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 […]

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 […]

Weekend 406.1

“It towers above the polis like Notre Dame in Paris, but it is not a church building with a spire, cross or bells. Its architecture is monumental, evidently holding thousands of people, but it is not like a stadium open to the elements, or a convention center with a nondescript bulk. By its very color […]

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 […]