Weekend 457.0

Quotes from Paul by N.T. Wright: “But the dark powers do not give up easily.” “Ephesus was famous as the home of all kinds of magic, the dark and powerful arts that were always popular on the edge of mainstream paganism. When Acts describes converted magicians burning their secret books as evidence of the impact […]

Fighting Back versus Resignation

(1) A quote from The Power Of Silence: Against The Dictatorship Of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah: “Today the danger lies in the unbridled activism of the modern world. We are always called to fight, to comb the countryside, to overthrow our adversaries, and to destroy them. Indeed, man is driven to compound one evil […]

2018/2019 by the numbers…

I’m using my retreats as bookends so the timeline covers the period between December 7-9, 2018 and December 20-22, 2019. What I didn’t know before my first retreat ended is that I would spend 6+ months in Paris for work beginning in March. Some notes… I’ve provided dates for specific events (matches, concerts, etc.) and […]

Weekend 454.0

A couple of quotes from Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins: “Previously governor of Greenwich Hospital, Hardy† had earlier in the year been put in charge of the Channel Fleet, in what was a political rather than a military appointment.” “Despite Admiral Hardy’s widely criticized handling of the […]

Weekend 453.0

“To attempt to gain happiness, except in this way, is a labor lost; it is building on the sand; the foundation will soon give way, though the house looks fair for a time.” — Gain after Pain “Decaying and dilapidated architecture resonates as loss, as evidence of the irreversible passage of time, yet architectural ruins […]

On my desk…

I have Rusty Brown by Chris Ware and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad by Dennis Hopeless. I also backed (via Kickstarter) Third Editions: The Ultimate Gaming Library – Kingdom Heart which should arrive sometime in December. (1) A visual tour through Chris Ware’s adventurous, sprawling, dazzling new book ‘Rusty Brown’ (Chicago Tribune) “The greatest fiction, like […]

Weekend 450.0

“Our most important task is to search for an effective passageway through the wall—and two people who share a natural affinity for an art, any art, will be sure to find that passageway.” — Haruki Murakami (1) It’s a Playmobil World After All! (Animation Magazine)

Weekend 448.0

(1) Academics ignore the anniversary of 1984 because they know they’re living it out (Washington Examiner) (2) How disease, war and a remote Scottish island inspired George Orwell’s ‘1984’ (NY Post)

Weekend 447.0

Almost 1 month since my last post. I just finished Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins and now have a used copy of Rock Of Contention: A History of Gibraltar by George Hills. This second book I found at The Abbey Bookstore. My plan is to next visit […]

Weekend 446.0

What happened to the British? A quote from Gibraltar by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins. “It is not improbable that this is a stratagem of Admiral Barcelo’s, to harass, and fatigue us with repeated firing and alarms from the Bay, and then to give the decisive stoke; but they have Britons to encounter. The more […]

Weekend 445.0 (Terminus)

(1) A quote from Absolutely On Music by Haruki Murakami: “In that sense, Seiji Ozawa is simultaneously an unschooled ‘child of nature’ and a fountain of deep, practical wisdom; a man who must have what he wants immediately and who can be infinitely patient; a man with bright confidence in the people around him who […]

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 440.0

(1) One final, musically inspired quote, from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami: “‘It’s an usual opera [Der Rosenkavalier]. The plot’s critical, of course, like with all operas, but with this one even if you don’t know the plot it’s easy to give yourself over to the music and be completely enveloped by that world. The […]

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 […]