Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Fernando Sor: Andrés Segovia Sor Variation sur un theme de Mozart

Fernando Sor: Andrés Segovia Sor Variation sur un theme de Mozart

From BBC news : Iraqi mass graves found in Tikrit

Iraqi mass graves found in Tikrit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32199244

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From BBC : Star’s birth glimpsed ‘in real time’

Star’s birth glimpsed ‘in real time’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32168507

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From BBC news : Hadron Collider restarts after pause

Hadron Collider restarts after pause http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32160755

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Corul George Enescu in concert de paste 2015 sergiu mihoc sergiu mihoc

Corul George Enescu in concert de paste 2015

O. Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances Suite II.

O. Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances Suite II. Complete

Antonín Dvořák – Le Rouet d’or, poème symphonique B. 197 (op. 109) , great compositions/performances

Antonín Dvořák – Le Rouet d’or, poème symphonique B. 197 (op. 109)

THIS PRESSED: In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Military chaplaincy in eastern Ukraine, 2015. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Military chaplaincy in eastern Ukraine, 2015. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Suffering and hardship are also the lot of the faithful shepherded by Greek-Catholic Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz of the Eparchy of Sambir-Drohobyc, in western Ukraine. Twenty priests provide pastoral care of soldiers, mostly young men: volunteers as well as Ukrainian conscripts.

The bishop told Aid to the Church in Need that his priests “rotate every 45 days, because no one can stand it there any longer. Some who return never want to go back again because the psychological strain is just enormous. However, they go back because they want to take care of the faithful.”

“No matter whether they are Catholics, Orthodox, or members of other faiths, they are all are happy when a priest is just simply there for them, even though some have never even heard of God,” Bishop Pryriz added.

The bishop also reported on the situation in Kyiv: “Wounded soldiers from the east are being cared for at a temporary military hospital set up in the Greek-Catholic cathedral in Kyiv. Never before have I seen so much suffering, sorrow and tragedy. I am 53 years-old and have never experienced war, but what I am seeing now – people without hands, without legs, without eyes, ears – will haunt me forever.”

The prelate continued: “Many soldiers from our diocese have been killed. Either they have simply disappeared or no one knows anything about their whereabouts. We have been told that a number of them have been burned to death. Or they return in coffins. You cannot imagine it. There is so much sorrow over sons, fathers, husbands!”

via In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History



Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

April 6

1199   English King Richard I is killed by an arrow at the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1789   The First U.S. Congress begins regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City.
1814   Granted sovereignty in the island of Elba and a pension from the French government, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates at Fountainebleau. He is allowed to keep the title of emperor.
1830   Joseph Smith and five others organize the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca, New York.
1862   Confederate forces attack General Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh, Tennessee.
1865   At the Battle of Sailer’s Creek, a third of Lee’s army is cut off by Union troops pursuing him to Appomattox.
1896   The Modern Olympics begin in Athens with eight nations participating.
1903   French Army Nationalists are revealed to have forged documents to guarantee a conviction for Alfred Dryfus.
1909   Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first men to reach the North Pole.
1917   The United States declares war on Germany and enters World War I on Allied side.
1924   Four planes leave Seattle on the first successful flight around the world.
1938   The United States recognizes Nazi Germany’s conquest of Austria.
1941   German forces invade Greece and Yugoslavia.
1965   President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes the use of ground troops in combat operations.
Born on April 6
1483   Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio), Italian painter (Sistine Madonna).
1786   Sacagawea (also Sacajawea), American explorer.
1866   Joseph Lincoln Steffens, journalist.
1905   W. Warrick Cardozo, physician, researcher of Sickle Cell Anemia.
1927   Gerry Mulligan, jazz saxaphonist.
1928   James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.
1929   Andre Previn, pianist and conductor.
1937   Merle Haggard, American country musician.

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.sCvigOhX.dpuf

Saint of the Day for Monday, April 6th, 2015: St. William of Eskilsoe

Image of St. William of Eskilsoe

St. William of Eskilsoe

Missionary. Born at Saint-Germain, France, circa 1125, he served as a canon at the church of St. Genevieve, Paris, under the great Abbot Suger until about 1170, when he was sent to Denmark with the … continue reading

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today’s image: Catacombs, Paris (Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) (French, 1820–1910))

Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon). Catacombs, Paris. 1861
Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon)
(French, 1820–1910)

Catacombs, Paris

Albumen silver print from a glass negative
9 7/16 x 7 13/16″ (24 x 19.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul F. Walter
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today’s holiday: Dyngus Day ( Always the Monday after Easter)

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When : Always the Monday after Easter

Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day, is a fun Polish Holiday.  It is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.

Dyngus Day Tradition:

There are all sort of ways for boys to meet girls. But, this one takes the cake.  

Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys, may choose to use cologne. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.

Yes ladies, you can strike back. Ladies , you get your revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys.

Note: Dyngus Day is also called Wet Easter Monday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why!?

Origin of Dyngus Day:

When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.  

Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls and hitting them with pussy willows evolved.

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Dyngus Day, a Buffalo tradition

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quotation: If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance. Mark Twain

If man had created man, he would be ashamed of his performance.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

today’s birthday: Nadar (1820)

Nadar (1820)

Gaspard-Félix Tournachon,

otherwise known as Nadar, was a pioneering French photographer and writer. He invented the photo-essay, but his prose essays and novels brought him greater fame in his day than his photographs. Today, however, he is known for his superb portraits of the Paris intelligentsia, who frequently gathered at his studio, and his aerial images of Paris, which were the first photographs ever taken from the air. What famous literary figure did Nadar photograph on his deathbed? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Opening of the First Modern Olympic Games (1896)

Opening of the First Modern Olympic Games (1896)

In 1894, after efforts by Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin to revive the ancient Greek Olympics, the newly established International Olympic Committee appointed the Greek capital of Athens as the host city for the first modern international Olympic Games. Held between April 6 and 15, 1896, the games drew athletes from 14 countries for several athletic events, including the first modern marathon. Though women were not allowed to compete, one woman protested the day after the marathon by doing what? More… Discuss



Home-distillation of alcohol came to be called “moonshining” in English speaking countries because it was usually conducted at night to avoid arrest for the production of illegal liquor. Home-distillation is, however, a world-wide phenomenon and is not illegal everywhere. In New Zealand, for example, stills are legally sold openly on the market along with instruction manuals. What used to be a common, perhaps unreliable, folk test for determining the presence of lead in moonshine? More… Discuss

word: parochial


Definition: (adjective) Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook.
Synonyms: insular
Usage: After moving to a big city, she had little patience for what she considered to be her parents’ parochial attitudes. Discuss.

Vintage photos show Latin America’s deadliest war

Vintage photos show Latin America’s deadliest war http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32034353

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