Friday, February 16, 2018

Sunspot Explodes

Bringing a good chance of auroras to Northern climes.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Do I Really Need a Microwave?

     My microwave bit the dust 2 weeks ago and I've been managing without one fairly well since then.   I've just about decided not to get another one.  My thoughts go back to the early 1980's when a friend in Alaska got one.  That was the first one I'd ever seen.  I didn't get my own until 1992 and it got a lot of use.  My son and I were big popcorn eaters and the microwave really did the trick!  I even got a beautiful stand for it.

     So I've always had a microwave since for about the past 25 years or so.  For now, I've decided not to get one.  I have a small kitchen with not very much counter space.  I have my laptop now on the counter where the microwave used to be, and I've taken to writing standing up.  Ernest Hemingway did, and look what he accomplished!

     I also like the aesthetic of not having a microwave, typing at the counter, and looking out the kitchen window at the beautiful woods behind my apartment.  Sweet!

     I drink tea and miss the microwave for heating it up (I'm a long sipper), but think back to the time when I didn't have a microwave.  Now, I really don't like the idea of the "big black box" on my counter.

     I decided to buy a tea cozy, like the English use.  It reminds me of the wonderful 9 months I spent in England.  Who needs a microwave?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Missa euge bone : Great Sacred Music

16th century

Christopher Tye

mass litergy


Christopher Tye was Choir Master at Cambridge and wrote beautiful sacred music.
Apparently a very pious man, as can be shown in this portrait.

The piece can be heard here:

Robert Kennedy, host of Great Sacred Music,  on WCPE f.m.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

5 wonderful things I discovered about today

1.  Found out that Ringo Starr was selected for knighthood.  'Bout time!!!

2.  Jack Prelutsky, was declared the Children's Poet Laureate in 2006.  He published his first book in 1967 and while visiting a library for a presentation, the children's librarian there showed him around town.  He was smitten, and asked for her hand in marriage that day.

3.  I don't have to be perfect.

4.  Slow and steady wins the race.

5.  The dance video that I was a part of was just posted on the Internet via Vimeo.

This was filmed for the Heidi Latsky Dance Project, and was filmed at an art gallery in Five Points in Durham.  Hoo -Haa!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Last Leper Colony

    While reading about St. Francis of Assisi, I came across a reference to a town in Romania that supposedly is the last remaining leper colony.  St. Francis himself worked with lepers.

     A documentary was made about the town, as explained in this article:

     Interesting to note that Francis was a well to do young man before he turned to being a monastic life.  He received stigmata, as seen in this painting.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Orange County Animal Shelter

I'm so impressed with the Orange County Animal Shelter.  I got my beautiful grey tabby, Chloe, there as a kitten.

She is three now.  Still has her claws and loves to look out my patio window at the birds at the feeder.

The Shelter has a deal for senior citizens who adopt senior animals...the adoption fee is free!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Republican Senator Likens Trump's Remark to Stalin's

A Republican Senator points out that when Trump said that the press is the "Enemy of the People," he was echoing Joseph Stalin.

(Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona)