Monday, April 15, 2024

Tracking the decline …

 (18) More academic fraud among the 'equity' bunch? Say it ain't so!.

Naivete

… The Psychology of the Pollyanna . . .

Something to think on …

If you have work to do, don't wait to feel like it; set to work and you will feel like it.
— Henry James, born on this day in 1843

RIP …

… Sitcom King Lear - The American Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Our greatest essayist …

… Lucky Joe. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Epstein has been called a conservative, but that is only because the shallowness prevailing among the well-educated is usually leftist. What he really is is an exposer of bullshit in all its smelly varieties. 

Another word …

… Synecdoche | Word Genius.

A word for today …

… Hubris - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Truth and faith …

… Errol Morris on Documentary Filmmaking and Christopher Hitchens - Air Mail.

Truth is a quest. An endless procession through a labyrinth of evidence to a deeper understanding of what really is out there in the world. And yet, truth itself is something that we can’t know for certain—except, perhaps, under controlled or limited circumstances.

FYI …

 … Blogging note in seventeen syllables.

Another word …

… Fettle | Word Genius.

Many will recall the final stanza of  Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Felix Randall” — 

How far from then forethought of, all thy more boisterous years, 
When thou at the random grim forge, powerful amidst peers,
Didst fettle for the great grey drayhorse his bright and battering sandal!

Still,deserving some room at the top …

… Desire and Ambition. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In a literary sense, Room at the Top is a landmark work of Northern realism. “Certainly no one until John Braine had described the exact kind of urges operating within the post-war specimen,” wrote [Kenneth] Allsop.

His influence only increases …

… Lessons From the Life of Evelyn Waugh - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Although he was born nearly 121 years ago and died nearly 60 years ago, Waugh’s life is one filled with lessons for Catholics today.

This moment…

 … Things are getting ready to happen out of sight.

More to him than you may have though …

… W.S. Gilbert | Alexander Larman | The Critic Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.
— Arnold J. Toynbee, born on this date in 1889

A word for today …

… Arcane - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

A Poem …

A poem …

You are the sun in the corner of my picture


In a dream I am putting together

A puzzle. I think it is Eden

But I'm not sure- green here, a flower there.

And where would Eden be without trees?


You're the sun in the corner of my picture;

A look here, a contour there, and hints that

You're a lover who cannot be possessed.

But you are in my Eden and I am glad.


Assembling a puzzle of Eden leaves me

Halfway between architect and shaman.

There may be few ways to get it right.

“Unlucky”, I say to deflect attention.


It's best to have a good reason to talk to God

I'm always a fuck up but I get that right.

Jennifer Knox



Special delivery …

 … Something from Emily Dickinson.

Memories …

 … A band of sunlight and the dark rain.

Poetry and petals …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Flowering Crab.

Something to think on …

We are the breakers of our own heart.
— Eudora Welty, born on this date in 1909

And the winners are …

 (18) VFYW: Needle In A Bay Stack - by Chris Bodenner.

In case you wondered …

… Are Prose Poets Trolling Us? | The Walrus. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Wodehouse and the Church of England …

Sacred Mysteries: Why the world of Wodehouse was the Garden of Eden.(hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A word for today …

… Kerfuffle - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 …to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Example of presidential integrity and leadership …

 … President sets off brief uproar among the American public.

Time for a smile …

… (18) Bars Philosophers Opened on being Denied Tenure.

Something to think on …

We see things as we are, not as they are.
— Leo Rosten, born on this date in 1908

Eating poetry …

 … Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

Q & A …

… Katy Carl on Contemporary Catholic Fiction: Part I - Word on Fire. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Remembering …

… Anecdotal Evidence: `Fighting Against the Future'. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Just so you know …

… Paul Davis On Crime: The DEA On the Enduring and Emerging Threat of Drugs.

Another poem …

 …  James Schuyler —Buried at Springs

Here’s to you …

 … Drinking, a poem by Gabriela Mistral. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden,)

This past Sunday, April 7, marked the. 135th anniversary of Gabriela Mistral’s birth.

