A Cooler Country
I’m a summer person. At least, I always have been. This summer may
have cured me of that. I don’t know how the summer temperatures have
been in your corner of the world, but down here in the subtropical south,
they’ve been brutal. For the first time in my life, I believe I’m actually
looking forward to winter.
This page sent me in search of a cooler country. In Finland, the highs
were in the 60’s today, so that’s where I decided to go. I’m not sure
Finland would be to my liking in the middle of winter. But, right now,
it seems just perfect.
The House by the Side of the Road
There are hermit souls that live withdrawn in the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart, in a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths where highways never ran;
But let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man.
Let me live in a house by the side of the road, where the race of men go by;
The men who are good and the men who are bad, as good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat, or hurl the cynic’s ban;
Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.
I see from my house by the side of the road, by the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope, the men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles, nor their tears, both parts of an infinite plan;
Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.
— Sam Walter Foss
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