Daily Archives: June 13, 2015




great compositions/performances: Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575

Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575

great compsitions/performances: L. Boccherini Sinfonia in re minore op 12 n 4 “La casa del diavolo”

L. Boccherini Sinfonia in re minore op 12 n 4 “La casa del diavolo”

historic musical bits: Abbado conducts Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major ‘Classical’, Op. 25

Abbado conducts Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1 in D major ‘Classical’, Op. 25

make music part of your life series: Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Serge Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

image of the day: Flag Day

Flag Day

America’s Flag Day, celebrated on June 14, commemorates the date in 1777 when John Adams spoke the following words before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. ‘Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.’ Over the years, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. The present version was adopted on July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

This photo was taken on September 11, 2003 at the Baghdad International Airport (BIA), Baghdad, Iraq, US Air Force (USAF) as personnel from the 447th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) Command Staff raise an American flag during a memorial service dedicated to those who lost their lives September 11th, 2001.

Photo: Photographer A1C BRIAN FERGUSON, USAF, Department of Defense

Mosul archbishop’s plea to the West: Save us from ISIS :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) (ISIS is Satan)

New York City, N.Y., Jun 13, 2015 / 07:43 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians.

Marking the first anniversary of ISIS’s capture of Mosul, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche called on “people who have the responsibility” to come to the rescue of the ousted Christian communities, whose people, he added, long to go home.

In an interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the archbishop said that military action is the “best solution.”

“We ask everyone to put pressure on the people who have the responsibility to free the [towns and villages] as soon as possible so the people can come back and live in peace in their homes and continue their lives there,” he said.

The archbishop’s comments reflect ongoing frustration felt by a number of senior Middle East clergy about what they perceive as the West’s reluctance to commit to a full-scale intervention to confront and overcome extremism in the region – a move many Church leaders opposed until very recently.

Archbishop Mouche also said that if the West is unable to redouble its efforts in the fight against ISIS, it should open its doors to Christians and other minorities seeking asylum.

“I am calling on the international community: if they cannot protect us, then they must open their doors and help us start a new life elsewhere,” he said, adding, however that “we would prefer to remain in Iraq and be protected here.”

Speaking of his own hardship, the prelate said: “I am like someone who is dreaming or drunk. I can’t understand what is going on around me. It is a nightmare.”

Asked about widespread reports of destruction of religious artifacts and Churches buildings in Mosul, he said his contacts with the city had been severed. But he confirmed that “all our heritage is in Mosul, and in Qaraqosh,” on the Nineveh Plain. He singled out the monastery of St Behnam, which dates back to the fourth century AD. The monastery is rumored to have been partially destroyed by ISIS.

“We have no news about our churches and monasteries, because we have no-one left in Mosul to report on it,” the archbishop concluded.

Tags: Mosul, ISIS

via Mosul archbishop’s plea to the West: Save us from ISIS :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Saturday, June 13th, 2015: St. Anthony of Padua

Image of St. Anthony of PaduaSt. Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death. There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka

Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More… Discuss

quotation: The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late. Daniel Defoe

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:

The good die early, and the bad die late.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Discuss

today’s birthday: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811)

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811)

A prolific writer whose works fill more than a dozen volumes, Stowe was an American novelist and humanitarian. Spurred to action by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, she began writing an antislavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which became an instant and controversial best-seller. Its impact on Northerners’ attitudes toward slavery was significant, swaying much of the public to support, or at least sympathize with, the abolitionist cause. What else did Stowe write? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: TWA Flight 847 Hijacked (1985)

TWA Flight 847 Hijacked (1985)

While on its way from Athens to Rome in 1985, Trans World Airlines Flight 847 was hijacked by members of the Amal Movement terrorist group. The aircraft’s 153 passengers and crew endured a three-day intercontinental ordeal during which one passenger, a US Navy diver, was murdered. Though most of the passengers were released during this time, dozens were held hostage for more than two weeks. Flight attendant Uli Derickson is widely credited with saving the lives of many passengers by doing what? More… Discuss

Route 66

Route 66

Also known as the “The Main Street of America,” Route 66 was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois, in a south-westerly direction to Los Angeles, California, for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km). It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. More direct routes and increasingly sophisticated engineering techniques led to its being decommissioned in what year? More… Discuss

word: destitute


Definition: (adjective) Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
Synonyms: impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
Usage: Though they were poor and destitute, they refused to ask others for help or charity. Discuss.