Friday, July 19, 2013


Yesterday I entitled my post "For Whom the Binoculars Search." It was a post about the passing of Canadian artist Alex Colville. The title was a nod to the famous quotation from John Donne, which is underlined below

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

- John Donne, Meditation XVII
I loved the fact that Ann Mullen posted a comment on my blog saying that she enjoyed the literary references. It's wonderful to connect with people through a shared interest. In this case it's a poet and a favourite quotation.

Ancient Bells

Yes, we are all connected and the internet allows us to be connected to an ever expanding group of people. They become part of our life, enriching it with their posts, comments and pictures. Before the internet, we still had family, friends, neighbours and co-workers that connected with us and enriched our lives, even if they moved far away. However we can now expand all of this connectivity with on-line friends, who may actually begin a connection from very far away.

John Donne wrote the lines above somewhere around 1620.

"The more things change, the more they remain the same."

Have a connected day.

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