Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
The Hat & Pipe

According to several sources, Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6, 1854.  He has endured many iterations and will, no doubt, continue to do so as times goes on.  Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes.

I visited 221b Baker Street in September of 2009 and met Sherlock Holmes.  The gentleman, who was sitting in Sherlock Holmes’ chair confided that he came to visit one day and received an open invitation to return because he looked like Sherlock Holmes. His presence gave an authentic ambiance.  I like to think that he still visits.

Sherlock is looking out the window.

Sherlock is looking out the window.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Birthday MLK

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” 
 Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Albert Camus – Celebrating the 100th Birthday

Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday, Albert Camus.  Your life was a testament to courage.  Your devotion to  the cause of human rights continues to inspire us all.   Thank you.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” 
Albert Camus