Vilnius

Last night in a chapter entitled Europe’s Last Pagans Andres Kasekamp discussed 13th Century Lithuanian diplomacy:

Mindaugas also erected a rudimentary Christian cathedral in Vilnius. His choice was political: with external aid, he defeated his internal enemies, secured peace in the west to concentrate on expansion in the east and achieved international recognition of his realm.

—Andres Kasekamp, A History of the Baltic States, (London: Palgrave, 2018), p. 16.

Today in front of the cathedral a dance remix of The Doors “Love Her Madly” was included in music played for crowds watching the Vilnius Marathon. On the shelves of the woman I’m renting from is Huxley’s Doors of Perception:

 Meanwhile the BBC informs me Drone President #2 calls for “a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government.”

I can think of little I’d like better to do right now than work on my ability to read Aldous Huxley in Lithuanian. On the other hand, I could be in California helping a Chicago community organizer stump for the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein.

There are times I am awed with the breadth of possibilities life offers.

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