Monthly Archives: December 2012

Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens

This picture is in the Gallery of Ontario. In the Medieval Mystery plays performed on Corpus Christi (between May and June) Herod was the great villain.  If you ever read Hamlet’s advice to the actor (Speak the speech, I pray … Continue reading

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The Hobbit Review

Disclosure:  I have read The Lord of the Rings.  However, I have not read The Hobbit. It is difficult to believe that it has almost been 10 years since we last were treated with a visit to Middle Earth.  The … Continue reading

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Lacrimosa by Mozart

There’s nothing to really say right now.  Best to just play Mozart’s Requiem and let Mozart speak for us. Thoughts and prayers for the victims, survivors, and their families in Newton Connecticut.

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My Cancer Can Beat Up Your Cancer.

I’ve been thinking for a little bit about how thyroid cancer is considered a “good cancer.”  When I went in to have my thyroid biopsy, the doctor told me, “Sometimes these things do come back cancerous, but I don’t even … Continue reading

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Ave Maria variations

This is Tomas Vittoria’s Ave Maria.  At this time, Western music as we know it was beginning to emerge. This is Palestrina, an exceptionally prolific and important composer of polyphony.  Polyphony is beautiful, but also difficult to sing.  Or it … Continue reading

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This is very pretty

It is Svetlana Zakharova performing the Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty.  Very pretty.

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The Queen Reflection (and review)

“Something’s happened.  There’s been a change, some shift in values.”    HM The Queen in The Queen I spent the night before Thanksgiving watching The Queen, which I had not seen in a while, and is a film I enjoy very … Continue reading

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