Tags » Miscellany

July 4th! Yaay! What's With The 1812 Overture?

by toritto

A repost for the 4th of July!  Happy 4th!!

Tsar Alexander I

So Fourth of July is here and we all will be hearing both the Capitol Fourth celebration and the Boston Pops play the final themes of the 1812 Overture on national television just prior to the fireworks. 881 more words


weggieboy reblogged this on weggieboy's blog and commented:

What do you think? The "1812 Overture" is a crowd pleaser, but it honors all the wrong things. Read this history of the piece and the Russia that inspired it and see if you agree.


I’ll admit it – I’m one of the current spoiled generation who complains about having to work when it’s not something meaningful or enjoyable. Since I’m not very good at anything I find meaningful or enjoyable, it’s all about the boring rat race, which is why I like to spend my non-rat-racing free time doing fun things I’m bad at. 170 more words


Post 811: more retro kitties...

Yesterday took us up to when Andy and Dougy were 10 months old. Today — why not!? — I add some more links for favorite videos of the boys, now all grown up.


Steaming Through With Wellingborough

Here’s a short retrospective on our Wellingborough typeface family, using newly re-imagined early 20th century railway posters…


Could the previously unidentified Tillotson employee be Mary Melia?

Photo from the Virginia Slusher archive

We believe the woman on the far right is Mary Melia. Her husband Marvin also worked for Tillotson Construction Company and served as a pilot. 108 more words


Year of Grace, Day 174. Three years in a garden’s life

I suppose it is fitting that I am contemplating leaving my garden just when it is coming into its own. When we moved in three summers ago, the garden was choked with weeds – in the back, stinging nettle and brambles stood well over 2 meters and formed an impenetrable mass. 747 more words


ONE MAN'S MUSE by Chris Holm

ONE MAN’S MUSE by Chris Holm

Larry Arsenault could’ve done without the voices.

It was bad enough he had no job. No girl. No favored hangout to haunt, nor any money to spend there if he did. 3,384 more words