Tag Archives: Books

Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound (Monterey 1967)

Today’s Birthday: ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815) an English novelist

Anthony Trollope (1815)

One of the great English novelists, Trollope spent seven unhappy years in London as a postal clerk before transferring to Ireland in 1841. Soon after, while still working for the postal service, he began writing. Working mainly before breakfast and at a fixed rate of 1,000 words an hour, he produced 47 novels, including the six interconnected Barsetshire novels and the highly regarded, satirical The Way We Live Now. What did he describe as “the most wretched fortnight of my manhood”? More… Discuss


Quotation: Charles Dickens On trust

“Always suspect everybody.” That’s the maxim to go through life with!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss


Norway Planning Ship Tunnel Project

Norway already boasts the world’s longest road tunnel, and it soon may have the world’s first proper ship tunnel. The Norwegian government is backing a $300-million (1.7-billion-kroner) plan to construct a tunnel linking theNorwegian Sea to the North Sea beneath the mountainous Stad peninsula. Upon completion, the tunnel will be able to accommodate 16,000 tonneships. The plan was first proposed in the 19th century, but financial considerations shelved it until now. More… Discuss


Quotation: Ambrose Bierce on appeals and a better luck next throw of dice !

Appeal, v.t.: In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss


Fertilizer Plant Fire and Explosion

A fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, caused an explosion so powerful it collapsed a number of nearby buildings, including a nursing home, an apartment complex, and many homes. It was so forceful, in fact, that it registered a magnitude 2.1 seismic tremor and was felt 80 mi (129 km) away in Dallas. The evacuation of nearby residents had already begun prior to the blast, but many were still in the area when the plant exploded and became trapped inside damaged buildings, some of which also ignited. Tragically, as many as 15 people are believed to have perished and more than 160 others suffered injuries. More… Discuss

John Bradshaw: Dick Wagner & Leo Najar – “Remember the Child” starts @ 3:07- 1995

Uploaded on May 23, 2011

Presented as an honor and tribute to the late Maestro Leo Najar. This video was produced with Wagner Music Group by Larry Hammond & Gil RIchard in 1995.
Audio mixed by Dick Wagner at the former Grand Funk Railroad‘s Fenton Studios with Al Hirschman and Larry Hammond. Re-mastered for YouTube by Larry Hammond.

Also assisting in the video recording of the concert was the late Jim Bruzzese. As a recording engineer, Jim Bruzzese, also engineered some of Bob Seger’s best work, including, Seven, Smokin’ O.P.s, Live Bullet, Greatest Hits, and Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.

The “Remember the Child” project culminated in an outdoor concert
at Saginaw Valley State University‘s Wickes Memorial 
Stadium on August 23,1995. For months, Dick Wagner collaborated
with Leo Najar and the Saginaw Symphony to present orchestrated 
renditions of Wagner’s illustrious catalog of music. The successful 
event generated over $16,000 that was distributed to agencies that
address issues of child abuse and neglect.

“Wagner’s performance that night was triumphant and when he
collaborated with Leo Najar and the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra
the music was simply breathtaking. And once and for all and in a
most optimal concert setting, fans were able to experience the depth
and complexity of Wagner’s original compositions. The music was
simply stunning and, in retrospect, the “Remember The Child Concert” may have been his shining moment, in a long career characterized 
by notable successes and a precipitous fall from grace that was
ultimately redeemed by Wagner’s courageous recovery – and his
partially successful comeback”…….Bo White, White’s Bar, Saginaw, 

“Some things are better left…Remembered:
It is the only way to break the chain of abuse, the bullying culture we live in, in the world, not by depersonalizing existing issues!”


Quotation: George Eliot on coexistence and cooperation

We are children of a large family, and must learn, as such children do, not to expect that our hurts will be made much of—to be content with little nurture and caressing, and help each other the more.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Quotation: Charles Dickens on talkers and doers

There are talkers enough among us; I’ll be one of the doers.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Quotation: George Eliot on love

People who love downy peaches are apt not to think of the stone, and sometimes jar their teeth terribly against it.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: EDWARD DE VERE, 17TH EARL OF OXFORD (1550) gifted linguist (some think of him as Shakespeare)

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550)

A brilliantly gifted linguist and one of the most dashing figures of his time, Oxford was also reckless, hot-tempered, and disastrously spendthrift. He was the patron of an acting company and wrote highly praised poems and plays in his earlier years, though none of the plays are known to have survived. He is considered by some to be the true author of Shakespeare’s plays, since his own literary output apparently ceased just before Shakespeare’s began. Which of his writings have survived? More… Discuss


Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray on Relation to Abuse

If a man’s character is to be abused … there’s nobody like a relation to do the business.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

THis Day in the Yesteryear: PETRARCH FALLS IN LOVE (1327)

Petrarch Falls in Love (1327)

Petrarch claimed to have first laid eyes on his beloved Laura, who was to inspire his great vernacular love lyrics, at the church of Sainte-Claire d’Avignon on Good Friday 1327. Over the next 20 years, the Italian humanist poet wrote hundreds of sonnets and odes about the lovely Laura, with whom he may never have conversed even once. Petrarch revealed little about the object of his chaste love, and her true identity has been the source of much debate. Who or what are some potential candidates? More… Discuss

  • Petrarch (firstsweetpang.wordpress.com)
  • Sonnets (surftheboards.wordpress.com)

Today’s Birthday: George Eliot (1819-1880) on beginnings and endings

Every limit is a beginning as well as an ending.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Quotation: Charles Dickens

It was on one of those mornings, common in early spring, when the year, fickle and changeable in its youth like all other created things, is undecided whether to step backward into winter or forward into summer.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Richard Wright (1908)

Richard Wright (1908)

Wright was an American author whose works helped redefine discussions of race in the mid-20th century. The grandson of slaves, he grew up in poverty in the American south. The fictionalized autobiography Black Boy (1945) vividly describes his often harsh childhood and youth. He first came to wide attention with a collection of short stories titled Uncle Tom’s Children (1938) and published his bestselling novel Native Son two years later. Why was he blacklisted in Hollywood? More… Discuss