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 […]

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 463.0

(1) France to pay 50 euros per person for bike repairs to boost cycling post-lockdown (Reuters)

Weekend 462.0

(1) Boston Symphony Orchestra Launches HEROIC PERFORMANCES to Honor Front-Line Workers May 3 @ 3:00 PM EST: Seiji Ozawa, in his final Symphony Hall concert as BSO Music Director (April 20, 2002), leading Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. >>> BSO at Home

Weekend 461.1

(1) A quote from Walt Disney and the Quest for Community: “The EPCOT philosophy continued in other ways. Disney’s favorite community topic was transportation, be it model railroading or promoting the monorail. It should come as no surprise that the EPCOT concept’s most lasting influence would be in the area of public transportation. Community Transportation […]

Weekend 461.0

(1) Miss Prim At Clear Creek (The American Conservative) “It is a simple tale that speaks of something that has been in the human heart since always: the search for paradise lost, that indefinable nostalgic sense that we all have engraved in our hearts. A nostalgia that at times savors of childhood, and which neither […]

Weekend 460.1

(1) Kingdom Hearts: 10 Coolest Looking Keyblades, Ranked (The Gamer) (2) A Fleer PAC-MAC card from the 1980s. The Fleer Corporation is now defunct. (3) Ferris Wheel and Skyline from Eden of the East. This was some of the best anime I’ve watched since The Last Exile. I also watched Steamboy during quarantine and it […]

Weekend 459.1

“A station is far more than a group of buildings where the passenger catches [the] train, buys a ticket, a meal or a newspaper. It expresses the very nature of rail transport. The new stations, with their functional look, provide for a smooth flow of passengers of all times. Clear sign-posting, logical arrangement of essential […]

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 456.0

“It is a difficult and rare virtue to mean what we say, to love without dissimulation, to think no evil, to bear no grudge, to be free from selfishness, to be innocent and straight-forward.” — Lead, Kindly, Light (1) The art of imitation – 19th century Islamic revivalism (The British Museum) (2) A poem by […]

Christmas 2019 Sabbatical

(1) Glenn Gould’s U.S. Television Debut: Bernstein Conducting Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor (YouTube) (2) The link between Haruki Murakami / Seiji Ozawa and Kingdom Hearts via Absolutely on Music. Murakami: Keiko Fuji’s daughter is very active nowadays as a singer. Ozawa: Oh, really? Murakami: She calls herself Hikaru Utada. When I […]

2019 Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Part 1)

“Take away from a traveler the hope of arriving, and his courage to go on is broken.” — William of Saint Thierry My retreats are a bit like book ends and it was interesting to read / compare my journal entries between them. The exercise of comparing entries isn’t all that groundbreaking but there’s a […]

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 […]