Daily Archives: September 20, 2014

Unmasking the truth, poetic thought by George-B (The Smudge and other poems)

Unmasking the truth, poetic thought by George-B

Unmasking the truth,
Unlike skinning
a mushroom,
a tree,
a hare, a crocodile, a bird of paradise
is a matter of
intellectual quest,
curiosity, of
pretending to have found the place of gathering
most people avoid
where only few have the what-ever-it-is
make people step out of the safety of
sheepish crowds,

and expose their brains to the elements,
natural or human or inhumanly made…
It is also a matter of taste, sometimes a choice
but mostly a matter of no other choice at all.

©Always, by George-B.

Seattle Genetics: Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Seattle Genetics: Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Mobile Web – News – Radicalized Americans: Tracing the shift from everyday Joe to jihadi


EU expresses gladness over release of Turkish hostages taken by IS – Xinhua | English.news.cn


Angela Gheorghiu: “Ständchen” by Franz Schubert: great compositions/performances

Angela Gheorghiu: “Ständchen” by Franz Schubert

Beethoven – String Quartet Op.59, No.2 “Rasumovsky” – Végh Quartet – 1952: great compositions/performances

Beethoven – String Quartet Op.59, No.2 “Rasumovsky” – Végh Quartet – 1952

Prazak Quartet & Zemlinsky Quartet : Felix Mendelssohn String octet E-flat major Op. 20: great compositions/performances

Prazak Quartet & Zemlinsky Quartet : Felix Mendelssohn String octet E-flat major Op. 20

Saint of the Day for Saturday, September 20th, 2014: Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

today’s holiday: Idaho Spud Day

Idaho Spud Day

Spud Day is a celebration of the potato in Shelley, Idaho. The potato has come to be thought of as the crop of Idaho, but the state actually has a number of other important crops: wheat, hay, oats, barley, beans, peas, sugar beets, and fruits. Nonetheless, the spud gets the hurrahs with a festival that began in 1927 and includes a parade, potato-picking and tug-of-war contests, and, of course, potatoes fried, baked, scalloped, mashed, and more. Five thousand free baked potatoes are given to visitors. More… Discuss

Don Quixote dela Mancha: Dulcinea (Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren)


“It seldom happens that any felicity comes…”: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

Other quotations from Cervantes:

When the severity of the law is to be softened,
let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
– Miguel de Cervantes

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
– Miguel de Cervantes

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool,
and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
– Miguel de Cervantes

Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven ( Live, 1973 ) W/ LYRICS: make music part of your life series

   Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven  ( Live, 1973 ) W/ LYRICS

“Stairway to Heaven” live (Rodrigo y Gabriela)

Plácido Domingo Sings “Malagueña Salerosa”

Sophia Loren (1934); Remember “La Ciociara” (“Two Women”)?

today’s birthday:  Sophia Loren (1934)

Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1961 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work. Why did she serve more than two weeks in prison in 1982? More… Discuss

La Ciociara – Vittorio de Sica by GM

What is: Ciociara? Is to Ciocharia what Malagueña is for Malaga


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fresco representing the Campagne and Maritime Province, in Vatican Museums

Ciociara (woman from Ciociaria) by Enrique Simonet.

Ciociaria (Italian pronunciation: [tʃotʃaˈɾiːa]) is the name of a traditional region of Central Italy without a defined border nor historical identity.[1] The name was adopted by a fascist movement of Frosinone as an ethnical denomination for the province of Frosinone, when it was created in 1927.[2] In the Middle Ages, this region was referred to as Campagna. The local dialect, now known as ciociaro, was earlier referred to as campanino. In more recent times, the term Campagna Romana, or Roman Campagna, a favorite subject of countless painters from all over Europe, has referred to the adjoining region to the north of Ciociaria, but part of the Province of Rome.

The name appears to be derived from the ciocia (plural cioce), the traditional footwear still worn by a few sheep and cattle herders in the Central Apennines.

this day in the yesteryear: John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969): remember John’s song “Woman”?

John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969)

Tensions were high during the recording sessions for what were to be the Beatles’ final albums. John Lennon described working on Let It Be as “hell.” Exactly a month after finishing “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”—the last time all four Beatles would be in the studio together—Lennon told his bandmates that he was going solo. To avoid jeopardizing sales of Abbey Road, which was released just days later, Lennon’s departure was kept a secret. When was the group’s dissolution formalized? More… Discuss

John Lennon – Woman (2010)

People and places: The Mekong Delta

Brick factory - Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

Brick factory – Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mekong Delta

The Mekong River—the longest river in Southeast Asia—flows from southern China through Tibet, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, where it enters the South China Sea. The sediments it carries on the 2,700-mile (4,350-km) journey form the vast, extremely fertile Mekong Delta, which occupies southeast Cambodia and southern Vietnam. One of the greatest rice-growing areas in Asia, the densely populated delta region has been called a “biological treasure trove.” What did scientists recently discover there? More… Discuss


word: jejune


Definition: (adjective) Not interesting; dull.
Synonyms: insipid
Usage: The jejune novel was full of trite phrases and dull banter that went on for pages at a time, but I nevertheless read it from cover to cover. Discuss.

Detroit cuts off water for families

Detroit cuts off water for families http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29185710

How Liberia lost its handshake

How Liberia lost its handshake http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29260185

Yemen agrees truce with Houthis – UN

Yemen agrees truce with Houthis – UN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29298897

Boko Haram ‘kills dozens’ at market

Boko Haram ‘kills dozens’ at market http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29297402

Google: Android L devices will be “NSA-Proof” out-of the box


66,000 Syrians ‘flee to Turkey’

66,000 Syrians ‘flee to Turkey’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29294656

Joe Biden gaffe week: What did he say now? (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Cupich succeeding Chicago’s Cardinal George


Cupich succeeding Chicago’s Cardinal George


Former El Salvador leader in custody

Former El Salvador leader in custody http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29288915

Mexico ‘leading drug lord’ killed

Mexico ‘leading drug lord’ killed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29286873

The scary element that saved the crew of Apollo 13

The scary element that saved the crew of Apollo 13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29274491

Three guilty of selling tainted nuts

Three guilty of selling tainted nuts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29288273

Bathtub Bulletin: Access here

Bathtub Bulletin Access Here

Bathtub Bulletin Access Here

The Wine and the Cup -Rumi

The Wine and the Cup -Rumi

The wine of divine grace is limitless:
All limits come only from the faults of the cup.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
Grant a great dignity, my friend, to the cup of your life;
Love has designed it to hold His eternal wine.

Old, yet embelished with passage of time: Rumi and the Play of Poetry – University of California Television (UCTV)

Rumi and the Play of Poetry

this pressed: Calif. boy gets detention for sharing school lunch.

Calif. boy gets detention for sharing school lunch..

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: report – Yahoo News

Belgium thwarts jihadist attacks: report – Yahoo News.

word: thwart

thwart  (thwôrt)

tr.v. thwart·ed, thwart·ing, thwarts

1. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
2. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
n. Nautical

A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.

1. Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
2. Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.
adv. & prep. Archaic

Athwart; across.

[Middle English thwerten, from thwert, across, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr, transverse; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

Ukraine deal with eastern rebels

Ukraine deal with eastern rebels http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29290246

Turkish hostages in Iraq released

Turkish hostages in Iraq released http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29291946