Weekend 382.0






Two quotes from The Prayer of Love and Silence by a Carthusian. “Obedience and patience, we must remember, are not ends in themselves. ‘Art for art’s sake’ is nonsense, since nothing created can be its own end. It is the same with virtue. ‘Virtue for virtue’s sake’ as an ideal is meaningless and discouraging, because […]

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 377.0 (Snow Weekend)






“The future sounds so crazy We all heard that song before Tomorrow’s a name that changed from yesterday to blame When a train just don’t stop here anymore I got starry eyed On a coaster ride Andy said, ‘Man, I need a break from the world outside.’” Scan is from The Hidden Art of Disney’s […]

Weekend 375.0






(1) Feel Better and Quiet the Spirit: Chris Derby SJ discusses why the “silent treatment” seems to work on removing people from their usual “noisy” environments. They end up feeling better and quieting the spirit. (WCBS Newsradio 880) (2) A quote on silence from St. Augustine: “Let us leave a little room for reflection, room […]

Endless River






(1) Two quotes from Sir Winston Churchill: “…whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future once the picture has begun to flow along…they pass out into shadow and darkness.” “Let us be contented with what has happened to us and thankful for all we have been spared. Let us accept the […]

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 370.1






The apple tree in my backyard has rust. The good folks at the local nursery assure me it will survive, but I’m still devatsted nonetheless (no apples in the fall). The tree was a salvage project in a backyard overrun with invasive and insidious vines. I wanted a good quote to demonstrate the import of […]

Weekend 367.0 (…why bounce around to the same d*** song)






(1) Brexit vote: It’s more American than you think (Washington Examiner) (2) Glenn Reynolds: Why politicians love cities (USA Today) (3) A quote from “The Lion and the Unicorn” by George Orwell: “Meanwhile England, together with the rest of the world, is changing. And like everything else it can change only in certain directions, which […]

Weekend 362.0 (contemplatives before YOLO)






“As a torrent gathers together from the rains, and overflows, roars, runs, and by running hastens down until it finally finishes its course, so is it with our mortal life. This human race is collected together from hidden sources and flows on, and at death travels again to hidden places. This intermediate state that is […]

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 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 […]

Weekend 355.0






“And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” — Mario Savio (1) An Unjust Law Is No Law at All – Real Heroes: Augustine of Hippo (FEE) “Augustine was a hero because he took […]

Weekend 353.0 (The Delight of Friendship)






“All kinds of things rejoiced my soul in their company–to talk and laugh, and to do other kindnesses; to read pleasant books together; to pass from lightest jesting to talk of the deepest things and back again; to differ without rancor, as persons might differ with themselves, and when most rarely dissension arose, to find […]

Weekend 347.0






“Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation. Never confound the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.” – Oswald Chambers