Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Little Learning

Alexander Pope

A Little Learning

A little learning is a dangerous thing ;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring :
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ;
While from the bounded level of our mind
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind,
But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ;
The eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ;
But those attained, we tremble to survey
The growing labours of the lengthened way ;
The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes,
Hill peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise !

- Alexander Pope

Friday, June 24, 2016

An Interview with Steven Demetre Georgiou

Cat Stevens
This is a great interview with the great Steven Demetre Georgiou, also known as Cat Stevens, also known as Yusuf Islam.  Two near death experiences, a faith transition, and many years later, Cat Stevens is still making music.  For those with eyes to see, his fondness for the story of Joseph in the Qur'an makes sense, and his work to help refugee children is commendable.

Which is your favorite Cat Stevens song?  Here are a few of my favorites: