Daily Archives: April 29, 2015

Alexander Glazunov: Symphony #7 “Pastoral” in F Op 77, great compositions/performances

The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdes...

The image of Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky Das Foto von russisch Dirigent Gennadi Nikolajewitsch Roschdestwenski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexandr Glazunov – Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 77

Falla – The Three-Cornered Hat – Proms 2013 , great compositions/performances

Manuel de Falla.

Manuel de Falla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Falla – The Three-Cornered HatProms 2013

picture of the day: Happy Days Photographer Gertrude Kasebier

Happy Days

Photographer Gertrude Kasebier captures a portrait of her grandson, Charles O’Malley, surrounded by girls (holding wildflowers and a kitten) in Newport, Rhode Island in 1902.

Photo: Library of Congress

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.nmD6kn3u.dpuf

Most read stories: Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II’s life :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

By Ann Schneible

Credit: Dennis Jarvis via flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

By Ann Schneible

Rome, Italy, Apr 27, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once avid outdoors-man whose final years were marked by disability and suffering, Saint John Paul II witnessed to what it truly means to die with dignity, says a close friend who was with him until the end.

“He gave us tranquility and peace even up to the last day,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was present at the Polish pope’s death ten years ago, told CNA in an interview.

“He restored dignity to death.”

Cardinal Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, who at the time was serving as an aide to John Paul II, recalls singing the Te Deum – a hymn of praise to God – moments after the pope died, because those in the room “were convinced that he had died a holy man.”

“A man prepares for a lifetime for this important moment, this passage from one life to another for the encounter with God,” he said.

John Paul II died at 9:37 p.m. on April 2, 2005, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday – a feast he established during his pontificate – after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Throughout his pontificate, the Polish pope spoke out against what he referred to as the “culture of death” which promotes ideologies such as abortion and euthanasia, and in turn championed for the promotion of human life and dignity.

Cardinal Dziwisz recalled the Pope’s last words to him before he died. “I kissed his hands and he told me ‘Thank you’ and gave me his blessing,” he recounted.

He also remembered how John Paul II, while on his deathbed, asked those who had come to say their farewells to read the Gospel to him.

“Priests read nine chapters of the Gospel of John for the love of God, and so he prepared for his encounter,” the Polish prelate said.

Karol Jozef Wojtyla, who would later choose the name John Paul II upon his election to the papacy, was born the youngest of three children in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920.

In 1942, at the height of World War II, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Krakow, and was eventually ordained in 1946.

He took part in Vatican Council II (1962-1965), being appointed archbishop of Krakow in 1964, and contributed to drafting the Constitution Gaudium et spes.

On Oct. 16, 1978, Cardinal Wojtyla was elected pope at the age of 58.

Over the course of his 27 year pontificate – one of the longest in Church history – he traveled to 129 countries, and was instrumental in the fall of Communism in Europe in the 1980s.

“He did not create resentment, but instead knocked down the walls between people,” Cardinal Dziwisz said, observing he had close friends who were Jews, Muslims, and other religions. “Everyone was important for him because everyone was created in the image of God.”

The archbishop of Krakow also spoke of John Paul II’s strong sense of discipline throughout his life, which was always centered on prayer.

“He was a very disciplined man from the point of view of moral ethics,” he said. “Even at work, he never wasted time. He always had time for prayer.”

In fact, for John Paul II, prayer was never separated from work, Cardinal Dziwisz said. “He was immersed in God and in everything he did, he always walked with God and in prayer.”

“He always kept this intimate relationship with God, of contemplation, of contact with God, and here was his strength: peace of mind. God exists, God commands, God, we must follow him. If you follow God, you see peace, even in difficult times, which as Pope, he had many.”

John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, at a ceremony which saw an estimated two million pilgrims flock to Rome. He was canonized April 27, 2014 in Saint Peter’s Square by Pope Francis on the same feast day.

Cardinal Dziwisz touched on the impact that John Paul II being declared a saint had upon the faithful.

“I think people were convinced of his sanctity, that the supreme authority had approved the road of holiness, because we are sure that we could imitate his holiness.”

Tags: John Paul II

via Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II’s life :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

today’s holiday: Uesugi Matsuri

Koei's DAY1 of TGS 2009.Uesugi's Kenshin armou...

