Tafelmusik: “House of Dreams”(2013)

A feast for ears and eyes. The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is one of most interesting classical music groups of all time. They are a Canadian ensemble which plays on authentic antique instruments to produce their intense unique sound. This DVD/CD package features baroque music by Bach, Handel, Marais, Telemann, and Vivaldi along with paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau.

The 1 1/2 hr. DVD program moves seamlessly between the group playing dynamically on a simple set and scenes from meeting places of the aforementioned composers and painters’ works with a likable male narrator/chorus figure to hold the process together. The execution of the overall concept works really well and is both entertaining and spiritually moving. Jeanne Lamon’s overall musical direction is aesthetically-geared for maximum emotional effects on the viewer.

Highly recommended for Tafelmusik fans. An engaging performance and film, in particular.

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Trump’s Rose Garden Address Today

A speech by a dumb, crazy, power-hungry person coming off the rails. It immediately reminded me of Captain Queeg’s testimony in The Caine Mutiny when the speaker in court becomes unhinged and starts rolling steel balls in his hand as he reveals all his fears, egotism, and paranoia.

Very telling, too, his overt, repeated congratulations to the new Attorney-General whom he portrayed as someone close he can count on (given the Russian investigation will end up in the A-G’s hands: obvious public show of agenda, and overtipping of the hat bigtime).

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5 New Compassionate Rooms at the Miz

Misericordia Hospital, that is. People dying can have family and friends in a room which has a fridge and even the capacity to order in personalized meals. They need not be alone or separated from those closest to them.

I can still recall back in 1998, my mother and I leaving a hospital in Winnipeg to go for lunch as my Dad was dying and we came back to find he was gone. So I can really appreciate the convenience of what the former hospital is doing for patients on their way out.

My mother and I, as well as the hospital were sorry that we were not there when he suddenly died in an emergency situation. It is usually preferable–one would think–for people to die with support and not alone or just with people they may not know or recognize.

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Writing Advice Quotes

“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or another book: give it, give it all, give it now.”
–Annie Dillard

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Be still when you have nothing to say: when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.’
–D.H. Lawrence

“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it–wholeheartedly–and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.”
–Arthur Quiller-Couch

“A sentence should read as if its author, had he a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“Only write when your pillow is on fire.”
–Elie Wiesel

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Another New Eye Today

And something resembling a new lease on life.
I enjoy both the widescreen sans glasses and the vivid colors and details. Surroundings, even immediate ones, just got more interesting and worth looking at again.
Picked up reading glasses at London Drugs to cover closer reading, including computer and laptop. TV watching or car driving don’t require such.

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Cold/bad day for a

totally unnecessary fire, he thought, as the fire rescue zoomed by him in this frosted-over van.

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Cataract surgery #2 tomorrow.

I’m still waiting to sing “I can see clearly now…”

There will be even more widescreen, detail, and color after tomorrow.How will this affect the poet and nature-lover that is still me?

(ps/No problems so far keeping busy with the cold snap: finished year-end taxes and having my new book printed. 2019 continues to unfold as planned…)

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The Two Best Things about February:

The Westminster Dog Show on the tube and Family Day weekend in AB.

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True Innovation and Creativity:

The guy minus a forearm who built his own working forearm out of Lego from 18 on. Now that’s creative technological innovation.

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Obit: Joe Schlesinger, 90

The top CBC TV foreign reporter of all time who survived the Holocaust, got educated at UBC, and worked for CBC up till recently. Went to all the trouble spots of the past last half-century. Amazing guy, amazing life.

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