A word for today …

… Totem - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Litttle Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Well deserved …

… In praise of Evelyn Waugh - Mark McGinness - The Oldie. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

God bless her …

… Contrarian Lionel Shriver deftly satirizes anti-intellectualism in 'Mania' : NPR.

Lionel is a dear friend.

Real poetry for children …

… How Dennis Lee Cooked Up Alligator Pie | The Walrus. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The story of jazz …

… When Jazz Struck a Chord. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Sunny days …

 …All around physical life reconvenes in warm weather.

Sound advice …

… Autograph letter - Signed - Robert Frost - Bauman Rare Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
— William Hazlitt, born on this date in 1778

Another word …

… Empyrean - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

A word for today …

… Horology | Word Genius.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

A saint …

… Christian mother who forwent cancer treatments to protect her unborn child succumbs to cancer | Blaze Media.

Magnificent Seven …

 … Original group of astronauts announced by NASA.

Good …

… Campus Reform | Vanderbilt University suspends, expells students who occupied chancellor's office during pro-Palestinian protest.

A word for today …

… Cynosure | Word Genius.

A look at a a bad guy …

… Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At The Infamous Boston Criminal Whitey Bulger: My Crime Beat Column On 'Whitey: The Life Of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss'.

Pilot’s license

 … Rollin’ on the river in 185.

Something to think on …

The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.
— Charles Baudelaire, born on this date in 1821

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Monday, April 08, 2024

Hisorical anniversary …

 … 50 Years Ago Today: Hank Aaron's Record-Setting Home Run.

More about the eclipse …

 … Mark Twain commented upon the sun, Venus, and comets

Nature is never spent …

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil.

Sunny day …

 … Perhaps it is much ado about nothing.

Poems and paintings …

… North of Oxford | Reviews, Commentary, Essays, Poetry.

A fine poet …

… REVIEW: Light and Hope. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

The perception of duration itself presupposes a duration of perception.
— Edmund Husserl, born on this dat in 1859

Nice to know …

 His Word Was His Bond. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A word for today …

… Epoch - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower …  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Sunday, April 07, 2024

A poem by a master …

 … ‘The Heroes’, (hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Oh, great …

… Google Books Is Indexing AI-Generated Garbage. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

An honor deserved …

… Bard of the Common Man, Jimmy Breslin, a Deadline Artist, Gets the Library of America Treatment | The New York Sun. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Take a look at these …

… Dublin, Banville, and the Novel.

I was on assignment in Dublin some years, working on a piece about the centenary of Bloomsday. Ireland is a lovely place.

Patience …

 … It will be Summer — eventually.

A word for today …

… Puerile - Word Daily.

Something to think on …

For me, religiosity is ... the constant remembrance of the presence of the soul.
— Gabriela Mistral, born on this date in 1889

Let us …

 … to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Saturday, April 06, 2024

If you want one …

 (18) A Cure for Infatuation - by William F. Vallicella.

Portrait …

 … The Devil is his Rider.

Thoreau — a fine appreciation…

… Thinking disobediently? | OUPblog. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Another blogging note …

 I just have too much to do just now. Blogging is going to be spotty for a while. I’ll post when I can. Bear in mind I try to read is sent to me before I post a link. That takes time.

Blogging note …

 I have much to deal with in my personal life these, not least of which is my wife’s current infirmity. So I will get to blogging when I can.  Please bear with me.

Thin in every sense

… Posthumous publication: Honoring an author’s wishes or literary grave robbing. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Novels in translation are often prey for the whims of quixotic or plain bad writing, but lines such as “his whole being radiated a distinctive air through his fresh eau de cologne” are not just bathetic but suggest that either the book’s translator Anne McLean was not up to the job or, more likely, Márquez’s existing work was so poor that even the most talented interpreter would be unable to make headway with its incomprehensibilities and banalities. 

A poem by a master …

… The Giantess by Richard Eberhart | Poetry Magazine. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Eberthart, who died in 2005 at 101, would have turned 120 yesterday.

I’ll not be a reader …

 …  Some books are simply unnecessary: this is one of them.

