"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, May 12, 2017

Brendan, Tom & The Mummy



1. Dee and I completed work on a new section of the garden area. St. Francis has a new home.



2. One of my favorite movies was "The Mummy," followed by "The Mummy Returns." I enjoyed both and have watched them many times. Brendan Fraser did an excellent job of portraying the hero. Rachel Weisz, rounded out the action couple. And, don't forget the "comic relief " John Hannah. 

Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah

3. Apparently it's time for a new version of  "The Mummy." A different "twist" and a new hero,Tom Cruise. He faces a different "Mummy," but one that appears to be just as interesting. I'm looking forward to the release in June.


4. Jamestown was founded on May 13, 1607. While researching names for my historical miniatures I found this interesting information from by Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG.

“The Jamestown, Virginia colony which was established in 1607 shows many of the same popular English names: William, John, Thomas Richard, plus David, Daniel, Abraham, Jonas, Nathaniel and Samuel. The latter six show the signs of the Puritan influence it is claimed by George R. Stewart, author of American Given Names (New York, Oxford University Press, 1979). Stewart also notes that among this group, Edward Maria Wingfield, possesses one of the first middle name recorded in America. His middle name was that of the Virgin, which was commonly so used on the Continent for a man, but not in England. "One guesses that his parents may have been bold eccentrics, under Catholic influence," Stewart says. This Wingfield was a leader of the Jamestown colony and went down in history as one of the first Englishmen in the New World to keep chickens.”

5. This Sunday is Mother’s day, to all Mom’s …..


6. “Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!”     

From the movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The character was Gold Hat, portrayed by Alfonso Bedoya.
7. Louis Prima sings “Angelina,” from the movie “Casino.”




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Friday, May 5, 2017

Celtic Festival, Kim & May



1. My brother and I attended the Celtic Festival and Highland Games last Saturday. We sampled a couple of “local Stouts” which were excellent. There was a nice size crowd and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The Greater Richmond Pipes and Drum were there. The band has grown and changed since my time, and continues to play well.

Tuning up the band
Preparing for the competition 

2. Kelly wrote about teaching the "Middle Ages" to Catholic children. I always enjoyed studying the period as it was the time of one of my favorite heroes, Roland. I wrote about him back in June of 2011. This was my post.

"The "Song of Roland" is a 12th century French poem about the legendary hero Roland. He was a knight of Charlemagne's court and also his nephew. My middle name is Roland, named after one of my uncles. I love stories of knights and deeds of valor. So this poem became one I read when I was younger. This week the memory of the poem came back to me. 

The climax of the poem is a classic battle fought between the French Christians and the Saracens from the city Saragossa in Spain. An ambush, for the French rear guard, was set at the pass of Roncevaux. Commanding the rear guard was Roland. He was joined by his best friend Oliver and a warrior clergyman named Archbishop Turpin. The Saracens, numbering four hundred thousand, charge into the small French force of twenty thousand. Many heroic knights, both French and Saracens, are killed in valiant chivalrous combat. In the end the French are defeated but Roland manages to blow "three long mighty blasts on his oilphat," which Charlemagne and the main French army hear. Roland then turns and facing his enemy dies a heroic death. Saint Gabriel and Saint Michael arrive to escort him to heaven. Charlemagne returns and defeats the Saracens.

An "oilphant" is a wind instrument made from the tusk of an elephant."


3. This was a week of yard-work, cleaning up the residual stump grindings, putting down top soil and attempting to repair one of the sprinkler lines. Two out of three went well.

4. My sister Kim had a foot operation, which will keep her off her feet for a couple of months. She is doing well and her husband Frank sent a couple of photos.

Kim's wheels
A new cast

5. “The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.” 

6. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

7. Mariachi Los Camperos- Popurri



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