Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love, Quote of the Day

“Grief is the price we pay for love”–September 11, 2022

Those words were spoken by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to the family members of those who perished on September 11, 2001. And I’ve often thought she must have been channeling C.S. Lewis at the time: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.… Continue reading “Grief is the price we pay for love”–September 11, 2022

Ave Atque Vale, Britishness, Culture, Family, History, Life, Loss, Quote of the Day

We Saw Her. We Believed. And Now She’s Gone.

“I have to be seen to be believed”–Queen Elizabeth II The only British monarch of my lifetime died today.  She was crowned in June 1953, slightly more than a year before I was born.  I was named after her, “Elizabeth,” and–for my middle name–after my grandmother who was to die when I was only a… Continue reading We Saw Her. We Believed. And Now She’s Gone.

Ave Atque Vale, Entertainment, Music

The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

The year is 1964.  The pop revolution is underway, and groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones own the British charts and are besieged by thousands of screaming girls throwing flowers (and much else) at them wherever they go. Out of nowhere, that May, a quartet of young Australians who'd worked their passage from… Continue reading The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

Ave Atque Vale, Culture, Entertainment

Bernard Cribbins, RIP

Where are the snows of yesteryear? Probably the first time that line from François Villon's medieval poem Ballad of Ladies of Time Gone By has been applied to Bernard Cribbins, but whatever.  Tempus fugit, as they say.  And my childhood with it. Bernard Cribbins, who has died age 93 was a staple of that childhood. … Continue reading Bernard Cribbins, RIP

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’

Ave Atque Vale, Family, Family Matters, Love

Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post

During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for… Continue reading Amazing Grace–A Lenten Post

Animals, Ave Atque Vale, Loss, Love, Pets and Livestock

Ave Atque Vale: The Greatest Pyrenees

He was the biggest--in every sense of the word--dog who's ever owned me.  Big of size, big (well, reasonably big) of brain, big of spirit, but most of all, big of heart. Levi's long, and very good, run came to an end this morning.  He'd been having increasing trouble hauling his 150lb frame to its… Continue reading Ave Atque Vale: The Greatest Pyrenees