Weekend 558.0

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Screen capture is from Johnny Appleseed in Melody Time (1948) produced by Walt Disney.

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Beyond the Lines: Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (Imaginative Conservative)

Weekend 556.0

I just finished maintenance on Playmobil365.com. My tribute project celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Playmobil is 9 years old! Updates included link hygiene, comment culling, platform hardening, etc. The BIGGEST update was retrofitting categories to EVERY post. This was an old ambition and finally used some downtime to tackle. There are a couple of vignettes and now you can easily isolate the posts and photos related to those stories. All of this was done as early preparation for a 10-year anniversary project (details soon).

If you’ve never visited Playmobil365.com there are tons of tributes to classic video games (Pac-Man and Sid Meijer’s Pirates), 80s bands and artists like A-ha, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Paul Simon and Howard Jones, Disney animation, artists, imagineers and theme park attractions, football clubs like Southampton, Morecambe, and Metz, writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Jeff Bridges via TRON and The Big Lebowski, places like London and Bermuda, and Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai, and Haruki Murakami and FINALLY pop culture references like the nod to Garth Marenghi and Stanley Kubrick.

DM me if you can name the movie tribute to Miyazaki and Shinkai and the book title of the tribute to Murakami.

>>> BONUS: Sweet, sweet, sweet tyre pron.

Speaking of…

There have been some significant 20th and 50th Anniversaries the last few years- Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, NY Islanders, and Walt Disney World.

Weekend 550.0

“I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tm 2:1-8

I left London on Friday night to avoid any of the madness attached to ceremonies for HRM Queen Elizabeth II. I was in Exeter on Saturday for football and Bath on Monday for ambling. Mass on Sunday was at Sacred Heart (Exeter). Before the match there was a minute of silence for HRM Queen Elizabeth II, and the crowd sang God Save the King.

All trains were disrupted (see link below) in and out of Paddington today so there was a scramble at Reading to make trains bound for Waterloo.

(1) Mourners resort to watching the funeral on phones as rail journeys are disrupted by damaged wires (ITV)

(2) Prayer for the Repose of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Almighty God,
You are the author and sustainer of all human life;
grant that your servant Elizabeth our Queen,
whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands,
may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life
promised to all those born again
in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

Source: This Week in Westminster Cathedral, 18 SEPTEMBER 2022, 25th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

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Weekend 549.0

I was in Convetry this weekend for football, but ALL matches were cancelled in honor of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022). I visited Coventry Cathedral and the Chapel of Christ in Gethsemane. The Angel of Agony is by Steven Sykes who designed the gilded cross over the altar at St Margarets-on-Thames.

Mass was at St Osburg’s. It’s a beautiful church and has its own lovely stained glass by Leo Earley celebrating the Assumption of Mary. I thought it was by Harry Clarke initially because of the vibrant colours and the softness and beauty of the Blessed Virgin. I am mesmerized by Clarke’s Saint Elizabeth of Hungary at St Mary’s Church.

The bookend for the weekend is Proms 2022: Unmissable Moments on the BBC.

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Weekend 548.0

Apologies for the radio silence. I was in Sunderland and Norwich the last couple of weekends for football. I saw matches at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and Carrow Road in Norwich.

I saw the Canaries play away and home fixtures. Josh Sargent looks like a good footballer. He had a goal (and assist) yesterday in the match against Coventry. Some football sites don’t have him making the WC 2022 roster and Berhalter would be NUTS not giving him a serious look given his recent form. Mass in Norwich was at the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist. I love Westminster Cathedral (not Abbey), but St John is a proper cathedral built in the late 1880s after The Catholic Relief Act in 1829 that rivals those robbed during the Dissolution/Reformation. It was modelled after medieval churches of the Early English period (1189-1307). My favorite feature were the windows in the Walsingham Chapel. The windows show the Archbishop of Westminster visiting Walsingham in 1934 to celebrate the site becoming the national Shrine of Our Lady (for the first time since the Reformation).

“It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist.”

—Allen R. Hunt, Confessions of a Megachurch Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasure of the Catholic Church

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(1) Visit of the Relics of St Bernadette to Westminster Cathedral (Westminster Cathedral)

Weekend 545.0

I was in Southampton this weekend for the Saints home opener. Mass was at St. Joseph’s. Used my train (and coffee) time to put a nice dent in Faith Of Our Fathers: A History of True England by Joseph Pearce.

(1) “True England” and the Faith of Our Fathers (The Imaginative Conservative)

(2) Atlantic op-ed claims Catholic rosary has become ‘an extremist symbol’ (Fox News)

(2a) The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Our Lady | Fr. Don Calloway, MIC | Franciscan University (YouTube)

St. Joseph’s in Southampton

Weekend 544.0 (But if you’ll wait around awhile…)

I was in Southampton for the last Saints FC preseason match. It was a bit of a lackluster affair against Villarreal. They lost 2-1 but the atmosphere was great and the sun was out. Mass was at St. Edmund’s and on Saturday I finally got to visit St. Michael’s Church. St. Michael’s is the oldest building in use in Southampton. It was closed because of the pandemic and most recently because of a lack of volunteers.

I had dinner at Maritimo Lounge which took me past the South Western House. The historic building has a purported link to Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

(1) Nine things you may not know about South Western House… (Daily Echo)