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Date: January 16, 2003 at 20:07:25
From: Jane Greene again, [nr1-216-196-134-135.fuse.net]
Subject: Learning from the pearl casters


Not all celebrities on the Delta Queen were Presidents. Ever heard of William Carlos Williams? I have..only because my college degrees were in English and so were my sisters at the time that William Carlos Williams was on the Delta Queen and Mary was the social director. She was quite thrilled that this famous American poet, Pullitzer Prize winner was travelling with us. However, not EVERYONE had heard of this poet who in real life was a pediatrician. Mary prevailed upon him to read some of his famous poems one night for the passengers. I wasn't on the trip, but when I talked with my sister later, I asked how the evening went when Dr. Williams read his poems to the passengers.She said that it didn't go so well, that he may as well have been unpacking his suitcase for them...that they were just sorta counting the minutes till they could get up and do the hokey pokey.I was disappointed that nobody dug him, and cocluded that he was casting pearls before swine. And I thought the same when the famous Virgil Fos was playing classical music on the calliope at Cave-in-Rock to people who no doubt would rather hear chopsticks. However, at my ripe old age of 60, my entire views have changed...We are ALL swine and we are ALL pearl casters. EVeryone has areas of expertise which the other guy probably doesn't get...so rather than to look down on those who don't share our knowledge and appreciation for this and that, I've concluded that the important thing ONLY is to recognize the appreciation within ONESELF. As long as I know that I appreciate William Carlos Williams' poetry, that's all that matters. This all sounds lofty, no doubt, but the bottom line is "Don't condemn people who don't tap their toes to the same tunes that you do. They may know tons more than you in another area. Philosophically yours, Jane


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