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Maclin Horton
Fairhope, Alabama [email: my first name followed by a period followed by my last name at]
Victor Hugo said "50 is the youth of old age." Now it's 60, I think.
Interests: music, literature, film, politics., catholic spirituality and doctrine
Recent Activity
Several weekends ago my wife and I went to the opening at the Mobile Medical Museum of an exhibit which featured Dr. James A. Franklin, Sr., and his work: "Dreaming at Dawn: African Americans and Health Care, 1865-1945." This rather inadequate photo is of the portrait of him displayed in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Light On Dark Water
THE LATEST DECALOGUE Thou shalt have one God only; who Would be at the expense of two? No graven images may be Worshipped, except the currency. Swear not at all; for, for thy curse Thine enemy is none the worse. At church on Sunday to attend Will serve to keep... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light On Dark Water
A few years ago I picked up two of William F. Buckley, Jr.'s spy novels from a giveaway table at the library. I've never been a big fan of Buckley's writing as such, but I like the genre, and was curious as to how Buckley handled it. Recently, having begun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
HOUSE OF REST Now all the world she knew is dead In this small room she lives her days The wash-hand stand and single bed Screened from the public gaze. The horse-brass shines, the kettle sings, The cup of China tea Is tasted among cared-for thing Ranged round for me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
So Kavanaugh has been confirmed. As I fully expected would be the case, the result is not peace but mutual declarations of war. There isn't going to be any post-game handshake and congratulation here. Rather, many or most on both sides are saying "Our enemies now stand revealed as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
(Note: the reference is to church windows; this poem is part of Herbert's long sequence The Church, which in turn is part of The Temple, which contains most of his English poetry.) THE WINDOWS LORD, how can man preach thy eternall word ? He is a brittle crazie glasse :... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I can't remember whether it was before or after the Ford accusations became public, but at some point a couple of weeks ago I said of the Kavanaugh hearings that their one absolutely certain effect would be a net increase in the amount of hate in this country. Rod Dreher... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
EPISTLE TO BE LEFT IN THE EARTH ...It is colder now, there are many stars, we are drifting North by the Great Bear, the leaves are falling, The water is stone in the scooped rocks, to southward Red sun grey air: the crows are Slow on their crooked wings, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I'm writing this post on Thursday afternoon and scheduling it to be posted on Monday, as I'm going to be out of town for the next few days, and am a bit compulsive about not missing a week. I say "writing" but actually I'm mostly transcribing, as I don't really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY DEATH Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to me And the silence will set out Tireless traveler Like the beam of a lightless star Then I will no longer Find myself in life as in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Television is a drug, we've been told for decades. It really is. I don't like to think I'm hooked on it, and I can say in a certain sense that I "don't watch television." But that certain sense is what the phrase used to suggest (and I guess still does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
FIRST ODE FOR A VERY YOUNG LADY Shamming accuracy I was going to say that she is spherical... She is not, she consists of two spheres joined together by not much of a neck and six symmetrical protuberances ears, arms, legs-- plus a small knob in the centre of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
In response to recommendations from Rob G and Janet, I recently read Julien Green's Each Man In His Darkness. Well, I guess it wasn't only in response to them. I've run across Green's name now and then over the years in discussions of modern Catholic novelists. It usually turns up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Ent. When spring unfolds the beechen-leaf and sap is in the bough, When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow, When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain air, Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I finally decided to pay a little attention to the Jordan Peterson phenomenon, which I have pretty much been ignoring. I first heard of him by way of this post by Neo-neocon, in which she discusses the video in which Peterson is interviewed by an apparently well-known British journalist named... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE LANTERN OUT OF DOORS Sometimes a lantern moves along the light, That interests our eyes. And who goes there? I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where, With, all down darkness wide, his wading light? Men go by me whom either beauty bright In mould or mind or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I had intended to write about something else today, a couple of somethings else, actually, but was occupied with other things well into the evening, and in any case I would have a very hard time focusing on anything but the letter released yesterday by Archbishop Vigano. Surely you've heard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
THE COUNTRY CLERGY I see them working in old rectories By the sun's light, by candlelight, Venerable men, their black cloth A little dusty, a little green With holy mildew. And yet their skulls, Ripening over so many prayers, Toppled into the same grave With oafs and yokels. They left... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I feel obliged to say something about the latest eruption of sex-related scandals in the Church. I'm not sure exactly why I feel obliged. This blog is not primarily about religious matters, and a great deal happens in that realm that I don't feel any need to comment on. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Thrice toss these oaken ashes in the air, Thrice sit thou mute in this enchanted chair, Then thrice three times tie up this true love's knot, And murmur soft "She will, or she will not." Go burn these pois'nous weeds in yon blue fire, These screech-owl's feathers and this prickling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
Some years ago, probably quite a few though I'm not sure, I read a review of one of Joan Didion's books which said something to the effect that the chief or most engaging characteristic of her work is her sensibility. I may have that wrong, but whether or not it's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
NON SUM QUALIS ERAM BONAE SUB REGNO CYNARAE Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine; And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, I was desolate and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
This is about language and literacy, and may come across as grumpy old man stuff. I really don't feel grumpy about it, though. Well, all right, I admit I do find it annoying, just a little. But mainly find it amusing, and interesting. Language develops, and frequently the developments are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
IN THE TIME OF THE TUMULT OF NATIONS We thought that the worst was behind us in the time of the tumult of nations. We planned and we saved for the future in the time of the tumult of nations. The crowds in the streets were uneasy in the time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Light On Dark Water
I once had the ambition of being well-read. I mean really well-read--having read all the major books of the Western tradition, and the more important ones more than once, and being fairly intimate with the most important. Even after I got too far along in a life occupied with other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Light On Dark Water