Weekend 409.0

“When he [Rembrandt] painted The Return of the Prodigal Son, he had lived a life marked by great self-confidence, success, and fame, followed by many painful losses, disappointments, and failures. Through it all he had moved from the exterior light to the interior light, from the portrayal of external events to the portrayal of the […]

Christmas 2017 Sabbatical

A placeholder for all the stuff cluttering my mind and desk over this holiday sabbatical. “Taming the heart requires a sense of place. It roots not just the mind to a set of principles, but also the body to a piece of land.” – Francis Kline, Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church […]

Bermuda Redux

“As I looked at the glow, which I mistakenly thought had spatial boundaries, I was transported into an endless glossy sea with low clouds of gold on the horizon. Azure and gold, and all the sensations of warmth and ceaseless tropical life filled my brain. This was a place of rest, and, mysteriously, the source […]

Weekend 403.0

“For more than a century the charred walls of Orval were at the mercy of the weather and of stone—and treasure seekers.” – Spiritual Heights and Depths, 2011 (1) A quote from Trappist Beer Travels: Inside the Breweries of the Monasteries: “This time of prosperity and celebration was cut short in 1789 as the French […]

Weekend 402.0

(1) Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy (Blooloop) (2) Quotes from The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick: “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome […]

Weekend 391.0 (Rollin’ down the Imperial Highway)

“The absence of conversation didn’t bother Kafuku. He wasn’t good at small talk. While he didn’t dislike talking to people he knew well about things that mattered, he otherwise preferred to remain silent. He sat back in the passenger seat and idly watched the city streets go by. After years behind the wheel, the view […]

Weekend 387.0

(1) Dust My Shoulders Off (YouTube) (1a) Edward Hopper related posts from the Limestone Archives: Weekend 272.0 (22.2 x 21.5 x 9.8 inches) Subcityscape Weekend 270.0 (…in the shape of a MetroCard®) (1b) Edward Hopper books: Hopper (MoMA) Hopper Drawing (Whitney Museum of American Art) Edward Hopper Paints His World Staying Up Much Too Late: […]

2 very tragic minor literary characters (and places)

“Here was St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. How to build a hotel to meet the requirements of nineteenth century America and have it in keeping with the character of the place? that was my hardest problem.” – Henry Flagler In both cases, the places they were from was just as important […]

Weekend 378.0 (…so you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been)

(1) Small Stories: At Home in a Dollhouse (National Building Museum) (2) A quote from Staying Up Much Too Late by Gordon Theisen: “The Phillies sign does not overwhelm Nighthawks the way that “Ex-Lax” overwhelms Drug Store. But it does top the otherwise signless diner, like a false heaven that keeps the starlight out and […]

Gotham, Metropolis, The Big Apple…

A quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald “Over the great bridge, with the sunlight through the girders making a constant flicker upon the moving cars, with the city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of non-olfactory money. The city seen from […]

Weekend 372.1

“So the little prince, in spite of all the good will that was inseparable from his love, had soon come to doubt her. He had taken seriously words which were without importance, and it made him very unhappy.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Weekend 361.1 (…my green, my fluent mundo)

(1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird: “The cloaked Plus Ultra zeppelin, still visible in his alternate spectrums, hovered over the fair’s theme center, a pair of structures known as the Trylon and Perisphere. The former, a 180-foot-tall spike-shaped tower, doubled as the docking station for […]

Weekend 361.0 (Per inoequalem motum respect totes)

“Let us apply ourselves energetically in the present life, and hope in the future. Now is the time for the painful struggle; then will come the recompense.” – Saint Augustine (1) A quote from Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Damon Lindelof, and Brad Bird: “They turned back to Henry. He was enjoying the […]

Weekend 357.0

(1) The limestone reading queue: (a) 1946 by Victor Sebestyen (b) Robert Moses: The Master Builders of New York City by Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez (c) Before Tomorrowland by Jeff Jensen, Jonathan Case, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof (d) Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: Walt Disney and Technology by Christian Moran with Rolly Crump, Bob […]

Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)

“cuius regio, eius religio” (1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast) “A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th […]