nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain
Edward Arlington Robinson
They are all gone away,
The House is shut and still,
There is nothing more to say.
Through broken walls and gray
The winds blow bleak and shrill:
They are all gone away.
Nor is there one to-day
To speak them good or ill:
There is nothing more to say.
Why is it then we stray
Around the sunken sill?
They are all gone away,
And our poor fancy-play
For them is wasted skill:
There is nothing more to say.
There is ruin and decay
In the House on the Hill:
They are all gone away,
There is nothing more to say.
Our seminarian is Jacob, Bachelor of Music (BM).
Jacob's musical arrangement of the Psalm 150 with all the instruments mentioned begins at 59 minutes and is eight minutes long.
1 Alleluja. Laudate Dominum in sanctis ejus; laudate eum in firmamento virtutis ejus.
2 Laudate eum in virtutibus ejus; laudate eum secundum multitudinem magnitudinis ejus.
3 Laudate eum in sono tubae; laudate eum in psalterio et cithara.
4 Laudate eum in tympano et choro; laudate eum in chordis et organo.
5 Laudate eum in cymbalis benesonantibus; laudate eum in cymbalis jubilationis.
6 Omnis spiritus laudet Dominum!
1 Alleluia. Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.
5 Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy:
6 let every spirit praise the Lord.
Swan Lake is an allegory. White swan good; black swan bad. A passion for classical music led to watching ballet.
Western music is based on the 12-tone system. The Catholic Church banned the wolf interval as offensive to the ear, but it is heavily used in death metal music and is very hard to sing unless the vocalist employs a false chord technique, also known as a scream or a growl. I think the Sabaton singer does it … maybe not.
This excellent video shows the connection between geometry and music. Some students have a harder time developing numeracy than they do with literacy or musicality. I placed a metronome on my piano and found it to be unnecessary. I suppose numerical timing and beat were already firmly fixed in my body, specifically in my foot.
Here is a list of accusations made by Francis against me and people like me, people who adhere to the Catechism and tradition:
1) rigid; 2) monopoly on the interpretation of social realities; 3) monopoly on the proposal of solutions to contemporary problems; 4) self-absorbed promethean neo Pelagianism; 5) trusting only in their own powers; 6) feeling superior to others; 7) observing certain rules; 8) remaining intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past; 9) narcissistic and authoritarian elitism; 10) analyzes and classifies others; 11) inspecting and verifying; 12) adulterated forms of Christianity; 13) shut up within structures that give a false sense of security; 14) shut up within rules, which make harsh judges; 15) shut up within habits that feel safe; 16) sick.
Here is a comment from one of my friends from St. Stephen –
“For you and me today, we are living in our section of this gigantic, turbulent river and it is confusing, we go under, we get pulled by the current so that we cannot even control our limbs, our brains are being drowned, we can’t figure out where we are going, and it’s beyond our control!
“Thinking about the Pope . . . the bend in the river is different, the rocks seem more formidable, but truly it is the same river that every person must endure.”
Why Russian children still love the ballet
CULTURE, FEB 14, 2015, By MARIA FEDORISHINA, SPECIAL TO RBTH
“According to a 2013 survey by children’s charitable fund, Deti Mira, 16.4 percent of Russian children aged 4-6 dream of an artistic profession, including the ballet.”
“In other countries, Russian classical ballet is often associated with the leading Russian theaters, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, where the dancers are mostly graduates of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. It is practically impossible to prepare for entrance to such institutions because natural attributes – such as flexibility, being able to rise and jump, and a good ear for music – play such a leading role. Students are subject to an intense screening process.
“About 98 percent of children study ballet for themselves,” says Yulya Subbotovskaya.
Ballet comes in second behind sport for Russian children. An American parent might send his 14-year-old son into football, and a Russian parent might have sent him into ballet school three or four years earlier. These boys are 16.
It is hard for a parent to know what his or her child desires. Alexander, my little 8-year-old genius, excels in reading and has an immense imagination. His mother told me that he thinks differently from us. Our thoughts follow a straight line, and his thoughts resemble vectors.
Frank D and Nykamp DQ, “An introduction to vectors.” From Math Insight.
