• Playmo Museum
  • Airline Alliance

Weekend 481.3

“As we receive these glorious mysteries, we make thanksgiving to you, O Lord, for allowing us while still on earth to be partakers even now of the things of heaven.”

Weekend 479.0

Weekend 481.2

The Deadly Affair (1967)

“You know, Mr. Dobbs, when you’re young, you hitch the wagon of whatever you believe in to whatever star looks likely to get the wagon moving. When I was an undergraduate, the wagon was social justice, and the star was Karl Marx. We perambulated with banners. We fed hunger marchers. A few of us fought in Spain. Some of us even wrote poetry. I still believe it was a good wagon, but an impracticable star. We had faith and hope and charity. A wrong faith, a false hope but I still think the right sort of charity. Our eyes were dewy with it. Dewy and half shut.”

Weekend 481.1

He led his people through the wilderness, for his love endures forever. — Ps 136:16

“God could have brought Israel to the Promised Land by many routes, but He chose the wilderness so that they might appreciate their dependence on Him, experience His providence, and learn to trust Him. The wilderness was an expression of God’s love for Israel. It is the same for us. When we feel lost in the wilderness, God is drawing us closer to Him.”

(1) Hürtgen forest and the end of World War II (YouTube)

Weekend 481.0

More curated content from Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit. What happened to Instapundit? Glenn is a total germaphobe and mostly posts about medical advances while Ed Driscoll is an insufferable dyed-in-the-wool establishmentarian with a scorching / incurable case of TDS.

(1) Michael Anton has a question: Why Do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement? (NEO)


(3) The Last Stop Before Thermopylae (American Greatness)

Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right

(1) Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah (Vatican News)

(2) Economists Warn We Can’t Keep Ignoring the National Debt Forever (FEE)

Weekend 480.1

Transport for London(1) Able Table Off Colour Sale¹

(2) My favourite colours are Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith & District, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, and Waterloo & City.

¹Live in Berlin

Weekend 480.0 (K5054)

(1) A couple of quotes from Spitfire by John Nichol:

“Spitfire prototype K5054 made an eight-minute maiden flight over Southampton ten months later. It had cost £20,765 to develop, looked good and flew well. Everyone at Vickers Supermarine was delighted. But it was not headline news. The very next day, 7 March 1936, Hitler’s Stormtroopers marched into the Rhineland demilitarized zone.”

“In less colorful language, Jimmy Taylor’s father told his family to pack their bags in readiness to flee France. The family were holidaying in the Pyrenees as Hitler’s forces massed on the Polish border. The Reverend’s hopes and prayers that his three boys would avoid war had proved forlorn. The Taylors were forced to leave the blue skies and tranquility of the mountains when their hotel shut down. They headed north to the nearest port for passage to England, threading through mobilized French reservists. When they got to St Malo it was crammed with their fellow countrymen fighting to return home. They boarded the ferry to Portsmouth on the morning of 1 September, after a final sightseeing trip to celebrate the ‘splendid defiance’ of Mont St Michel, as the Luftwaffe bombed the Polish town of Wieluń, killing 1,200 civilians.”

(1a) Germany After WW2 (YouTube)

(2) Sarah Hoyt is curating some impressive content at Instapundit. She apparently works the night shift (nighthawk). I’m equally impressed with Keri Smith from Unsafe Space.

(2a) Lee Smith Nails It, The Elites “Want Us To Know” They Hold all Power and Control (The Conservative Treehouse)

(2b) Jacobs: “Truth Commission” Needed To Control Common Narrative (Victory Girls Blog)

Where are you from?

Working on a post about growing up on Long Island in New York State.

Weekend 479.1

It’s another seemingly random assortment of topics (in a list) from an over-caffeinated mind. My latest posts have been mostly analog. It’s less about nostalgia and more a reaction to the systematic obliteration of the past by modern cultural warriors separated from the Tao.

The Limestone Library is published / cataloged on libib and it’s one of the few web based services someone will inherit (along with the physical library).

(1) Yesterworld: The Rise & Fall of the Original Disneyland Hotel (YouTube)

(2) Quotes from The Book in the Cathedral by Christopher de Hamel:

“Surviving books once owned and read by great figures of the past have for us an interest and importance quite as intense today as an original bone of a saint would have had for our ancestors in the Middle Ages.”

“We all know what a lot you can tell about any person by looking at the books they own, even now, and the inventory almost allows us the experience of standing in the slype and pulling Becket’s books off the shelves one by one.”

“A hundred and fifty years after Becket’s death, the entire library of the cathedral priory was inventoried at the initiative of Henry of Eastry, the prior who died in 1331.”

(2a) The contents of Walt Disney’s office were cataloged and itemized after his passing by archivist Dave Smith. Walt had a copy of Victor Gruen’s The Heart of Our Cities: The Urban Crisis and Cure (1964) on his bookshelf¹. The book was cited in Neal Gabler’s Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination (2007).

¹Books That Influenced Disney

(2b) Photo tour of Walt Disney Studios and Walt’s office (Attractions Magazine)

(2c) 23 Things You Can Find In Walt Disney’s Office Suite At Walt Disney Studios (Oh My Disney) << You can see the Victor Gruen book in the third photograph

(3) Daily coffee linked to lower risk for heart failure (UPI)

Weekend 479.0

Fantasia“O Lord, let me know my end and the number of days left to me; show me how fleeting my life is.” — Daily Meditations on the Psalms

Reflection: When time is limited, we prioritize and focus on what we should be doing. If we remain aware that our time on earth is quite limited, with God’s grace we will focus on doing what will make us saintly.

