16 September 2006


Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
Johan August Strindberg (1849-1912)

August Sander (1876-1964) [Self-Portrait, 1929]

August Wilson (1945-2005) [Image © Michael Romanos]

I spent a wonderful chunk of yesterday evening walking and talking with my youngest son August Béat Healey Johnson (14 February 2006- ); he is sweet and curious and beautiful and surely doesn't deserve the mayhem. There is hope in his eyes and smile.


PS: (Added: Later that same day ...) You may be unimpressed by artists and playwrites; If you Google "August Johnson" you will meet a coterie of characters ranging from a 19th Century Swede who was a professional strongman, to the fellow from Fargo, ND who invented (not the woodchipper but) the "Jiffy Hydaulic Lubricator Grease Gun" in the early 1920s, to a veteran of the old Negro Leagues who worked in the Physical Plant Dept. at Vanderbilt University for a half century. My little August and I went for a fun swim with his big brother Jeff at the local YMCA this afternoon.

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