A dubious biography …

… Mist, Fog and Funder - Quadrant Online. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Despite its ostensible focus being on Eileen Blair, Wifedom is largely a personal attack on Orwell himself.  

Hmm…

 … Nature takes away our playthings one by one

Being and mind …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Abstraction, Sonnet #624.

For your reading pleasure …

 … Today’s Poem: Here. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I spent a pleasant day once chatting with Rhina at the West Chester University Poetry Conference.

Something to think on …

The man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses.
— Lowell Thomas, norn on this date in 1892

Q&A …

 (18) Colossus Revisited - by Moira O'Shea - Autofiction.

A word for today …

… Transmogrify | Word Genius.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower —   Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Friday, April 05, 2024

In case you wondered …

… What Is Aramaic? - Biblical Archaeology Society.

Haiku …

 A green haze in spring:

We are graced by a willow.

Take a walk and see.

Jennifer Knox

Another word …

… Epicurean - Word Daily.

A word for today …

… Cosmopolis | Word Genius.

Blogging note …

 I had a very long day yesterday, and this morning, most uncharacteristically, I overslept. So I have things to do right now, and blogging will have to wait until this afternoon, when I return from my mabdatiory daily walk.

Appreciation …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Once A Prince Of the City: A Look Back At Robert Leuci, Crime Writer & Former NYPD Detective.

One day at a time …

 … Spring comes quickly…

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Something to think on …

Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which.
— Algernon Charles Swinburne, on this date in 1837

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Blogging note …

 I am about to visit my wife. Blogging will resume later.

Why I’m not a fan …

… Pope says some 'backward' conservatives in US Catholic Church have replaced faith with ideology | AP News.
 
Kiss my ass, your Holiness.

How I and other fans feel …

… 5 awards for the Phillies after dropping series to the Reds | PhillyVoice.

Traveling …

 … Does the road wind up-hill all the way?

Hmm…

 … ZOMBIES IN PARADISE. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Gathering poems …

… A Garden of Verses - JSTOR Daily. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Drawing from a tradition with antecedents in antiquity, the practice of editing a commonplace book required a student to collect fragments of writing that interested them—portions of dialogue, bits of sermons, selections of poems—and arrange them together

Contemplating curtail call …

… Everything Must Go: The Stories We Tell About the End of the World by Dorian Lynskey - review by Mark Blacklock. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Evidently, the time is ripe for a survey of the branch of cultural production concerned with the end of the world. And yet, as Lynskey points out, tales have been told about it for as long as we’ve been doing story. 

Something to think on …

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
— Maya Angelou, born on this date in 1928

For the season …

… Easter Movies: "Hail Caesar!" and "Risen" ~ The Imaginative Conservative. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A word for today …

… Hoary - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

A fine writer …

… Critics At Large : Podcast: Interview with Judith Fitzgerald (1985). (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Judith and I used to correspond back in the day. God rest her soul.

Q&A …

 … Episode 583 – Leela Corman.

Much in what he says …

 (18) Good Societies and Good Lives - by William F. Vallicella.

I buy a lottery ticket every now and then on a whim. I once even won the daily lottery. Once, mind you. But I know plenty of of people who buy them daily.and buy a lot of them. Notba good idea.

Watching and envying …

 … Perfect day in some ways.

Marking time in 17 syllables …

 … On Wednesday’s visit to the gastroenterologist.

Good fortune …

 … On Serendipity. Bob Dylan in New Orleans, April 1, 2024. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

A word for today …

… Volute | Word Genius.

Sounds like it’s well worth watching …

 … ‘The Incomparable Mr. Buckley’ Review: Withering Wit and Wisdom. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Bill, in fact, was a very nice man.

Something to think on …

The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
— Washington Irving, born this date in 1783

RIP …

… John Barth, towering literary figure and revered mentor, dies at 93 | Hub. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

For your reading pleasure …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Chapter 12: On Yankee Station.

Book Review …

 … David McCullough on Ohio and a road less travelled.