At least, that is what we think is going on inside his little head. All I know is that I must keep up with his way of thinking, which is so different from my own.
Latin students, let’s see if you can translate this:
Omnipotens semptierne Deus, qui paschale sacramentum in reconciliationis humanae faedere contulisti: da mentibus nostris; ut, quod professione celebramus, imitemur effectu.
Hints: qui - who; contulisti - hast bestowed; da - grant; ut, quod - that what
On the Gift of a Book to a Child
Child! do not throw this book about!
Refrain from the unholy pleasure
Of cutting all the pictures out!
Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.
Child, have you never heard it said
That you are heir to all the ages?
Why, then, your hands were never made
To tear these beautiful thick pages!
Your little hands were made to take
The better things and leave the worse ones:
They also may be used to shake
The Massive Paws of Elder Persons.
And when your prayers complete the day,
Darling, your little tiny hands
Were also made, I think, to pray
For men that lose their fairylands.
When asked by a heckler during a campaign speech if he was a papist, Belloc (1870-1953) withdrew a rosary from his pocket and responded, “Gentlemen, I am a Catholic. As far as possible, I go to Mass every day. This is a rosary. As far as possible, I kneel down and tell these beads every day. If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that He has spared me the indignity of being your representative.”
Finally, some 2022 video from Vaganova Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is a comprehensive school giving instruction in academics and ballet, and ages are roughly 10 - 18. The video is probably the 7th or 8th year of study, so 17-year-old students. The teachers are Denis Matvienko and Mikhail Sivakov. Russia’s passion.
Here is the simplest proof I ever saw, done by working backward. Enlarge so you can see the whiteboard. His teaching style encourages class participation. Sine functions are trig, which follows geometry, and a complex number is expressed in standard form when written a + bi where a is the real part and bi is the imaginary part. For example, 5+2i is a complex number. No need to think about that. Watch the teacher. (BTW, Fourier, 1768-1830, was orphaned at age nine. Ergo, I have no excuses when doing math. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fourier)
I watched The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), written and directed by Robert Bresson (1901-1999), the same man who directed Diary of a Country Priest (1951), which I have reviewed before. Classified as historical film, it holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I have four French films in my top ten. The other two are Léon Morin, Priest (1961) and Dialogue with the Carmelites (1960). All have English subtitles. I never expected any French films to be near the top.
As pointed out by Bresson, there were no paintings of Joan done during her lifetime. He used the actual trial transcript as well as the transcript of her rehabilitation trial years later.
Bishop Pierre Cauchon (1371-1442) was the trial judge. He and all the other clerics there were anglophiles. England had occupied the northern part of France at the time. If I had been pope, I would have hauled his ass to the Vatican and flogged him and excommunicated him. Didn’t happen. Cauchon died of a heart attack at 71. They none of them liked the fact that she dressed in men’s clothing during the trial but did protect her from the lustful jailers. A group of women verified her virginity. Joan (1412-1431) was 19 when she was burned at the stake.
The questions put to Joan were very clever, but her answers were cleverer, and some questions she refused to answer. At one point, the interrogator says, “… at this trial …”, and she says, “Is this a trial?” She got hand signals from her priest-lawyer on which questions to answer, and a couple of times he flashed a small, covert smile after her answers. No one was allowed to advise her.
The court at her rehabilitation trial declared her innocent on July 7, 1456, by annulling her sentence and declaring that she had been tried on ‘false articles of accusation’. The articles and Cauchon’s sentence were to be torn out of a copy of the proceedings and burnt by the public executioner at Rouen.
My rating of the film is five stars. I would classify it as realism. I prefer films on saints rather than Christ for two reasons: 1) it is impossible to portray divinity and 2) it is too much to ask an actor to be the face of Christ.
I prefer realism over sickeningly pious films.
Painting by Hermann Stilke (1803-1860), right-hand side of "The Life of Joan of Arc" Triptych, created 1843 and owned by the Hermitage Museum.
This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: The author died in 1860, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years of fewer.
The Epoch Times
The Chinese Communist Party uses playbook of ‘unrestricted warfare’ to target leading performing arts company
Story by Petr Svab, April 14, 2022, Updated April 15, 2022
“‘Why the group is targeted is clear from its slogan this year: ‘China Before Communism.’”
