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Monday, February 18, 2013

#8: The Mt. Rushmore Series (Special Edition)

Which four specific things would you have trouble living without? I don't mean the obvious like family or friends or generic stuff like your hobbies. You won't see books, music or film on my Mt. Rushmore even though imagining my life without them is difficult. I'm talking about stuff like...

1.) Indoor plumbing - There are some conveniences I could do without. Toilets and a shower? No thanks.

2.) Pizza - I genuinely like many foods but a world without pizza is my idea of food hell.

3.) National parks - For this legacy alone, Teddy Roosevelt earned his place on the real Mt. Rushmore.

4.) Public libraries - Being my most recent addition, this sacred public institution is my equivalent to Teddy Roosevelt's place on the mountainside.

OK, given the holiday, aside from sharing your four items on this iteration of Mt. Rushmore, the added bonus today is offering up your idea for a 5th president to join the other four out in South Dakota. Keep your nomination among the dead presidents, please; less potential for friction. But do offer the rationale for your choice; I'm curious about that.


  1. Pat,

    1.Life experience.. My greatest teacher.

    2.Silence... My companion in meditation.

    3.Compassion... My chaperon who tries to keep my own ego in check.

    4.Modern medicine... Without great doctors there's no "me" in this world to enjoy anything.

    Sorry, but my nomination for a 5th president at Mt.Rushmore comes not from a person of European ancestry but of a true native American. Chief Joseph was a true American hero. One of his most famous quotes was:

    "Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself -- and I will obey every law or submit to the penalty."

    Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekht has spoken
    for his people.

    - Chief Joseph

    Sounds about as American as you could get.

    He was not technically president out of our European based political system. However, his statement and leadership sound like he could give anyone else a run for the money. And then some.


  2. Peter; So good to see you commenting again. I missed your thoughtfulness. Especially like the idea of a Native American as the fifth head on Rushmore; wish I'd thought of that! Hope to see more from you soon.

  3. 1. Peanut Butter and flannel sheets (simple pleasures)
    2. People who are way smarter than I am (for so many reasons)
    3. Telephone (so I can hear the voices of people I love)
    4. A walk in the woods or a day in the garden (for peace and wonder)