Wednesday, February 21, 2024

A lot cleaner than today …

 … What 6 Major State Capitals Looked Like 100 Years Ago.

Recommended Reading …

 … 25 great novelists who reflect on faith.

Worth watching for sure …

… Jack Whitehall 'delighted' Netflix resurfaces his forgotten BBC drama | What to Watch. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I just looked it up on Netflix, which said they don’t have it.

Well worth noting …

… and of course reading: Jesus's favourite reference when preaching: the Book of Psalms - Catholic Herald. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Who knew …

 … Being a Public Librarian Can Be Dangerous Work, Why Don’t We Acknowledge That?  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.’

No lie there … …

 … We’re Living Under A Tyranny Of Mediocre Morons.

Auden’s day …

 … Looking up at the stars…

Bloggng note …

 My internet is back. So I will be beblogging as usual later today. Right now, I have to get ready for my mandatory morning walk.

Haven’t watched it …

… and don’t intend to… The False Christ of The Chosen - Crisis Magazine.  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

If you discover a new Christ outside the Church, who has never been presented within the Church, then every red flag in your vicinity should be whirring like a helicopter; every antenna should be up and beeping. Any “new” Christ you discover at this point is simply “another Jesus” that St. Paul warns us about (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Something to think on …

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
— john Henry Newman, born on this date in 1891

A word for today …

… Anachronistic - Word Daily.

A poem for today …

 … Stephen Dunn — In Other Words.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower —= Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Blogging note …

 I am writing this at the restaurant where Katherine and I are having dinner after Mass. my internet at home is down right now. So I won’t be blogging I get it fixed. 

Something to think on …

I said to the almond tree, 'Sister, speak to me of God.' And the almond tree blossomed.
— Nikos Kazanzakis, bor on this date in 1883

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Sounds like a difficult felow …

… Review: The ins and outs of a friendship with Graham Greene | America Magazine.

One day at a time …

 … Following the King’s advice.

Reasonable advice from the monarch …

 … How to get through life.

Heartbreaking…

 … Navalny’s friend speaks out: “Yes, it’s scary to talk, it’s been scary for a long time.

The world seems to be going, as they used to say, to hell in a hand basket.

This seems to happening everywhere …

… Diversity and the death of polite society - The Conservative Woman.

Such trends are a prime illustration of why diversity is not our strength. Quite the opposite: it means that society has no sound basis from which to function. Fragmentation is the proper term for what has happened to our country in recent decades; ‘diversity’ is its dishonest, ideological moniker. 

Zelda Fitzgerald

 


I'm not an expert on the relationship between Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. And I don't know how much of Zelda's famous novel -- Save Me The Waltz -- Scott rewrote. All I know is that I was happy to read the novel last week, and that the first part, especially, is excellent. Part of what I liked so much was the introduction of a new voice: this is the interwar period, the expatriate era, from the perspective of a woman, a wife, a mother, an artist. Sure, Zelda's writing was ornamented -- with lots of flourish and song; but that didn't bother me: instead, I thought that flourish contributed to her successful evocation of Europe between the wars. The second half of the novel, in which Alabama Beggs transforms into a succesful dancer and travels to Naples for her first major show, continued many of the themes introduced at the start of the book: this part, though, was perhaps more predictable in its arc. Still, I thought the work stood up against critique, and that Zelda had created a complete novel, one full of character and emotion. Ultimately, Save Me The Waltz is a sad book full of regret and nostalgia (and some humor, too). As a contribution to the expatriate cannon, it certainly deserves a place. 

But I may be repeating myself …

 … First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

Taking on Hell …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Dulle Griet (Pieter Bruegel The Elder).

Author and musician …

… Anthony Burgess: The Devil Prefers Mozart. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Burgess often said that he thought of himself as a musician who happened to be a novelist. The Devil Prefers Mozart allows us to see the full range of his musical interests, both as a critic and as a composer. As you would expect from Burgess, these essays are written with the energy and panache that we associate with the best of his fiction


Something to think on …

Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.
— Ronald Knox, born on this date in 1888

Worth pondering this days …

… C.S. Lewis and the Development of Doctrine - The Catholic Thing. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

What is required to make sound moral judgments, Lewis contends, is deep training in the virtues. For only when these virtues have been internalized and become second nature will we be able to make such determinations. As Lewis writes, referencing Plato’s Republic (and likely Dante as well), “Only those who are practicing the Tao will understand it. It is the well-nurtured man, the cuor gentil, and he alone, who can recognize Reason when it comes.”

A word for today …

… Shambolic - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Let’s hope not …


Is Line Editing a Lost Art?  (The Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Hmm…

 …  “All, all are gone, the old familiar faces…”

Something to think on …

They know enough who know how to learn.
— Henry Adams, born on this date in 1838

An offbeat pastime …

 … An introduction to presidential grave-hunting. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A poem for this morning …

 … A. R. Ammons — Everything.

