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Monday, July 31, 2017

Boy Scouts of America ~

It was reported that the chief executive of the Boy Scouts had apologized for the President's speech held at a national gathering of Boy Scouts because of his rousing political statements. The White House spokeswoman deftly sidestepped saying: "I saw nothing but roughly 40,000 to 45,000 Boy Scouts cheering the president on throughout his remarks and I think they were pretty excited that he was there."  

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Protectors ~

Two stately San Bernardino dogs out in front of a lady with their unneeded leashes would turn every thirty paces to see if she were coming along.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Thomas Merton Prayer ~

I just finished a translation of Merton's famous prayer into German.
http://cingolani.com/MertonPrayer.html
The accompanying music is spectacular.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Newfound Energy ~

Five new windmills on a hill in the distance rotating day and night, counterclockwise. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Yevgeny Yevtushenko ~


† April 1, 2017

BABI YAR
No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A steep cliff only, like the rudest headstone.
I am afraid.
Today, I am as old
As the entire Jewish race itself. . .

Friday, March 31, 2017

At 7:45 in the Morning ~

The highway is buzzing with cars heading off at high speed to make it to the place of work with all those people who are helping to hold this world together.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Seeing in Darkness ~

To look up into the sky late at night and see the radiant stars . . . and then orient myself in the deep cosmos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Beacon Light ~

Americans, the President said: "make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things we want more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong as element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism. I cannot repeat too often that America is a nation of idealists. That is the only motive to which they ever give any strong and lasting reaction."
Calvin Coolidge 1923-29

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farewell Address ~

He made me feel proud to be an American and taught me, more than any other, what it meant.