“‘Yesterday, I was standing on stage at a prestigious venue to roaring applause, and back here at our home, I’m being spied on, harassed, and living in an environment where hostile people are formulating and spreading egregious lies about us,’ said Steven Wang, a principal dancer with Shen Yun. ‘And to know that the CCP is behind all this … doing this to us on U.S. soil, is scary.’”
Shen Yun principal dancer Angelia Wang rehearses at the performing art company's campus in upstate New York. (Courtesy of The Epoch Times and Shen Yun Performing Arts)
Frank Norris novel, McTeague, published 1899, set in San Francisco and one other place, I recommend for its stark realism and noir tone. Genre - Naturalism.
A friend sent this clip of Bob Hope.
SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Outside his father’s store in San Francisco’s North Beach, Figoni Hardware, my friend met Bob Hope. They had a nice conversation … about Bob’s eye problem. Figoni sold live worms, too.
music from Enya’s album Aniron
The language of the song is elvish, originally developed by Tolkien, a daily communicant who preferred the Latin Mass. Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. As we Worship, So we Believe, So we Live.
Bradley J. Birzer|November 6th, 2021|
Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Senior Contributors,
“Into” is a preposition.
“In” is a noun, preposition, adjective, or adverb.
Examples of “in”
I have an in with the company. (noun)
She placed her books in the bookbag. (preposition)
Dress shirts with no tie are in this year. (adjective)
Turn your essay in to the teacher. (adverb)
In the last example, “in” is connected to “turn”, “turn in”, indicating how. Put the adverb “in” next to “turn” and then it becomes clear. If one said, “into the teacher”, now there is a preposition and making the essay the teacher is impossible unless one owns the Good Witch’s wand.
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then, a politician came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The politician was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber opened his shop, there were a dozen politicians lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
As Ronald Reagan said, “Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason.”
Tittup [ˈti-təp] is an intransitive verb (there is no object to receive the action of the verb) and means “to move in a lively and jerky, or exaggerated, manner”. In 1862, William Makepeace Thackeray wrote of “a magnificent horse dancing, and tittupping.” The word is not common today but use it and turn a head or two. Thackeray is the author of Vanity Fair (1847), which I list among my top five novels.
This is how my siblings and I critiqued each other on anything.
Family keeps your feet on the floor mat.
My source tells me that China puts on one face for the outside world, a face that proclaims peace and prosperity, and another face when addressing its citizen-serfs. Children there are taught to hate America and kill all Americans, all Americans. Sorry – can’t reveal my source.
I felt tasked with doing a bit of research and found this video that follows the money trail. Father William Ryan, SJ, a teacher at my high school in the 1960s, was held in solitary confinement in 1951. What a stark contrast there exists between Ryan and the man who strikes deals with communists.
A 180-degree Jesuit turn and fiendish repudiation of their history in China. In the morning offering I push through a six-second snag.
Listen to what Cardinal Zen from Hong Kong says: “It’s a secret … secret even to a Chinese cardinal.” Report is from the South China Morning Post, dated Oct. 8, 2020, and offered without commentary by the newspaper. That is welcomed.
When Mark Twain heard that Ina Coolbrith lost nearly all she owned in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, he offered a few of his autographed portrait photographs to be sold for her benefit. I mention that because there is a park named after her. Here is a video of the park, which is perched on a Russian Hill precipice at the intersection of Taylor and Vallejo and interrupting Vallejo itself because it is too steep for vehicles. I passed by it many times on the way to some incident or other.
Coolbrith (1841-1928), poet, writer, librarian, first California Poet Laureate, the first of many
I assigned a story to one of my students born in San Francisco, a report that was written by Jack London, “The Story of an Eyewitness”, special correspondent, Collier’s, the National Weekly, May 5, 1906. The earthquake occurred at 5:12 in the morning of April 18, 1906, magnitude 7.9.
My nana, born Nita Leonard, April 17, 1894, San Francisco, lived at 120 Church Street. The house her father built still stands. The fire stopped four blocks from the Leonard home.
This photograph by Arnold Genthe shows Sacramento Street and approaching fire.
Steinbrugge Collection of the UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research Center