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Weekend 500.0

“wher soo ever the devyll…doo see the syne of this crosse, he flees, he byddes not, he strykys not, he cannot hurte.” (1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “If prayers like the “Fifteen Oes” or the “Obsecro Te” take us into the mainstream of late medieval affective piety, and the centrality of […]

Weekend 498.2

My library is password protected because in the words of Christopher de Hamel¹, “we all know what a lot you can tell about any person by looking at the book they own”, and in an era of cancel culture, censorship and persecution publishing this list would be dangerous. One book that is in my library […]

Weekend 498.0 (mirror of divine clarity or omniscience)

(1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Market forces dominated, a fact which permits some degree of confidence in using the resulting compilations as indicators of lay opinion. Lay people wanted prayer-books which, in addition to the core materials of Little Office and ‘Dirige’, enabled them to say their morning prayers, helped them […]

Weekend 494.1

(1) A quote from The Art and Craft of Stained Glass by E.W. Twining: “To be able to design for glass, in colour, a beautiful figure, perfectly proportioned, gracefully posed and draped in a suitable setting is a fine thing. To be able to do the same with a number of figures grouped in a […]

Weekend 492.3 (and all the rest)

Needed a placeholder. There’s a growing tension between Catholics regarding the Church pre and post Second Vatican Council. Not sure I have an opinion yet that isn’t influenced by causality and empiricism (some heavy reading and discernment is ongoing). The desire of the Church via the Second Vatican Council is that “all the faithful should […]

Weekend 492.1

I’m waiting for the café next door to open…need coffee. Yesterday I went to Mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow. The church was featured in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society. The apron of the church is a perfect square and surrounded by “great expanses” of stained […]

Weekend 492.0

(1) Steven Sykes created the hanging cross above the altar at St. Margaret of Scotland in Twickenham. He lived a very extraordinary life. The church and artist are featured in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society. Sykes was born in Formby, Lancashire. His father was a family doctor, A. […]

Weekend 479.0

“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, […]

S14A316

(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

Weekend 474.3

“Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.” — George Orwell, 1984

Weekend 474.2 (Fur Coat or Underwear?)

(1) A couple more from Tomorrow-land by Joseph Tirella: “Each group ultimately wanted the same thing—as Leary later said, ‘to weaken faith and conformity to the 1950s social order’—but each would explore their own ways of changing the culture.” “An entirely new and different youth culture was taking shape, and in the summer of 1965, it […]

Weekend 473.1

“Michelangelo and Walt Disney are the stars of my show.”  — Robert Moses (1) A quote from Tomorrow-land by Joseph Tirella: “Although not one to share the spotlight—or the credit—Moses wanted Disney to have a headlining role at his Fair. From the get-go the Master Builder and the Master Showman hit it off. Although Moses […]

Question Answered

My one oversized box arrived from the US. I shipped a couple of books and have answered the question —  if you were on a deserted island and could only bring one (or ten) books. (1) How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of your Life by Pat Williams with Jim […]

Weekend 467.0

(1) A quote from Brick: A Social History by Carolyne Haynes: “Bricks do not stand alone, they work best with a sticky material to bind them together. So, wound into this story of bricks is an exploration of the use of lime. If bricks are mostly ignored, lime is rarely mentioned at all. Even the […]

Weekend 465.0

“The danger of these expeditions was no doubt very great, but the spoils were in proportion, and there was not a boy or man of the seafaring population of Devon who would not gladly have gone with the adventorous captain.” — Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty (1) Scan from ‘American Historical Playing Cards’ with […]