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

“Grief is the price we pay for love”

These 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”

Culture, History, Love, Quote of the Day

“Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

And today, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal… Continue reading “Just stick me in the back of a Land Rover and drive me to Windsor”

Quote of the Day, Science

QOTD: Richard Feynman on the Unknown

You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live, not knowing, than to have answers which might be wrong. It comes at about the middle of this interview excerpt: https://youtu.be/cRmbwczTC6E A man of science.  Not a religious man, but one who… Continue reading QOTD: Richard Feynman on the Unknown

Music, Quote of the Day, Religion

“We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

It’s true that I haven’t been able to find a single source pointing me to the place where the putative author of today’s quote said exactly these words, even in translation (perhaps someone could help me out). But they are widely attributed to St. Augustine, and certainly embody the spirit of his Easter Reflections, an… Continue reading “We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song!”

History, Literature, Quote of the Day

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”

The quote in the title is from As You Like It, but that’s not really the Quote of the Day. April Fool! Today’s actual quote of the day comes from Charles Lamb, who was born in 1775, in London, to a middle-class lawyer’s clerk and his wife, in a house in which he lived in an… Continue reading “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”

Quote of the Day

On Love, Hate, and Indifference

The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference; for at a minimum, to love or hate someone is to have intense emotions toward them.--Elie Wiesel He would know.  Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust victim who survived imprisonment in Auschwitz and Buchenwald before the latter camp was liberated by the the US Army in April,… Continue reading On Love, Hate, and Indifference

Culture, Entertainment, Quote of the Day, War

“Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?”

Crimenutely.  I am gobsmacked at the number of people who, on the very few social networking sites I follow, seem to have given into despair. https://youtu.be/3t0Gk0nffXA I don’t believe our darkest days are ahead of us.  I never have.  People have been asking, “You’ve always said you’d tell us when it was time to panic. … Continue reading “Now, you and I know you can fire three rounds a minute. But can you stand?”

Friendship, Literature, Quote of the Day

Kindred Spirits

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”–Anne Shirley When I was a child, and like many young girls, I loved Lucy Maud Montgomery’s* stories of Anne (with an “e”) Shirley and her guardians, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, and… Continue reading Kindred Spirits

History, Literature, Quote of the Day, Religion

“Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”

Happy January 21!  The sun has come up, the earth is still turning, and life goes on in these United States. Today is, according to legend, the 1717th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Agnes of Rome, patron saint of young girls and defender of the chaste.  Brutally murdered in AD 304 at the order… Continue reading “Lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon”

Literature, Quote of the Day

“You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”

One of my favorite authors, Rudyard Kipling, died 85 years ago today. Eighty-five years. Lord, not all that long ago. I’m within two decades of that lived milestone myself. (I’m 66, for those of you who are keeping track, or who’d like to weigh in on what an irrelevant old hag I am.) On that… Continue reading “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”