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 405.0 (…they sent us along as a surrogate band)

“Particularly when I am worn out by the upsets of the world, I cast myself without reservation on the love of those who are especially close to me.” – St. Augustine “Memory. The key ingredient in looking back over our lives and history. Often coloured by nostalgia or clouded by age, it links us to […]

Bermuda (Devil’s Isle), Part 3 of 3

Day 5 After a proper English breakfast in the clubhouse we departed for the Crystal Caves in Hamilton Parish. The caves were discovered in 1908 by two boys in search of a lost cricket ball. The guided tour is expensive, but the walk across Cahow Lake (at a depth of about ninety feet below the […]

Weekend 404.0

“It was a peace that did not depend on houses, or jobs, or places, or times, or external conditions. It was a peace that time and material created situations could never give. It was a peace that the world could not give.” – Thomas Merton

What you been chasing all these years?

I don’t know. A wounded ego and a missing eye, I guess.

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 […]

Watercolors of sub-tropical scenes

(1) A quote from The Seven Storey Mountain from Thomas Merton: “Bermuda in those days had no big hotels and no golf-courses to speak of. It was not famous for anything. It was simply a curious island, two or three days out of New York, in the Gulf Stream, where the British had a small […]

Weekend 399.0 (Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down)

I think ‘Weekend Post 400.0’ needs to be something spectacular but I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I’ve been busy mining bitcoins¹ and helping my friend grieve after his beloved seagulls were promoted to the top flight (hence the lack of posts). I get oodles of spam about LIMESTONE but always ‘legitimate’ requests for […]

Weekend 397.0

“Under modern conditions any effective invitation to Hell will certainly appear in the guise of scientific planning.” – C.S. Lewis, A Reply to Professor Haldane

Weekend 393.0 (All I do is keep the beat and bad company)

“At the heart of all Catholic life is a miracle, a mystery, the Blessed Sacrament. Surrounded traditionally by ritual and awe, it has been the formative aspect of Catholic art, drama, and poetry.” – Charles A. Coulombe (1) Treasures of New York: The Heckscher Museum of Art (2) A quote from The Vignelli Canon: “The […]

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 390.0 (“Come on, let’s drive across to the Palisades”)

“…when you are stuck, with nothing in your head but your memories, and memories of memories, which form a map, some more recent than others, some about music, which you can almost hear, smashed into the spilling sounds of the segmented, centre-less city below, a vast imaginary landscape waiting to be discovered, about how you […]

Weekend 389.0 (Cosmos ‘Versailles Tetra’)

“Envision the extraordinary brilliance and effects of the light in sun and moon and stars, in the dark shades of a glade, in the colors and scents of flowers. Then there is the grandeur of the spectacle of the sea as it slips on and off its many colors like robes. All these are mere […]

Weekend 387.1

A quote from The Prayer of Love and Silence by a Carthusian. “In order to free oneself and become detached from things, one must see them in their true perspective, value them at their true worth, and give them their proper due. One needs as much judgement to renounce the things of the world as […]