What a day for Cat Knipping!
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In My Own Words:
Last Rose of Summer was one of G-Grandma Katy's favorite songs. FINAL VERSE:
"So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And Love's shining circle
the gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither'd,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?"
During a weekend afternoon schedule of PBS, I had watched a round table which included this author. She voiced concerns about economic events that resonated with problems I've been paying attention to in my neighborhood. It's been fairly big news around the Inland Empire (So. Cal.) when the city of San Bernardino filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protection. We're just on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountain range, in the same county.
A fundamental problem identified in this municipal default, as well as ongoing proceedings of the Detroit, Michigan bankruptcy, have been the liabilities accrued by communities to excessive bond-issue borrowing, compounded with excessive… Read more
Considered by many to be Shakespeare's masterpiece, the Bard introduces his historical fiction through a chance meeting of Hamlet with the ghost of his father. Writing in the very wake of Henry VIII's expulsion of the Papists and establishment of the Church of England, over which Elizabeth the Virgin Queen presides, Shakespeare introduces to us a ghost en route to Purgatory, where he is:
"Doomed for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confined to fast in fires,
Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature
Are burnt and purged away, But that I am forbid
to tell the secrets of my prison house,"
Rather than imagining this were some… Read more
This replaces a cassette version I've worn out, with about 15 years of usage. The fantasies K. 396 & K. 397, like the Requiem were unfinished compositions Mozart began, published post humously, finished by his students.
Although our experience recently has somewhat colored or been tainted by the Amodeus motion picture, of a tragic, narcissistic hedonist, married by convenience to a flirtatious hypochondriacal wife, I'm not as much convinced that portrayal does him justice. There's a biography, Mozart: His Character, His Work (Galaxy Books)
by Alfred Einstein, wherein his personal letters and notes reveal a lonely man,… Read more