Funeral music …

 … I thought my mind was going numb…

Hitting it off … …

 … When Rand Met Oppenheimer: A Neglected Irony. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Sounds worrisome …

… Rogue Strands: The Elephant in the Poetry Publishing Room. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… sales were already low, but they’re now pitiful.

A poem …

 …  Today’s Poem: Simple Is Hard. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.
— Hans Christian Andersen, born on this date in 1805

A word for today …

… Funambulist - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Monday, April 01, 2024

All I can say …

 … is Wow! A wondrous 

Ave Maria.

Faith and poetry …

 … John Finlay’s Prayer to the Father.  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Where we all find ourselves eventually …

 … John Finlay’s Prayer to the Father. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It’s also where I find myself now.

Glenn’s usual insightful analysis …

… That 1938 Feeling - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Remembering a true hero …

 … The man who wrestled global hunger to the ground.

Very worrisome …

… 38 Chaplains Ask Supreme Court To Stop U.S. Military Retaliation.

There does seem to be an anti-religious trend these days.

Funny fellow …

 … Remembering stand-up comic who inspired Mark Twain.

Not whom you may think …

 … America’s Great Poet of Darkness. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Q&A …

… North of Oxford | Reviews, Commentary, Essays, Poetry.

Fine poetry …

… Quill & Parchment:l

Distressing tale, lovely photos …

… John Banville, David Mitchell, and getting shaken-down in Egypt, Ireland and Canada.

Hard times in 1946 …

 … This was no April Fool’s joke for my family.

Reconsideration …

 … Something worthwhile from our paradoxical POTUS.

Thank you, Rabbi Barclay …

 … Why a Rabbi Wants Biden to Stop Taking Jesus Out of Easter

Remembrance and appreciation …

… Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column On A Cop's Cop: A Look Back At The Late John Timoney, The Philadelphia Police Commissioner From 1998 To 2002.

‘Tis April …

 (18) Happy National Poetry Month! - by tspoetry.

For the season …

… (18) Today's Poem: Easter Morning. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

What is needed is not a revolution in the opposite direction, but the opposite of a revolution.
— Joseph de Maistre, born on this date in 1753

A word for today …

… Vernal - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … to the Little Flower — Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Let us pray …

… What Easter means in the Holy Land this year, in the middle of war | America Magazine.

Appreciation …

 … The Mystery and Grace of Paul Simon(Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I think it worth mentioning that Simon did not write “Scarborough Fair.} it’s a traditional English ballad.

Try not to suffocate the poor …

 … On Easter morning all over America.

Honoring this day …

… A Medidation after Easter | National Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Something to think on …

Self-discovery is above all the realization that we are alone.
— Octavio Pax, born on this date in 1914

Poetry and boxing …

… All a Matter of Tense | Commonweal Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave lull.)

The collection opens with an epigraph from Sonny Liston: “Some day they’re gonna write a Blues song for fighters. / It’ll just be for slow guitars, soft trumpet, and a bell.” Here, Ryan has taken two sentences spoken by Liston after defeating Floyd Patterson in 1962 and broken them into two lines. By treating Liston’s speech as if it were poetry, Ryan allows us to see that Liston’s speech is poetry.

He is risen …

… Father Frank Pavone to Newsmax: Easter 'Is Like a Reset Button' | Newsmax.com.

A word for today …

… Gallinaceous | Word Genius.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

A haiku …

 

A field of flowers...

Right here is where we made love.

Good memories come.

Jennifer Knox

Another chance …

 … Something new in the air today…

Thisness …

… Zealotry of Guerin: Poetry and Fiction by Christopher Guerin: Song of the Telegraph (Charles Burchfield), Sonnet #623.

Something to think on …

Remember, all of man's happiness is in the little valleys. Tiny little ones. Small enough to call from one side to the other.
— Jean Giono, born on this date in 1895

The lasting influence of scholasticism …

… Jesuit Britain? | Acton Institute.. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… the deployment of ideas like Suárez’s against the absolutism of writers like Robert Filmer was sometimes covert, since open acknowledgement of their Spanish Jesuit provenance would have been politically disadvantageous.


