Weekend 443.0 (Fellow Travelers)

“Driven out of paradise by You and exiled in a distant land, I cannot return by myself unless You, O Lord, come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in Your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, and only solid promise […]

Weekend 441.0 (Annual Advent Abbey Retreat)

(1) An excerpt from Daily Meditations on the Psalms: “We sing when we are happy. A lover sings when he has found his beloved. Sports fans shout for all to hear when their team has won. When Christians sing on joyous occasions, they name God because He is the source of all the good things […]

Weekend 439.0 (Andantino con moto)

(1) Dvořák Carnival, Op. 92 (YouTube) Heard this last night at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The performance on YouTube is from Royal Albert Hall in 2012. (1a) Limestone Photo Archives: Royal Albert Hall (2) A quote from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami: “I was a mere caretaker, and they were kind enough to let me […]

Weekend 437.0

“The music was somehow addictive, as he had warned. An uninterrupted stream of emotion, Musical instruments in colorful profusion. It was Strauss who boasted, ‘I can describe anything in music, even a common ‘broom.’ Maybe he didn’t say ‘broom’—it could have been something else.  At any rate, there was something painterly about his music.” — Haruki […]

Portland

The one on the west coast. I was there for a long weekend and in traditional limestone fashion wanted to draft a top ten… (1) The Hollywood Theater at PDX. My favorite shorts from the Summer Program are Oregon: Only Slightly Exaggerated and The Famished Frog. I also liked The Water’s Fine because it reminds […]

Weekend 433.0

(1) A cool link between Nolan Bushnell and Retta Scott. The quote is from They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez: “From early 1983 to February 1984, Retta got to animate, develop character designs, and paint backgrounds (along with Mary Blair’s husband […]

Weekend 432.1 (Lagoon Amusement Park)

(1) A couple of quotes from They Drew As They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Musical Years (The 1940s – Part One) by Didier Ghez: “While at Disney, she [Retta Scott] used to walk to work from time to time. Walt would sometimes see her and give her a ride the rest of the […]

Weekend 432.0 (Lasipalatsi)

(1) Kingdom Hearts is Disney at its strangest, darkest—and most moving (The A.V. Club) “What is adulthood for Kingdom Hearts? It’s a bullet—or maybe a magic sword—barreling toward you, that you can’t stop. Those things you loved as a kid—those movies, those heroes, those lessons about friendship and love and hope? They’ll be there, when […]

Weekend 423.1

Two quotes on memory (continuing a theme), silence, and noise… “Memories, like seaweed wrapped around pilings on the beach, wordlessly waiting for high tide.” – Haruki Murakami “Memory is a word made fruitful by the Holy Spirit. It is a tomb, a tilled soil in which man deposits the seed of the word, and the […]

Weekend 419.0

A couple of quotes from The Power of Silence: Against The Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicolas Diat… “In this inspired place, the long tradition of the eremitic Orders, the tragedies of history, and the beauty of creation cross paths.” “Carthusian spirituality was born of the encounter of a soul and a […]

Weekend 415.1

“Because he grew up in a railroad town, Disney loved trains; his love for locomotives was so great, he had a 1/8th scale railroad built in the backyard of his home in Holmby Hills, California, in the late 1940s.” – A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World by Andrew Kiste >> Watch (Vimeo)

Weekend 415.0

“As Rembrandt’s own life moves toward the shadows of old age, as his success wanes, and the exterior splendor of his life diminishes, he comes more in touch with the immense beauty of the interior life. There he discovers the light that comes from an inner fire that never dies: the fire of love. His […]

Weekend 414.0 (…that’s how our minds, create creations…)

Quotes from The Thinking Fan’s Guide To Walt Disney World: EPCOT by Aaron Wallace. This is a well-written/researched book from a writer very passionate about EPCOT. It’s also creatively formatted with supplemental content suggestions (Disney and non-Disney) at the end of each chapter. I was simultaneously listening to Epcot Center on Spotify by TXCREW while […]

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 […]

2017 » 2018 (Stat Crux dum volvitur orbis)

“Our compartmentalized world, and the sterile values in it, are as the daily winter darkness compared to the long sweet late-day sunshine of spring shining in the windows of a liberated home. Once this spring penetrates the bones long accustomed to winter, it revives the shrunken heart, gives suppleness to arthritic limbs and joints, and […]