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Attribution WILL be enforced.
They say that the eskimos have 50 different words to describe snow. I can understand that.
There is snow and then there is snow.
Yesterday we got some heavy, wet, clingy snow. It stuck to the trees and stayed put. I woke up to a landscape of white. With all the trees it was very pretty.
Soon with sun and wind the trees will shed some of this snow. I just wanted to capture the snow at its height.
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by Anura Guruge
>> Pope Francis Single.
Pope Francis does NOT sing on this CD (or ‘album’).
Instead it is his words, sometimes in heavily accented English and other times in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, from homilies he has delivered, set to very catchy, high-energy, electronic music by composers Dino Doni and Toni Pagliuca — and complemented with hymns and Latin chants. Got that.
Basically Pope Francis’ words set to music.
You can hear the ‘Wake Up! Wake Up!’ in English at the 2:46 minute mark, as shown below.
Pope ‘Who Am I To Judge’ Francis Makes A Judgment Against Gay French Ambassador Designee To The Vatican.
by Anura Guruge
† Pope Francis’ ‘complicit silence’ …
† Pope Francis co-writes song.
† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
† Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Keith O’Brien benighted title Ss. Gioacchino …
† Keith O’Brien resignation as cardinal
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Another classic example of this pope saying one thing and doing the opposite.
This is NOT an accident or an one-off. This is, alas, and sadly, this pope’s MO.
He likes to appease with words since words are cheap BUT stick to his still rather conservative guns when it comes to action.
I have WARNED you all of this for nearly 2.5 years. He has no intentions to make any major changes to the Church’s rigid views on family values (i.e., gays, divorce etc), contraception, clerical celibacy or female priests. He just likes to grab headlines by saying appeasing statements that he knows will get media coverage. To some extent he has become a liability.
How does this action re. French ambassador designee gel with his ‘who am I to judge’.
Like all popes he has judged. He has pontificated and he has come out WANTING.
BEAWARE. BE Very AWARE. This situation will get worse.
‘Auld Lang Syne’: The Only Proper Way That English Speaking Folks Should Herald In The New Year. Period.
..by Anura Guruge
>> Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve Scottish Style) … — Dec. 29, 2012.
In my 27 years of living in the U.S., I have always been amazed, each New Year’s Eve as to how little respect is payed in this country to ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ the time honored means in nearly all other English speaking countries of ushering in the New Year.
Don’t get me wrong. Of course, you hear it every once in awhile. But, they play it at the wrong time and most people don’t know the necessity to cross hands (as shown above).
‘Auld Lang Syne‘ should not be played at 11:30 pm, as they most likely will do at ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro tonight, as they did last year. That guts it of its meaning and significance. ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ is meant to be sung as midnight strikes. Yes, Wolfeboro, if they understood it, could play in on a PA system as their (small) ball drops. The fireworks should wait.
In my limited experience, people in New Hampshire are too reserved to really DO New Year’s Eve with gusto. I have done one New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. I think it was 1998-1999. Yes, the spirit and party there is more akin to what you get across most of Europe. I have never done Times Square. As far as I know, Times Square is supposed to be ‘dry’. Not sure whether you can really do New Year’s Eve, European style, without booze. Anyway this is my small contribution towards trying to popularize this magical, evocative New Years Eve ‘hymn’.
Enjoy. Happy New Year.