Koei’s DAY1 of TGS 2009.Uesugi’s Kenshin armour. aka Kenshin Uesugi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uesugi Matsuri

This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). He is remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa River, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era. More… Discuss

quotation: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

today’s birthday: Henri Poincaré (1854)


Henri Poincaré (1854)

One of the greatest mathematicians of his age, Poincaré made important contributions across the full range of mathematics, both pure and applied. He enlarged the field of mathematical physics through his work on the

English: Henri Poincaré's signature.

English: Henri Poincaré’s signature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

theory of functions, did notable work in differential equations and celestial mechanics, and also wrote extensively on the philosophy of science. He was elected to the Academy of Sciences in 1887 and the Academie Française in 1909. How many hours a day did he devote to his work? More… Discuss


this day in the yesteryear: The Elektromote Is Tested (1882) Ernst Werner von Siemens



The Elektromote Is Tested (1882)

Ernst Werner von Siemens demonstrated his Elektromote, the world’s first trolleybus, on a

Werner von Siemens Español: Werner von Siemens...

Werner von Siemens Español: Werner von Siemens Français : Werner von Siemens Magyar: Werner von Siemens Italiano: Werner von Siemens ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Werner von Siemens Português: Ernst Werner von Siemens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

591-yard (540-m) test track in a suburb of Berlin, Germany. The trolleybus was a converted four-wheel coach equipped with two electric motors. Electric power was transmitted to the coach via a flexible cable from a small, eight-wheeled “contact car” running on the power lines above. How long was the Elektromote in operation? More… Discuss




A rickshaw is a small, two-wheeled carriage that is usually drawn by one person. The first rickshaws appeared in Japan around 1868 and became a popular mode of transportation because human labor was considerably cheaper than that of horses. Rickshaws were mainly used in Asia, but nowadays they are outlawed in many places and have been replaced by cycle and auto rickshaws. What is the origin of the carriage’s name? More… Discuss

English: An auto rickshaw in Bangalore, India

English: An auto rickshaw in Bangalore, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Definition: (adjective) Bright green with or as if with vegetation.
Synonyms: verdant
Usage: The lake was virid with bright algae on the surface. Discuss.

From the Hill: San Gabriel valley and Mountains


Posted from WordPress for Android

From France 24 :

In pictures: ‘French spiderman’ scales Paris skyscraper


Posted from WordPress for Android

S. Korea: N. Korean leader executes about 15

S. Korea: N. Korean leader executes about 15

Posted from WordPress for Android

Life sentences for torching Egypt church

Life sentences for torching Egypt church

Posted from WordPress for Android

From NPR News

Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A ‘Pure Scandal’ http://n.pr/1DKJuoM

Posted from WordPress for Android

Antibiotics ‘not being protected’

Antibiotics ‘not being protected’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32515967

Posted from WordPress for Android

Ruling on French gay blood donor ban

Ruling on French gay blood donor ban http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32520814

Posted from WordPress for Android

Turkish court acquits protest leaders

Turkish court acquits protest leaders http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32518438

Posted from WordPress for Android

France outcry over school skirt ban

France outcry over school skirt ban http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32510606

Posted from WordPress for Android

French boss forced out over taxi bill

French boss forced out over taxi bill http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32510604

Posted from WordPress for Android

Youths attack Greece’s Varoufakis

Youths attack Greece’s Varoufakis http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32510068

Posted from WordPress for Android

Hungary wants EU death penalty debate

Hungary wants EU death penalty debate http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32523384

Posted from WordPress for Android

Rubella eradicated from Americas

Rubella eradicated from Americas http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32523300

Posted from WordPress for Android

Charlie artist ends Muhammad cartoons

Charlie artist ends Muhammad cartoons http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32520563

Posted from WordPress for Android

Planes grounded by iPad app error

Planes grounded by iPad app error http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32513066

Posted from WordPress for Android

Japan PM offers war repentance to US

Japan PM offers war repentance to US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/32522234

Posted from WordPress for Android

Libya: The world’s ‘smuggler state’

Libya: The world’s ‘smuggler state’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32509304

Posted from WordPress for Android