Weekend 475.0 (deleatur iste titulus)

Place your hope in the Lord; be strong and courageous in your heart, and place your hope in the Lord. — Ps. 27:14 This is typically my Advent retreat to St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA but what’s that quote about best laid-plans… (1) Quotes from The Book in the Cathedral: The Last Relic of […]

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 […]

Weekend 473.0

(1) London National Park City Greenground Map (2) Pink Floyd Clare Torry “The Great Gig in the Sky” Interview (YouTube) (2a) Time by Pink Floyd: Far away across the fieldThe tolling of the iron bellCalls the faithful to their kneesTo hear the softly spoken magic spells (3) Broad & Co Printing Works: A building here […]

Weekend 472.0 (Yarkovsky Effect)

Work obligations are keeping me from any meaningful posts even though we’re in a hard lockdown in the UK. My flat was completely unfurnished so I’ve been scrambling to find a couple of things online to create some semblance of a home. My stuff is still in transit too so feeling a bit disorientated (esp. […]

Weekend 471.0

“Truth is unchanging. The principles of morality are unchanging. The human essence is unchanging. Therefore there is no hope of a New Man, Heaven on Earth, Babel Rebuilt, a Brave New World, or Superman.” ― Peter Kreeft I was in Brighton for the weekend. It was one last fling before a “one-month” lockdown that will […]

Weekend 470.1 (9″ x 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″)

(1) Recording 15 by Shannon Lay This is a beautiful song and YES I was walking around blustery and soggy London listening to this like I was in an old video from the 80s. The thought that you’re out there somewhereComforts and confuses my mindI know we both got things to do hereI just want […]

Weekend 470.0

There’s a huge difference between Hoyt and Noonan. The latter sounded the trumpet in 2005 but she was putting her faith in the very “elites” tearing the nation (and world) apart. She joins a group, which includes the likes of Jonah Goldberg and David French, who are blindly obedient to our betters because of sinecures, […]

Weekend 469.0

(1) There’s a Chinese restaurant in Hammersmith that looks like it belongs in Twilight Town or San Fransokyo. (2) History: (3) Don’t Defend Columbus—Celebrate Him (City Journal)

Weekend 468.0

Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. – Genesis 11:3 (1) How Bricks Are Made (YouTube) (2) Brick from Meaux Abbey (British Museum)

467.1 (Tyres and Bricks)

My post on Walt Disney (August 2nd) was interrupted by some pretty significant changes in my personal life but there’s still a crude draft taking shape in my notes. I’m currently reading Brick: A Social History by Carolyne Haynes. I found this title at the London Transport Museum and it’s a page-turner! Did you know […]

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 466.0

Obedience Leads to HeavenGod has promised to lead us safely heavenward in spite of all things being against us. But the infirmities which beset us, these He still ordains should try us and humble us and should bring us day by day to the foot of His Cross for pardon. Let us simply obey God’s […]

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 […]