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 […]

Horizon

A quote from Out Of A Fair, A City by Ada Louise Huxtable: “It is a formidable tradition, for the achievements of the nineteenth-century International Expositions were unique. In art, architecture, industry, and culture, they were the common exchange around of all that was interesting and new. Intensely competitive, each successive exhibition attempted to cap […]

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 […]

Weekend 464.0

“The real artist’s work is a surprise to himself. The big painter is the one who has something to say. He thus does not paint men, landscape, or furniture, but an idea.” — Robert Henri A couple of YouTube videos with a common thread (it’s a riddle). (1) La Petite Ceinture: What Happened to Paris’s […]

Weekend 460.0

(1) A quote from In Unfamiliar England by Thos D. Murphy: “The most impressive feature of the abbey ruin is the massive square tower of the gateway, which stands intact, its ancient state almost undiminished. The abbey has a long history, for Edmund, King of East Anglia, was slain near at hand by the Danes […]

Weekend 459.0

(1) A couple of quotes from Paul by N.T. Wright: “What matters, I think, is the way in which the letters covers so many moods and situations, the way in which, like the great music of our own classical tradition, they can find you at every stage of life, in every joy and sorrow, chance […]

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 […]

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 […]

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)

Orval Abbey

“Light and shadow are the speakers of this architecture of truth, calm and strength. And nothing more adds to it.” — Le Corbusier Visited the Orval Abbey in Belgium last weekend. I’m still sorting through the photographs but will post something shortly. Part 1: The JourneyThe journey is part of the adventure and this tale […]

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 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 […]