Ave Atque Vale, History, Military, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: From ‘Old Blood and Guts’

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. This is the quote attributed to General George S. Patton in his extemporaneous remarks at Boston’s Copely Plaza, on June 7, 1945. There’s no written record (on his part) of his saying such a thing,… Continue reading Quote of the Day: From ‘Old Blood and Guts’

Literature, Quote of the Day

Oscar Wilde on Suffering

Somehow (I’m still not quite sure how), a recent conversation with a friend turned to the topic of Oscar Wilde.  You know, the guy who said “I can resist anything except temptation,” and “A man’s face is his autobiography.  A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”  That Oscar Wilde. But the quote that my friend… Continue reading Oscar Wilde on Suffering

Culture, Family, History, Quote of the Day

On Late Bloomers

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance. The author of these words was born Amelia Jenks, on May… Continue reading On Late Bloomers

Plain Speaking, Quote of the Day, Womanly Feminism

A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Am I the only person on planet Earth who finds the alleged proffering, by Elon Musk to his contract employee, of…umm…a horse in return for doubling down on her sexual favors towards him, more than a little ridiculous? Good.  I hoped not. On the other hand, perhaps not so ridiculous (I always try to pay attention… Continue reading A Horse! A Horse! My Kingdom for a Horse!

Loss, Love, Music

Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffZI9ETWMmo He was born 110 years ago, on May 18, 1912, just a small piece down the road from me, in Canonsburg PA, home of (among other things) Sarris Candies and All-Clad cookware.  Not to mention also Bobby Vinton, Marty Schottenheimer (giving the lie to the idea that the only good things, NFL-wise, to come… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Pierino Ronald Como!

Business, Food and Drink, History

“You Deserve a Break Today….”

There I was, looking for something--perhaps a quote--to write about today--May 15, 2022.  May, as a month, is full of both joyful and sad anniversaries for my family, but as it transpires, none of them falls on the 15th. So I visited my "go to" place, when it comes to finding something to write about… Continue reading “You Deserve a Break Today….”

Biography, Book Review, Literature, Poetry

Not A Book Review: William Blake Verus The World, by John Higgs

I can't review it, because I haven't read it yet.  But I'm charmed by a lengthy excerpt which the author himself has posted on Lapham's Quarterly. It's the story of an unlikely friendship that developed towards the end of Blake's life, and one which reminds me--as do so many biographies and vignettes of eighteenth century… Continue reading Not A Book Review: William Blake Verus The World, by John Higgs

Computers, History

And the Winner is…The Computer!

Twenty-five years ago today, on May 11, 1997. World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was defeated by "Deep Blue," an IBM computer developed as a research project at Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon University. (An RS/6000 running AIX.  Lord, that takes me back...) https://youtu.be/MrubZ7SA-Hk The score, over six games, was 3 1/2 for Deep Blue, and 2 1/2 for… Continue reading And the Winner is…The Computer!

Music, Plain Speaking

Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio

I've often mentioned my fondness for Mark Steyn on this site.  It's one which dates back many years, long before he referenced Dad's Telegraph obituary in his National Review column.  I think it even dates to before my discovery that he spent many of his formative years in Birmingham in the UK, my family stomping… Continue reading Musical Mondays: Someone Waits for Me, on Serenade Radio