Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Random thoughts on day of Mother Cabrini's Sainthood

Lombard-born Mother Cabrini became the first American Saint on this day in 1946. I just wanted to post a few random things for no particular reason. I wonder if Mother Cabrini could be considered part of Ambrosian culture? Probably not, since it is only considered a liturgy; which is why is was allowed in the first place. The beautiful Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado is on my to-visit-list. I want to walk up that long stairway to the sky.

Mother Cabrini loved the mountains of Colorado. The foothills west of Denver held a special attraction for her. During her journeys in 1902 to visit the Italian workers and their families in the Clear Creek, Argentine, and South Park mining districts, Frances X. Cabrini discovered a property on the east slope of Lookout Mountain owned by the town of Golden.


2 intriguing titles

Last week I watched two mystery/horror movies with intriguing names. 'Wicker Park' was a movie that, according to reviews, people either liked or disliked with no in-between. My vote is nay. Mungo Lake was an Australian supernatural flick. I'll lean toward yay on that one.


Harbaugh-Cowherd interview

Coffee'd up radio sports personality ambushes coach at 6 AM, resulting in an awkward interview. Sociologically, I found this to be interesting. I've found Jim Harbaugh to be very personable, yet somehow is frequently judged as being the opposite. No matter how passionate one may be regarding any subject or interest, they could just draw a blank with a phony line of questioning. You can't always be on your A-Game.. Many people prefer more of a fake immediate-best-buddy sort of person over even a more genuine personality. It's probably split right down the middle with people at large; but I'll always take the latter.


Jaws - 40 Years

Every year one of the cable networks has a "Shark week" special from Sunday to Saturday. This week it's the Discovery channel, with non-stop shark programs and documentaries. On the American Movie Classics channel yesterday, they aired off of the "Jaws movies." Apparently the iconic movie and the shark craze in general is associated with the Fourth of July and the real kick off of summer, just as in the 1975 movie. I remember when I was very young in the summer of 75, the media, entertainment, and commercial blitz all about sharks. This seemed to last several years; and the movie has created a lasting fascination with sharks. It was a great movie, and an equally great soundtrack. It all seemed to lead to "the hunt" towards the end.

I recall visiting cousins back in the midwest, and the ones my age were equally fascinated with the movie; and we "reinacted" it along the lake there, just as I had with friends at home. We would form something that would serve as the vessel from the movie and pretend, often reciting some of the lines from the film. Remember, this was even before VCRs, much less the internet and all the rest. If someone loved a movie, they could buy the soundtrack, the book, posters, and memorabilia... everything except the film. In those scenes were Robert Shaw was singing and looking like he was enjoying himself lots... he was actually buzzed as it turns out. The 70s had all those original mega-hit movies.


Ancient underground chamber found under someone's house

I just saw this today: 'Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards'. Just the concept that someone would discover that their home was thousands of years old would be strange enough. The photo of the steps leading down is so bizarre. It doesn't even have to be ancient. Portland, Oregon has some places where there are walkways and rooms that have been discovered deep down into the earth. Seattle has it's underground city, where the "old city" was built upon.


Felines are not canines!

I don't know why people insist in trying to "breed cats." For example, the munchkin cats. Cats are perfect the way they are, and they already are a small and relatively short-legged animal. Why purposely breed in a birth defect? They don't have genes like wolves. Other irresponsible breeding includes mixing housecats and bobcats. Those genes for a large powerful animal don't just disappear. Also, who's bright idea was it to hybridize big cats? A liger (lion-tiger mix) cannot survive in the wild due to it's massive size; so should ligers be allowed to mate with other lions or tigers? There are many other such mixes. The Leopon (lion-leopard mix) is not a beautiful animal....


Princess Gisla's angry speech" was from the last episode and scene from this past 'Vikings' season three. The Parisian princess was being forced into a marriage with regional Viking chief Rollo. I have mixed feelings, as part of me wants to laugh at her speech and pouty and disgusted appearance; while at the same time it's against my own spiritual beliefs to laugh at someone's pain.. even if they're an adversary. In other words, it's only funny if it's not you. However, with Rollo's fur clad appearance, his own greeting to her in French, and followed by his large grin, I think the scene was intended on being subtly humorous. Beyond the production itself, the two actors would be a good genetic match. In any case, excellent acting by the actress Morgane Polanski. One of the YouTube commenters, apparently a French speaker, said that this was "old French." France is like Italy in that there were numerous languages in the Middle Ages, after which only one was instituted. Someone cleverly put together a video called 'Rollo and Gisla: Empire of Our Own' with footage from the series.


Cat meets dolphins


Gypsey Teague is guest on Coast To Coast AM this Friday

Witchcraft and Steampunk/Open lines

Date: Friday - July 10, 2015
Host: George Noory
Guests: Gypsey Teague, Open Lines

Gypsey Teague is the Branch Head of the Gunnin Architecture Library at Clemson University, as well as a craftwoman, and Elder and High Priestess in the Georgian and Icelandic Norse traditions. In the first half, she'll discuss her work as a practicing witch, and her creation of Steampunk Magic. Followed by Open Lines.


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