Monday, December 22, 2014

Quote of the Day (Nancy Mitford, on an ‘Orgy of Merrieness at Yule’)

“But although each season of the year had its own merrie little rite it was at Christmas time that Lady Bobbin and her disciples in the neighbourhood really came into their own, the activities which she promoted during the rest of the year merely paving the way for an orgy of merrieness at Yule....

[E]very year at Compton Bobbin the German and Sussex customs were made to play their appointed parts. Thus the Christmas Tree, Christmas stockings and other activities of Santa Claus, and the exchange through the post of endless cards and calendars (German); the mistletoe and holly decorations, the turkeys, the boar's head, and the succession of carol singers and mummers (Sussex Roman Catholic); and the unlimited opportunity to over-eat on every sort of unwholesome food washed down with honest beer, which forms the groundwork for both schools of thought, combined to provide the ingredients of Lady Bobbin's Christmas Pudding.”— Christmas Pudding, by Nancy Mitford (1932)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photo of the Day: Giant Electric Candles, Rockefeller Center

This was another shot I took outside my building early the other night, on my way home from work, at Rockefeller Center.

Quote of the Day (Rev. M. Craig Barnes, on the ‘Better Story’ Offered by God)

“By Sunday, I am surely sick and tired of me, and I want to hear a better story. I need it every week. The biblical drama is ‘In the beginning, God.’ This is your beginning. Life begins with God as the acting agent. It ends wonderfully — with God making a holy home with mortals. Every Sabbath you come back or you get lost on the journey.”—Rev. M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Theological Seminary, quoted in Mary Lee Talbot, “Morning Worship: ‘Commandments Keep Rhythm and Balance in Life,’” The Chautauquan Daily, August 5, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Photo of the Day: Stations of the Cross, Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

This is the third in a series, following my prior posts on the exterior and altar, of Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. I visited the landmark a month ago on an afternoon visit to Savannah.

Movie Quote of the Day (‘A Christmas Story,’ With the Dreaded ‘Triple-Dog-Dare’)

Flick (played by Scott Schwartz):” Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That's dumb!”

Schwartz (played by R.D. Robb): “That's 'cause you know it'll stick!”

Flick: “You're full of it!”

Schwartz: “Oh yeah?”

Flick: “Yeah!”

Schwartz: “Well I double-DOG-dare ya!”

Ralphie as Adult: [voice of Jean Shepherd, narrating] “NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a ‘triple dare you’? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare.”

Schwartz: “I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!”

Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] “Schwartz created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!”— A Christmas Story (1983), screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, based on Shepherd’s novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, directed by Bob Clark