primsong: (medieval crowd)
At a shop earlier, toddler in cart in front of me having a meltdown.  Exasperated mother finally says "Atticus, will you please quit crying?!"

Atticus?

My son recently encountered a wee child named Brutus. This is an interesting trend, I like it better than soap opera characters I must say, at least the history the namesakes echo isn't fictitious. 
primsong: (rain tree)
I've been reading an interesting book on how various plants were first introduced to North America and how they became established, hybridized, etc. over time.  Under the entry on weeping willows I was enchanted to find the first were brought to the US by an admirer of Alexander Pope, an Anglican clergyman, philosopher and author named Samuel Johnson.  Enamoured with the tree, he was gifted with cuttings from Pope's weeping willow by his house along the Thames.  He planted these at his home in Stratford, Connecticut along the Housatonic River.  They grew well and he handed out cuttings as gifts to those who admired this graceful, foreign tree with its poetic associations.  It is believed all of the early weeping willows in America came from Alexander Pope's tree.  In the later 1700s there is record of some being brought as nursery stock from England, but the oldest belong to poets.

It made me think of how a friend once sent me an acorn from the old oak in Sherwood Forest and how I treasured that little piece of legend.  Wouldn't it be lovely to be able to plant an arboretum of trees associated just with poets and poetic ballads?
primsong: (jimmy stewart)
I must find myself a good Leslie Howard icon - I'll have to settle for James Stewart for now.  You see, I just finished watching "Pimpernel Smith" via youtube, since it doesn't appear to exist in dvd...  and...*flails*
I love Leslie Howard's work.
I hate the Nazis who shot him down - how I wish he had lived to see the end of that war.  He's kind of the Brit version of Jimmy Stewart, really, the patriotic, upstanding actor who used his talents for his country but also was determined to actually go into battle... thank heavens Stewart at least made it out alive.

Go watch Pimpernel Smith if you haven't yet... and see where Indiana Jones came from.
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I noted the 100+ title "what books have you read" meme going by and wondered if I might find somewhere a comparable sort of list to use that focused instead on titles considered a part of being classically educated or similar. Here's a compilation of gleanings from three such lists.

As is commonly done with such things, I've put the ones I've read in bold, the ones I intend to read in the reasonably near future in italics (in my case, this means I now own a copy and it is literally waiting in a pile). Feel free to pass it on, or adjust as needed.  Some of these I don't think I would ever read, but who knows? Perhaps.
Classical Book Meme List under here )
primsong: (books)
Just finished reading the Letters of Cicero (excerpts, that is - not the whole bazillion of them) and then Octavius went and totally betrayed him and let Antony kill him! Aaaaaaighh! Noooo! Noooo!

> - <

It's worse because it isn't even a fictional hero dying...! even if it *was* a loooong time ago. That's the thing about history, sometimes the plot just suddenly veers right off a cliff.

*wants to bludgeon Octavius, the @!&#*%! traitorous little power-grabber*
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It's been much too long since I managed to post on LJ, yikes, though I do get by to lurk at least somewhat, enjoying seeing what everyone is up to. Almost the end of another year!

Lots gone by... dad stuff (we ended up giving away the business for a dollar), lost two of our parakeets and now I'm helping my folks with my Grandma who recently had a stroke and is kind of 'not there' for the most part - plus she keeps undressing, lol... that part is kind of funny. What a year, eh? Sounds par for the course for a lot of you.

The church history class I've been teaching has pretty much sucked up the writing time as I'm constantly having to stay ahead with notes, handouts and essays on the various events and personalities. This next week should be fun - Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation plus one of my favorites, Erasmus, next week I get to tackle Henry VIII. Still, I'm really missing my 'fun writing time', reduced to drabbles and the occasional poem is thin rations.

Also working on a gingerbread creation for our Tolkien-inspired Gingerbread contest - anyone who wants to join in is welcome to, good fun. I've never made gingerbread before in my life, but last night found me installing a floor for the tomb of the Stewards and adding dead kings in marshmallow. Heh. We've had an amazing chocolate-gingerbread Meduseld submitted already. Deadline isn't til Jan. 7, if you want to join in.

Looks like everyone managed to survive Christmas so far - now for New Years! (yay) Here's to a fine year ahead, better than any of us are hoping (or dreading?).
primsong: (books)
One thing that has become apparent to me as I wade further into reading obscure classics (working on Rabelais right now) is that the further you go the more you realize you've been missing out on. My only guide for the most part is my own whim and curiosity - if it keeps getting referred to and quoted by others, I want to know what the original was about. This morning in our bible study I found a passing reference to a list of classical works by everyone from St. Thomas Aquinas to Aristotle to Calvin and C.S. Lewis. A veritable treasure-trove of wisdom from folks who have already been down this "Life" roadway, and what they found. I had to shake my head over my own idea that I am well-read in any way, shape or form when I found out of the entire list I had only read two of them, and those only in a passing manner - there were several that I'd never even seen before.

So many wells to drink from, and only so many hours in a lifetime.

Galileo

May. 9th, 2005 10:18 am
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This came up as a side-thought to a thread on the Pony - it being a bit of revisionist history that sets my teeth on edge whenever it hoves by, I thought I might get it out of my system by offering a brief historical account here.

The Myth of Galileo )

Whew! That's better.

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