I fear he may be right …

… Calvin Trillin paints a portrait of a disappearing journalism - Los Angeles Times. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Many may find this useful …

 … Announcing the new ‘Coddling’ documentary and some advice on fighting depression.

A word for today …

… Cavil - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Hmm…

 …In this short Life that only lasts an hour (1292)

It’s fun! It’s magic! …

 … Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo…

I can attest to that …

 … No, the 1950s Weren’t ‘Dull’ and ‘Conformist.’ Neither Were the Movies. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Mark thy calendar …

… Feb 17 - Feb 28 events from Moonstone.

Something by Southey …

 …  The Old Man’s Complaints. And how he gained them.

Metanoia …

 … ‘I Changed My Mind’. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

After you understand about the sun and the stars and the rotation of the earth, you may still miss the radiance of the sunset.
— Alfred Notth Whitehead, born on this date in  1861

The grand Falls …

… Niagara by William Wetmore Story - (hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Story was born on this date in 1819.

From the Chinese …

… Deborah Bogen: Three poems by Yongbo Ma | Vox Populi. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

A word for today …

… Torpid - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Hardly surprising …

 …Why People Hate The Media

It grieves me to see this, but it’s true.

Just so you know…

… Concealed Carry Crime Stats 2024: The Impact of Open Carry on Crime in the U.S..

Faith …

 … “What are we bound for?”

For the day …

… (16) Love Tips from Lucretius - Classical Wisdom.

Time for a smile …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Little Humor: Celebrating Valentine's Day.

A poem for today …

 Flames of the Heart

By Jennifer Knox

Flames of the heart — can we crash and burn again?

Wind me up, then let my clock-work start!

Clench me, wench me, play with me, stay with me.

Be one in the echoing rooms of my heart.


I think of you in the grassy knoll

Where sweetly reign the bee and sparrow.

In our minds eye we can always go

Where times of love blot out life's sorrow.


Love's autumnal passage is a ride

Through fiery colors wistfully embraced,

Fond memories drip like honey from the lips

And slowly the saber rises from the lake.


Even as love's autumn leaves turn again

Flames of the heart, can we crash and burn again?

Listen in …

 … The Virtual Memories Sow —  Episode 576 – Aaron Lange

Another word …

… Postprandial - Word Daily.

Vintage romance …

… The world's oldest love poem is 4,000 years old. | Interesting Facts.

Old philosopher …

 … “I am ready to depart”

It’s not easy being green …

 … “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously”

A word for today …

… Diegesis | Word Genius.

For Ash Wednesday …

… On the Sermon of an Agnostic - The Catholic Thing. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A poem …

 … Today’s Poem: Tichborne's Elegy. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.(

Let us pray …

 … withe the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & .Reflections

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Thoughts from a law professor …

 Time for Consequences - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Robbing an orchard …

 … “We, the Fairies, blithe and antic…”

Time to find out …

… Did you know the stories behind these 12 catchy slogans?

On sale now …

… reutter, g emil - Glint | Moonstone Arts Center.

Going to the museum …

 … “I still hear the dishpan bell of the yellow trolley”

But will it work?

 … President orders sustained bombing campaign.

Just so you know …

… 6 Subjects That Are No Longer Taught in Schools.

These are pretty interesting …

… In Mexico City, Artist Theodora Allen Presents Mystical, Medieval Visions in Blue.

Something to think on …

If each one of us could make just one other happy, the whole world would know happiness
— Georges Simenon born on this date in 1993

A word for today …

… Anomalous | Word Genius.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Looking back …

 Paul Davis On Crime: Inside Government Radio Program.

Time for a smile …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Little Humor: Philadelphia's Four Major Food Groups.
 
I grew up with them and I live sround the corner from Pat’s and Genos.

Unlikely recruit …

 … Revolutionary War hero born in Poland on this day in 1746.

Resting in peace …

 … American patriot dies of a stroke at age 52 in Vermont.

Long overdue …

 … Homecoming 1973.

Musical history …

 … “It starts with an outrageous cadenza of the clarinet”

A masterwork for sure

 Happy Birthday, Rhapsody in Blue - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Hardly surprising …

 … Composed in 1924, George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ Stands Tall to This Day.

Something to think on …

Something rubs off from everything you read, observe, and tinker with.
— R. F.. Delderfield born on this date in 1912

Things change …

 (16) Let newspapers die - Don Surber.

Another word for the da …

… Ratiocinate | Word Genius.

Cool guy …

… Small Is Bountiful - The American Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A poem for today …

 … Dorothea Lasky — Mother.

A word for today …

… Furbelow - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Ittle Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.