Roads paved with good intentions

Robert Frost was always a favorite of mine. Namely, “the Road not Taken” poem.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler,
Long I stood And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

I’ve had a picture I think illustrates it as good as I can say it. But look at it another way.

Despite Frost’s advice, however, many people chose that well-traveled way of safety, security, and guarantees. Picture lots of road signs and familiar destinations, along with recommendations from others. And you’re on your merry way, so they say.

So, naturally, you just have to pay a few tolls — alright a lot of tolls — for the privilege of traveling the road. Other than that, what choice is there? But sooner or later, many people look down only to discover the road actually appears more like this.

The road less traveled Then at some point, the road you are on suddenly looks more like “the road less traveled by” in Frost’s poem. There are years of overgrowth and the pavement has obviously seen better days. How about those glamorous signs? Oh, what signs? You might have thought it was the main road, but you begin to question that.

I also have a more dramatic one but that’s for another time.

Of course, I can’t resist asking, is this one going to make “all the difference” in the end?
I only wish I could conclude it as nicely as Frost did, with or without the sigh.

Best and worst and time

One of the most famous of all quotes is the opening of Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two cities”.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

No, I’m no literary critic. But this sure makes me think of today and, you guessed it, Obama. He was the worst and the best — if you listen to the lamestream media and the left. We all know he is not the best, not even close. And these are by no means the best of times. But one doesn’t have to look too hard to think of the worst. “All around”, says the voice in my head… “everywhere”.

Note, maybe Just Gene will elaborate on that quote, since he’s reminded me of it several times.

Wiki says this:

The whole first paragraph is made up entirely of contrasting pairs like that one describing the era in which the novel is set (The French Revolution.) The fact that they are pairs is especially important, as “pairs” is one of the major motifs of the novel–things come in twos left and right throughout the story (A Tale of Two Cities, for example.)

A new book

A new book just released is called “Heaven Sent: The Heather Miller Story”.

It is the story of a child diagnosed with cancer and her family. It’s a tribute to this child, who may have been beyond her years; and through it how her story touched many others. Authored by a Pittsburg sports writer and her mother, Wendy. Almost certain to touch you in one way or another.

Heaven Sent

I don’t believe it’s available in stores.
Here is the link to publisher:

*** Proceeds go to children and their families battling cancer. ***