“A culture of speed rubs
up against a culture of
slowness and conquers
what it can.”
are just one sign of the
cultural shift towards
And quickly we learn
“All the World’s A
“….And All the Men
and Women Merely
Trapped in the Time Capsule
part of us
Zen and the Art of “Nomadic
Field of Dreamers
to each take
To Be or Not to Be, What’s My Role?
Blazing Trails or Following Footsteps?
How long will I be waiting
in the on deck Circle?
Casey Get Your Bat
Could “Casey at the Bat” swing
some sense into my confusion
“Casey at the Bat”
By: Ernest Thayer
A straggling few got
All crowds need a hero,
up to go in deep
just as the hero needs a crowd……
Clung to that hope
which springs eternal
in the human breast;
They thought, if only
Casey could get but a
whack at that -
We'd put up even
money, now, with
Casey at the bat.
And all the players need a Role
to make their mothers proud….
But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despis-ed, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.
A Familiar Summer Home
land the sun is
The band is
For even the hometown hero, somewhere
who crushed our hope hearts are light,
in the breathless clutch;
only failed in hitting the goal
while playing his role just as much
But there is no
The crisp spring air
pours through me…
I dig my steel toes into the batters box and try
to see beyond the centerfield fence line…
I daydream about crushing curveballs
into the stratosphere like Roger Maris
I daydream that
there’s two outs in the
bottom of the ninth and
Nolan Ryan’s on the
And I realize that most of my
heroes are people I’ve never even
They’ve been broadcast
into my world…
the ones who
The Setting Sun Closes the Curtain on the Good Ole’ Days,
Ushering in the Era of the New Nomad
Dark Days for the Hometown Hero
the end of an era?
Was this the end of
the small town
community as we
What happened to the
residents of Mudville after
the hometown hero’s
Maybe it’s not that the
Casey-like characters ever
left but that the crowd
Maybe Casey’s still at the bat.
If we are going to seek roles we could
use some role models……
…..If we are going to
continue to use more
“extensions of self” we
could use a little
Or are We Too Far Gone
to Get back Home?
With the signs of spring all around us, I wonder
what changes- if any- the new season will bring to the
All Photos were Taken By Josh Anderson Between 4/01 and
4/07 of 2009.
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York: Holt Paperbacks, 2007.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,
Shakespeare, William. As You Like it. Arden ed. of works by
William Shakespeare. London; New York: Routledge, 1989.
Thayer, Ernest. “Casey at the Bat.” Baseball Almanac. 3 April
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden.150th anniversary illustrated
ed. of the American Classics. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Todd Gitlin is quoted on slides 2, 5, 6, and 7
Lois Lowry is quoted on slides 11 and 18
William Shakespeare is quoted on slide 4
Ernest Thayer is quoted on slides 14, 15, and 16
Henry David Thoreau is quoted on slide 25