The Phosphorescent Blues

Music

the-punch-brothersThe Phosphorescent Blues by Punch Brothers. Stream it for free until Jan. 27 (that’s tomorrow–it’s brilliant!).

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Jayme-Stone-Mansa-SissokoJayme Stone And Mansa Sissoko–From Appalachia To Africa [tx, sh]

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Joel_PlaskettStewart’s musical guest, Joel Plaskett

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The Swingle Singers sing Bach, sort of. (tx, kd).The-Swingle-Singers-Jazz-Sebastien-Ba-489985

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Tuesday, 2015 January 20

empress-of-ireland_thm-from-encyclopedia-titanica.orgThe Empress of Ireland sank in the St Lawrence, rivalling the sinkings of The Titanic and The Lusitania around the same time. Then WWI ‘broke out. The tragedy was quickly overtaken.’

Grass_dsc08672-nevit-from-wpwatched how to grow a planet (grass).

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Wednesday, 2015 January 21

punchbrothersRichard Rohr asks, ‘Is “Green” a Christian Position?‘ And Punch Brothers’ new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, ‘addresses with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected era…. A slice of modern life.’

Collage_of_Nine_Dogs-from-wpwatched dogs by design and the book of negroes, part 2.

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Thursday, 2015 January 22

TheConfessionOfBrotherHaluin‘ “How small are my own griefs, and how great the part I have chosen. I made the choice for my own craven sake, now with what life I have left I will make it good for a worthier reason” [said Brother Haluin]. So this journey, thought [Brother] Cadfael, has not been in vain.’ The Confession Of Brother Haluin, 150.
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bullfrog-powerdid a bullfrog power survey. went to an mcg potluck.

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brigettedepape-from-cocClose: ‘The Harper Conservatives took a majority government by a combined total of only 6,201 votes’, reports Maude Barlow. Former page Brigette DePape (who held up ‘STOP HARPER’) is the Council Of Canadians National Youth Vote Organizer.

Friday, 2015 January 23

Richard Rohr-from-cacIn a fascinating article, Richard Rohr reminds us that ‘reality trumps words…. Sadly, the over idealization of books and reliance upon books … may have kept us from … the deeper knowing of reality as it is…. We clergy may assume that we are ahead of the “lay people” because of our book education, but we’re finding again and again that this isn’t necessarily true. Often those taught by the hard knocks of reality seem to know more about what really matters…. Simply by watching the sky, birds, trees, seasons, darkness, and light, [you can too!] people knew they belonged to Something Bigger. And even better, they lived in an enchanted universe where everything else belonged too…. Prior to the invention of the written word and the printing press, the way God made God’s self available was through all of the creatures, seasons, and cycles of life and death. The wondrous nature of the world itself is the universal religion that precedes all later religions. It seems we need nature to smack us upside the head to move us out of head and into experiencing reality.’

Here’s a smack:overall-sea-level-rise ‘Oil prices drop as global warming rises‘. And Al Gore says oil companies ‘use our atmosphere as an open sewer.’ So do most cars, trucks, and planes. And many lawnmowers. And leaf-blowers…. (tx, sh)

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Rick_Mercer_port_332321artwwatched wild arabia (the jewel of arabia) and rmr.

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Saturday, 2015 January 24

the-big-ratchetOur regulatory machinery ‘has kept nutrients … cycling from land to ocean to deep beneath the surface to the atmosphere and back. It is the most important, and least appreciated, foundation for human civilization. As with Earth’s other planetary-scale features, … [it] is beyond humanity’s control.’–The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives In The Face Of Nature’s Crisis 23

Sunday, 2015 January 25

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin wished the bald eagle ‘had not been chosen as a “representative of our country” because, he said, it is a “Bird of bad moral Character.” Franklin wrote about the eagle: “Like those among Men who live by Sharping and Robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy.” There was a different fowl that Franklin championed as a true representative of the budding United States: “The Turkey,” he wrote…, “is a much more respectable Bird, and … a true original Native of America.” ‘

Monday, 2015 January 26

feiffer2-e1331498998391Monday is the birthday of Jules Feiffer. ‘His strip in The Village Voice was one of the first cartoon strips to deal with adult themes such as sex, politics, and psychiatry. For most of his career, he has drawn and written all of his work in Central Park, which he considers his office.’
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the_agenda_logowatched Walking Through History (The Lakes), The Agenda (Along the Food Chain), and Medieval Lives (Death).

 

 

 

 

 

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