As you may have noticed, there is a quote at the bottom of this blog, which I have attributed to one Mr. Spock. I have just learned, from a link on the Poetry Foundation website, that this quote is actually from a poem called "Desiderata", by one Max Ehrmann (1872-1945), a poet and lawyer from, of all places—are you ready for this?—Terre Haute, Indiana. Yes, my own municipality of origin.
Turns out—according to Wikipedia, which is always right—the poem was written in 1927, but later recorded by Leonard Nimoy (in character as Spock) as a piece called "Spock Thoughts" on one of his early albums. And that, my friends, is where I first encountered it, naturally. (If you don't know why I say "naturally," that means you're probably a person who doesn't know me in real life. Which is fine. Your readership is more than welcome.) Where was I? Oh yeah.... Spock. Terre Haute. Poetry. Blog.