Connoisseur of doubt …

… Daniel Kahneman Was Sometimes Wrong, and Always Right - The Atlantic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

 “We would all like to have a warning bell that rings loudly whenever we are about to make a serious error, but no such bell is available, and cognitive illusions are generally more difficult to recognize than perceptual illusions,”

A word for today …

 Risible - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

  1.  … to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Friday, March 29, 2024

A poem …

Appraisal


Life’s mystery deepens as time proceeds.

He’s less sure now of everything.

And doubt turns out to have  its thrills.


Nearby Muzak — or whatever — plays a vintage tune

Conjuring parties long past, elsewhere some tabloid

Headlines a famous beauty’s imminent demise.


Life’s mystery deepens as time proceeds.

The past catches up as the future recedes,

While deflowered winter courts the barren heart.

The perfect piece for today …

… Good Friday changed St. Veronica. Her example changed my work as a prison chaplain. | America Magazine.

Now we need scientists …

… to demonstrate common sense … (18) Scientist dispute stupid with, you know, facts.

Of course, common sense seems increasingly less common these days. 

Sad but true …

 …  AN EASTER REVERIE: THE GREAT CLOUD OF UNKNOWING IN CHRISTIAN “LEADERSHIP” BOOKS

Blogging note …

 I am not feeling well today. I may do a little blogging later today, but I’m not sure just now.

Verdict: Guilty …

 … Sensational trial ends in couple’s conviction.

Remembering the past …

 … Honoring Vietnam War era veterans in the U.S.

Hmm …

 … ‘Write Like a Man’ Review: Diana Trilling’s Challenge.  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

The principal figure here is Diana Trilling, a brilliant essayist and the wife of the celebrated cultural critic Lionel Trilling. Diana, “the more abrasive of the two,” Ms. Grinberg writes, balanced her husband’s checkbook and deftly edited his drafts. But when she offered similar editorial help to various male friends, they took it (as she herself reported) “as an assault on their masculinity.”

Something to think on …

For the essential thing about the work of art is that it is work, and very hard work too.
— Joyce Cary, ho died on this date in 1957

A word for today …

… Stochastic | Word Genius.

Let us pray …

 …;to the Little Flower —  Miraculous Invocation to St. Therese.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Blogging note …

 I had much to do today of a personal matter. Blogging will resume tomorrow.

Strange story …

 … Blennerhassett Island – staging ground for high treason.

Celebration …

 … Belated recognition of March 27th anniversary.

Listen in …

… Paul Davis On Crime: Discussing Crime On Dawn Stensland's Philadelphia Talk Radio WPHT 1210 Program.

Just so you know …

… Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column: Take Steps To Avoid The Violent Crime Of Carjacking.

Remembering …

 … The death of a great American.

Take a look …

 Top Shots: Compelling Images From Our Region. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Hometown …

 … Superior Blues. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Superior,  I learned as a child, was home to the world's largest grain elevator and charcoal briquet plant.  It had the cleanest water, and the highest per capita number of saloons and bordellos.  It was the birthplace of Morrie Arnovich, second greatest Jewish baseball player and contained the world's second largest trainyard, second only to Chicago.

Something to think on …

Any writer who knows what he's doing isn't doing very much.
— Nelson Algren, orn on this date in 1909

A word for today …

… Prescind - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower —  Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

RIP …

… Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has died | CNN Politics.

Not an ordinary gardener …

 … Well, this one certainly surprised me!