Quotes from How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of your Life by Pat Williams with Jim Denney:

“I believe that one of the most crucial traits Walt possessed was his awareness of the brevity of life. It gave him a sense of mission, purpose and urgency. It forced him to focus on his goals.

Most of us go through life pretending that death doesn’t apply to us. We avoid facing the fact that God has granted us a limited number of days, hours, seconds and heartbeats in which to accomplish our life’s work. When it’s over, it’s over, whether our work is done or not.

Jesus once told his disciples, ‘As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work’ (John 9:4 NIV). That was the mindset of Walt Disney. He knew that the night was coming. He lived with a sense of urgency.”

“Walt showed us how to face our mortality—and he taught us to accept it. The awareness of death forces us to think about what is truly important in life. The reality of death forces us to deal with the realities of living—our search for meaning, our need to express love and seek forgiveness, our need for God.”

“Walt built his own heaven and called it Disneyland. It was the happiest place on earth, and he was always happiest when he could be there…but God has set a dream in our hearts that is even bigger than anything Walt could imagine. God has set eternity in our hearts. He placed eternity in the heart of Walt Disney, and in your heart and mine…that longing for eternity is inside us all. We instinctively know that there is something about us that is truly immortal. We all long for something that we cannot have in this world. We catch glimpses of it every now and then—in an achingly beautiful sunset, or a perfect evening with close friends, or a day at Disneyland. But a glimpse is all it is. The sunset fades, the friends say goodnight, the park closes. We had something beautiful and perfect in our hands, but it slipped away. Heaven is a place where such moments go on forever and ever—but we can only reach heaven by dying.”

A quote from Life Lessons from the Monastery: Wisdom on Love, Prayer, Calling, & Commitment by Jerome Kodell, OSB:

“Our life is an arc of ascent and descent. And this is for our good, because the project of this life is to learn how to turn over control to the Creator so that we may have the interior freedom to leave this world in peace and be ready for new life with God. If we haven’t been able to surrender before our body starts breaking down, the gradual reduction of our abilities gives us a new opportunity before we die; if we have begun to surrender, the suffering and diminishment give us an opportunity for even deeper freedom from ego and self. We all have to die, but we have a choice whether to give our life or have it wrenched from us.”

May the all-powerful Lord grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.

Weekend 478.0

(1) Scottish boys Zoom children in Belize as their Playmobil boat reaches Central America coast (The Scotsman)

(2) The Swimmer by John Cheever (1912–1982)

(3) A quote from Life Lessons from the Monastery by Jerome Kodell, OSB (Order of Saint Benedict):

“There are not hermetically sealed compartments separating prayer from work and the other necessary activities of life. Benedict reminds us that ‘the divine presence is everywhere,’ and emphasizes that this is ‘especially true when we celebrate the divine office’ (Rule of Benedict, 19:1-2). But he also wants the utensils and goods of the monastery to be treated as ‘sacred vessels of the altar’ (31:10). If our public or private prayer happens to be interrupted by a visitor at the door, our communion with God is not therefore interrupted, because the guest is welcomed as Christ (53:1). The spirit is the same as that captured by the Carmelite Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, who found God in the pots and pans of his kitchen.”

(4) British Movies:

(4a) Cup Fever (1965). The “soundtrack” was done by Bill McGuffie. Anyone have a copy of Mademoiselle From Paree!? Do you think McGuffie was friends with Vince Guaraldi? The milk trucks will make you thirsty for a tall cold glass of cow sap.

(4b) 84 Charing Cross Road (1987). It stars Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. It’s a very analog movie, beginning post WWII and continuing through the turmoil of the 1960s, chronicling the relationship of a book seller and bibliophile. The juxtaposition between New York and London is great.

It’s a true story during a time before Amazon and the commoditization of international travel when people still corresponded via pen and paper (used stamps and sent cash through the mail).

(5) The Short Life—and Awesome Resurgence—of the Aluminum Christmas Tree (Mental Floss)

Weekend 477.0

(1) Before NR: Wandering in the Wilderness (National Review)

(2) 13 landscapes to lose yourself in (The British Museum)

(3) This black and white photo needs a story (or a caption). The scan is from British Rail Architecture 1948-97 by David Lawrence.

(4) A quote from Life Lessons from the Monastery by Jerome Kodell:

“God is with each one and in every detail of the day, ‘especially…in the divine office’ (Rule 19:2), but also at work, in private prayer, and in the daily interactions, which may cause frictions and even leave scars. God is taking care of each one personally. This is true, of course, not just in the monastery, but anywhere people turn their lives over to God. Everything is seen in a different way if one has the ‘ruling sense of God’s presence.’ But it is hard to realize in the middle of a stressful day when we are being pulled right and left.”

Color palette inspired by Kew Gardens.

Weekend 476.0

Raze your #insurrection flag. Here are your choices: (1) Jolly Roger, (2) Grand Union, (3) Lions and Castles (Christopher Columbus), (4) Confederate, (5) Crusader, and (6) French Resistance.


(1) YouTube 80s

(1a) WarGames Soundtrack
(1b) Cobra Kai Season 3, All Easter Eggs & References Explained!
(1c) Every Video Game in ‘Ready Player One’ Explained By Author Ernest Cline

January 1, 2021

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve.
To you do we send up our sighs
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, O most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.