Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why I want to convert.

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There's always laughter and good red wine.
At least I've always found it so.
Benedicamus Domino (Let's Bless the Lord."
Hilaire Belloc.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

ALONE by Edgar Allan Poe

From my childhood's hour I have not been
As others were - I have not seen
As others saw - I could not bring
My passions from a common spring -
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow - I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone -
And all I lov'd - I lov'd alone -
Then - in my childhood - in the dawn
Of a most stormy life - was drawn
From evr'y depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still -
From the torrent, or the fountain -
From the red cliff of the mountain -
From the sun that round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold -
From the lighting of the sky
And it pass'd me flying by -
From the thunder,and the storm -
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view -

Sunday, January 01, 2012

"The Joy of Quiet"

"Nothing makes me feel better - calmer, clearer and happier-than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music.It's actually something deeper than mere happiness: it's joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as "that kind of happiness that doesn't depend on what happens."

Pico Iyer in "The Joy of Quiet"

Also practice "Internet sabbath" every week, turning off online connections for some time between Friday night and Monday morning.