"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Slow Takes About Playing For Change, Pine Trees, an Inspiring Painting and Attic Treasurers

1. “Stand by Me,” was performed by Ben E. King in 1961. This video is the same song performed by various artists, through “Playing For Change.”

2. This is an interesting story about pine trees and Easter. I enjoy stories like these that parents can share with their children. It is one that Dee and I will share with our grandchildren.

3. An inspiring painting by Ron DiCianni. Having the artist explain it adds to the importance to our belief in the Resurrection.

4. Nick Phillips auctioned off his “Woodie” collection a couple of years ago. Check out his collection.

5. Bob Dylan’s first “gig” was performed on April 11, 1961. It was in New York City at Gerde’s. 

6. Dee and I were cleaning out the attic and discovered some treasurers. This one is the wedding invitation form my Mom and Dad's wedding, May 11, 1946.

7. Our second discovery was my Confirmation certificate from 1984. Tom Hall was my sponsor. He was also a friend and humble guide during this part of my spiritual journey.

Read other "Takes" at Conversion Diary.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Slow Takes about Fred Neil, Yard Work, Arachnids and Wayne Gretzky

1. Fred Neil was an American folk singer in the the 1960s. He was born March 16, 1936 and died of cancer on July 7,2001. This is one of the songs he wrote and performed.

2. The weather has been beautiful which has allowed me to work in the yard. I finished cleaning up the leaves and loose tree branches blown about by Njord, a Norse god who loves to create yard work. My spring fertilizer and weed control has been laid out. Next should come those famous April showers.
3. Johannes Stötter is a talented body-painting artist. The picture below is one of latest creations.

4. I was working at my computer the other evening, a little later than usual, when out of the corner of my eye something moved. Glancing to my right I watched a spider crawl up the wall and go behind my picture of the University of Richmond. I know he isn’t as big as I think he is. He’s not venomous, merely a nuisance. His yellowish brown color makes him seem worse than he is. Still, there is a chance I could get him. So, with tissue in hand I slowly moved the picture. The little bugger jumped back down behind the desk. Spider 1 - Paul 0.

5. There is a story about the shortage of grapes in the State of Virginia. This fine blue and white fruit is used to make an extraordinary elixir called wine. My preference being the reds. The result of this impending disaster is that the price of Virginia wines will rise. An example of the simple economic equation of supply and demand. Fortunately for me there are other wines to choose from. California, Argentina, Italy, France and Australia are just a few. 

6. Neil Diamond wrote and recorded “Red Red Wine” back in 1968.

7. On April 4, 1982 Wayne Gretzky finished the NFL hockey season with 212 goals. He was the first and only player to break the 200-point barrier. Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends has details about this great legend.

Read other "Takes" at Conversion Diary.

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Slow Takes about the Prodigal Son, Fingerprints, Elvish names and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

1. Anthony De Cristofaro from “Your Daily Tripod” said that the story of the Prodigal Son is a “Unique story. (Saturdays Gospel Luke:15:1-3; 11-32) He looks at the story as one of waste and excessive spending of money and resources. Something I never thought about but then every time I hear or read the story I learn something new. Anthony asks us to reflect on the gifts that have been given to us. Do we waste them or do we share our gifts with others? 

2. Just in case you're wondering how to tie a “four-in-hand” tie knot. Or, maybe you want to know what a "four-in-hand: knot is.

1. Put the necktie around your neck, so that the wider end is on your right hands side. It has to hang lower than the narrow part of the tie, since some fabric of the tie will be needed to tie the knot. Now grab the broad end with your right hand and move it over to the left going across the narrow end of the tie.
2. Pass the wider part of the necktie around and behind the narrow part of the tie.
3. Now, wrap the wider part of the necktie around the front again and pull it through the left side on your collar.
4. Make sure that you don’t tighten the knot yet. With your left hand create a loop on the front side of the knot, and hold it open. Then, with your right hand, pull the wider part of the tie through the loop
5. Gently tighten the tie knot and center the tie knot between your collars. You are done.

3. Fingerprints are common today but were not always used for crime solving.

“The first fingerprint evidence involving a scene of crime latent print in England was heard at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), London, on the 13th September 1902, when a Harry Jackson was tried after pleading not guilty to a charge of burglary at Denmark Hill, South London, and stealing billiard balls. An imprint of his left thumb was found in dirt on a newly painted window sill during an examination of the crime scene by Detective Sergeant Collins. He photographed the latent and with the assistance of colleagues searched the latent through the relatively small offender print collection and it was identified. By consultation between Henry, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Stedman and Collins, a famous barrister of the time, Richard Muir, conducted the prosecution case, Collins explaining the system and producing photographic enlargements and tracings of both latent and known print. Jackson was convicted and was sentenced to 7 years penal servitude.”

4. There is a website where you can locate you name and translate to Middle Earth Elvish. My name, Paul would be: Nibenon. Pronounced: Nee-bennn-on. Jen, at Conversion Diary, would be: Nimthîriel. Pronounced: Nim-theer-ee-ell.

5. Please pray for Bob, a gentle and kind man who loves fishing and is a wonderful friend. We have missed him at our Friday luncheons. He is in the hospital fighting lung cancer.

6. Prayers are needed for the families of Boston firefighters Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy. Both were killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.

7. This is a beautiful song by Buffy Sainte-Marie. A Canadian Native Cree songwriter from the 1960s that continues to introduce new music. 

Read other "Takes" at Conversion Diary.