Thanksgiving 2019

(1) American Interior (1935) by Charles Sheeler (2) Game Over: How technology forced traditional toys to evolve (Vera) (3) Great Western Railway: Adventures with the Famous Five (YouTube) (4) A couple of quotes from British Rail Architecture 1948-97 by David Lawrence: “Any designed object or space will have an appearance intended to attract the eye […]

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 452.0

(1) La Moselle // 6 Rue du Pont des Morts, 57000 Metz, France

Weekend 451.0

“Music, of course, is an art that occurs through time.” — Seiji Ozawa (1) Au Plat d’Etain (2) Quotes from Absolutely On Music by Haruki Murakami: “In the Boston version of the Fantastique we heard before, you’re constantly adjusting every little detail: the tempo changes from one part to the next, the color of the […]

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 449.0

(1) Thurifer angel (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona) (2) Mandorla (Wikipedia)

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)

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 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 444.0

(1) Disneyland Paris reimagines its events offer (Exhibition World) (2) This post has some amazing personal significance! #serendipity Today marks 50 years since the first flight of #Concorde. See some striking stamp designs to commemorate the occasion -> https://t.co/UR4N3p0us3…or see it in real-life @BrooklandsMuseu for their special day of celebration! pic.twitter.com/ExbKE4SrYY — The Postal Museum […]

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 442.0

(1) Why Microsoft is replacing Edge (YouTube) (2) Islanders have become one of NHL’s most compelling stories this season (Newsday) “No one else can match the mix of nostalgia, excitement, bitterness, uncertainty and hope that the Isles have put together in a season that looks a lot better than we thought it would.”

Christmas 2018 Sabbatical (Principle of Connectivity)

This placeholder is a tradition now. It’s a space to capture all the randomness linked to my couple weeks of downtime. I’ll try to organize it near the end of my break. Here’s a fun fact…my first post was on August 21, 2003 on Blogger. I’ve been posting for 15 years and 4 months (or […]

2018 Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Part 1)

“Rejoice that you have succeeded in escaping the countless dangers and shipwrecks of this storm-tossed world, and have reached a quiet corner in the security of a hidden harbor.” — Saint Bruno I usually select one or two books from the library (in the retreat house) the day I arrive and this year it was […]

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 […]