The man who gave us Middle Earth …

… The Notion Club Papers - an Inklings blog: Review of Tolkien's Faith: a spiritual biography by Holly Ordway (2023).  (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Books and war …

 … The Pulp of Culture: On Andrew Pettegree’s “The Book at War”. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Patience and persistence …

 … “But God made no answer…”

The enkindled spring …

 …  “My spirit is tossed about like a shadow…”

Something to think on …

Conscience. That stuff can drive you nuts
— Budd Schulberg, born on this date in 1914

An odd job …

… Death and typos: my six strange years screening online obituary comments | Life and style | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Let us pray …

 … withe the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

A word for today …

… Inosculate - Word Daily.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Just so you know …

The basic ways the gov steals your money:

  • if you earn it, income tax
  • if you live somewhere, property tax
  • if you spend it, sales tax
  • if you save it, inflation tax
  • if you invest it, capital gains tax
  • if you start a business, licenses
  • if you own a good business, profit tax
  • if you give it away, gift tax
  • if you die, inheritance tax

Fascinating …

 … MY LONG STRANGE TRIP TO ARISTOPHANES’ GERYTADES. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Between the March and April line…

 … The saddest noise, the sweetest noise…

Not what you may have thought …

The chilling truth about Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, America’s favourite poem.

(Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Wearing white …

 … About the woodlands I will go.

Three poets born on this date …

 …  Dorothy Porter.

…  A. E. Housman.

Robert Frost.

(Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Just so you know …

 (18) A Comparison of the Roles of Doubt in Philosophy and in Religion.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes …

 …  Words, words, words. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

On the Bard’s four-hundred-year legacy.

Something to think on …

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
— Joseph Campbell, born on this date in 1904

A word for today …

… Chinook - Word Daily.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Hear, hear …

… Steven Spielberg Decries Anti-Semitism & "History Repeating" At Shoah Ceremony.

The new anti-semitism is something we should all deplore.

Sad — but so true …

Why our institutions keep going woke and going broke.

A dubious figure …

 … Peace, Drugs, Earth Day, And Murder — A Look Back At Philadelphia’s Ira Einhorn

Spring …

 … “We have short time to stay…”

Abbess of Andalusia …

 … “I was just there to assist the chicken…”

Blogging note …

 I have many things to deal with today. Blogging will not resume until later, possibly much later.

A word for today …

… Rupestrian | Word Genius.

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower — Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Something to think on …

You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd.
— Flannery O’Connor, born on this date in 1925

Sunday, March 24, 2024

This is nuts …

… No 'human era' in Earth's geological history, scientists say.

We humans have obviously been affecting the Earth since our emergence here — hunting, farming, trade, roads, houses, towns, etc.  Maybe these people should sit dow and read H. G. Wells’s An Outline of. History. Or maybe Toynbee.

Demand it courageously …

 … Make some room for yourself, human animal.

Washed in His blood …

 … “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”

Something to think about …

 (18) Attack and Defense - by Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Listen in …

 … Episode 581 – Edith Hall

Pushback …

… Wendell Berry: What Paul Krugman Gets Wrong About Rural America. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.(

A person who has no idea of goodness can have no good ideas. If one cannot imagine dealing with rural rage except by fighting it, one is already too late.

Something to think on …

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.
— Malcolm Muggeridge, born on this date in 1904

Putting things straight …

… Like Esther, I Stand for Jewish Peoplehood.

I sat through several hours of these public comments and endured many distortions and outright lies read into the public record, including statements denying that Hamas attackers engaged in sexual violence against Israeli women (there were cheers in the overflow room when that happened). And although many pro-Palestinian speakers invoked the number of Palestinians killed and the other deeply painful results of this war, none could bring themselves to concede that it was Hamas who broke the existing cease-fire on October 7, or that Israelis have a right to live in peace.

Another word …

… Nascent - Word Daily.

A word for today …

… Quiddity | Word Genius

Let us pray …

 … with the Little Flower —  Daily Scripture & Reflections.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Take a look at these

… Photographer Captures Christ The Redeemer Holding The Moon | PetaPixel.

Hush…

 … God is going to sleep

Theology with a beat [sort of) …

 … Karl Rahner’s theology of The Beatles.

Always concerned about pastoral matters, Rahner abstained from opining about the Beatles or their recordings. Indeed, he generally recused himself from the role of critic, instead expressing interest in the phenomenon of Beatlemania. Witnessing the Beatles’ fervent audience, Rahner observed, is “important for the preacher if he wants to know what today’s people are ‘actually’ like.”

RIP …

 … Vernor Vinge, influential sci-fi author who warned of AI ‘Singularity,’ has died.