Odds and Ends

Dear Editor,

September 11, 2021

We will probably never learn whether hijacked Flight 93 was headed for the Capitol or the White House. Probably the former, and a major catastrophe.

For those familiar with memorable poetry. Who wrote the following: “Life is earnest And the grave is not its goal.”?

(A) Kipling (B) Holmes (C) Bryant (D) Longfellow (Answer below)

For the urban world, soil is dirt, mud… but soil is the source of our food, the very future of humanity. We must recognize that soil has a higher value than gold.” (Manfred Kern, TIME, Dec 13, 2010)

I don’t play chess but I assumed it was a stressful game. Still, I was surprised to learn that a Stanford U. study determined that an expert playing in a chess tournament can burn up to 6,000 calories. (“Nat Geog.”,3-20-20)

Two hundred years after Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, accused of being a witch and a heretic, another trial reversed the verdict and declared her innocent. (TIME, Sept, 13-20, 2021)

Maine harvests between 2 and 3 million pounds of oysters annually. (“Down East: Best of Maine” mag., Sept. 2021)

I think we can all agree that the Lions’ club, the Elks’ club, and similar organizations do not get enough credit for all they do in the community.

“Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” (Abe Lincoln, “The Book of Amazing Curiosities”)

Answer to above: (D) Longfellow

Bob Hall