Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Be back...


From Barbara Beyer Malley

In her older years, Ernestine Cobern Beyer

became a successful poet and lecturer,

describing to her fans the power of the

subconscious mind. She dubbed hers

"Jeeves," after the problem-solving butler

in P.G. Wodehouse's novels, and credited

him with helping her complete many of

her poems. At 35, however, she was so

discouraged by rejections slips that she

considered giving up. What a sad loss that

would have been to the world of poetry.

[from 1928 letter written to husband
David, away on a business trip]

"All my poems are coming back and

back. Each time it is like a kick in the

stomach! I know just how Dempsey

felt when Tunney pummelled his bad

eye! I wish it didn't affect me that way.

I almost think I'll have to give it up, I

get so blue. And I feel so lost, as if I had

nothing to do. I lecture myself the way

I used to Mother. In fact, I do it so much,

perhaps lecturing should be my vocation.

It is sad to think yourself a sky lark, and

find you are only a mud one! It is really

the cruelest form of torture, and I can

sympathize now with Mother's longing

to be a writer and her battered hopes

and ambitions. I do hope my children

will not try to fly high.

I am like those winged ants you see.

What good are their wings? They do

not fly! But I suppose they think they

will some day!"

[Mother, your wings were destined to

fly. By the 50s and 60s, your poems

were appearing in all the popular

children's magazines, and you were

giving talks in schools and libraries

about the power of the subconscious

mind. You named yours Jeeves...

mine is Jeeves, Jr.]

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Inspired by the garden dancers

of Back to Damerosehay -

(Well, it reminded me of

Dancers in Blue
by Edgar Degas c.1895

(Courtesy Allposters)

This Thursday past

Saw the book,

But didn't look -

Would be a HUGE


If t'was more

Alan Rickman.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Most Amazing Site

Wieliczka-daVinci's The Last Supper,

sculpted in salt. Pic from Wikipedia. (link)

Courtesy of Thomas from

Living Next Door to Alice. (link)

Who linked to this a while back &
kindly looked it up again, reposting
some great links.

They're of the magnificently sculpted

works from the
Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland - (link)...

Here's the
Wikipedia entry... (link)

Thanks again, Thomas:)


An amazing acrylic painting

of the Crucifixion!

By Ria


Smallpax. (link)


From an email

Would you like to strip Planned
Parenthood of millions of tax dollars
each year?

Today, Thursday July 19, the
United States House of
Representatives will continue to
consider the Labor, Health and
Human Services funding bill
(H.R. 3043). This bill authorizes
funding for Title X - the domestic
family planning program.

Planned Parenthood receives over
$65 MILLION A YEAR from this
one program.

The current bill actually increases
the Title X program to $311 million
and would mean approximately a
$15 million increase in funds going
to Planned Parenthood.

Representative Mike Pence of Indiana
will be offering an amendment to the
bill. His amendment will state:


At the end of the bill (before the short title),
insert the following:

SEC. ___. None of the
funds made available under this Act shall be
available to Planned Parenthood for any
purpose under title X of the Public Health
Services Act.

Please call your representatives immediately
and let them know how you feel about "the
Pence amendment toH.R. 3043." If you do
not know your representative's name or
contact information, go to:
http://www.house.gov and enter your zip
code in the upper left-hand corner of the web
page. Please take action on this now, before
it's too late......

And spread the word to every pro-lifer you know!

(From the American Life League)

Here are a couple of

Wikipedia links

to some like-minded


of mine.






Fascinating story

Read the article,

Sisters of Loretto: The
Miraculous Staircase, (link)

written by Dan Paulos, (whose
silhouette art, The Babysitters,
is featured at the top of this blog.)

It's about the true story of The

Miraculous Staircase of St. Joseph,
& was made into the movie:

The Staircase, (link)

starring Barbara Hershey &

William Petersen, in 1998.



these bumper stickers...


Leaflet Missal online.

Pro-life bumper stickers

being one of many topics @

Catholic Answers Forums.

Registration is required for

participation in the forum -

But being a Catholic is not

required for registration.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A new addition

to the right:

International Perspectives
on Family Violence and Abuse,
by Kathleen Malley-Morrison. (link)

(& a note from Dr. Malley-Morrison):

...I am now working on developing four
books on international perspectives on
war and peace, and anyone who would
like to contribute their views on war
and peace is invited to complete our
online survey at:


Don't let me forget

to vote for my favorite
podcast... (link):

for the month of July!

From Thomas


Living Next Door to Alice. (link)

An excellent link to

Poetry by Hilaire Belloc. (link)


Neat stuff

available from the:

American Chesterton Society, (link)

including this Flying Disc, proving that
even really big angels can fly:)

Thanks to the:

ChesterTeens, (link)...


More info on the ACS conference,

The Dawn Patrol (link)


The Blog of the American
Chesterton Society. (link)

Beautiful pics

& paintings @ The Crescat...

Especially like
this one,

by Polish painter Jan Matejko...

(July 24, 1838 - Nov. 1, 1893)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Liking the

forum here... (link)

Registration required.


Thursday, July 12, 2007




Monday, July 09, 2007

A Neat Link

to some

Classic Short Stories. (link)

Thanks to:

Thomas. (link:)


An unfinished tribute

Dickens' Dream

a watercolor
Robert W. Buss.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I guess I'm introspective, too

Your Personality is Very Rare (INFP)

Your personality type is dreamy, romantic, elegant, and expressive.

Only about 5% of all people have your personality, including 6% of all women and 4% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving.
This & the post below
were lifted from

~ Oh heh!

You Are Midnight

You are more than a little eccentric, and you're apt to keep very unusual habits.Whether you're a nightowl, living in a commune, or taking a vow of silence - you like to experiment with your lifestyle.Expressing your individuality is important to you, and you often lie awake in bed thinking about the world and your place in it.You enjoy staying home, but that doesn't mean you're a hermit. You also appreciate quality time with family and close friends.

What Time Of Day Are You?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A Great Tribute for Today

(as usual!)


Nick's Bytes... (link:)


What does your name mean?

rhapsody --


Similar to butter in texture and appearance

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com

Thanks to Mr. Smith from

The New Roving Medievalist (link)

for the link.



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