"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Abe

Guess who showed up at the State House today?

Lots of people, actually. We had two joint sessions (House and Senate together.) The first was to hear the Governor's Budget Address. I'll be digesting all the proposed changes and cuts for quite some time.

We--House only--then legislated through a short calendar of bills.

At noontime we re-convened the Joint Session with the Senate. The Governor came back. He and the Speaker and the Senate President made some remarks. President Lincoln entered Representatives Hall, escorted by an Honor Guard in Civil War uniform. He gave his Gettysburg Address, and after a talk by a Lincoln historian, Lincoln present his Second Inaugural Address. In their remarks, the historian and the Speaker and the Senate President comments connected Lincoln with New Hampshire--he visited here right after making his historic appearance at the Cooper Union, at the start of his Presidential campaign. And prominent Granite Staters--Daniel Webster, Franklin Pierce, J.P Hale--featured in Lincoln's "backstory," as we writers might call it.

As you see in the above photo, I had a photo op with the late, great president in the Reps Hall antechamber.

I'm blogging on the fly from the diocesan offices. Two diocesan meetings this afternoon. Another "church and state" day, but as usual not in that order.

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