Thursday Morning, June 21

1) I have been thinking a lot over the last few days about the old hymn:

"Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world."

And I have been wondering how many Christians who grew up singing that hymn support the President's policy and actions separating children from their families.

2) Yesterday was my first day back in the office after a couple recovery days from Reunions; at moments I felt like Grace Kelly describing her day in Rear Window. A few hours in the office to take care of some business, then a lovely buffet luncheon to celebrate a successful Commencement, after which I had to dash to the museum for a private staff tour, and then meet a vendor colleague for early drinks in the South End.

3) Devotional this morning brought me up short with The Art of Worldly Wisdom #223, Don't be eccentric: "Either out of affectation or because they don't notice, many people have notable eccentricities, and do whimsical things that are more defects than signs of distinction. Some people are known for a singularly ugly facial blemish, but eccentric people are known for a certain excess in the way they handle themselves. Being eccentric will only ruin your reputation. Your own special impertinence will rouse laughter in some and annoyance in others." And I thought, "Well, it's too late now!" For good or ill, I'm nothing if not eccentric.