"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, December 4, 2015

Advent, Huron Carol & Bison

My Slow Takes

1. The Richmond Spiders beat William & Mary at home and face them again for the FCS playoffs on Saturday, December 5. They ended the regular season with 8-3.
Notre Dame lost a close game to Stanford, 38-36. The Irish Lads ended their regular season at 10-2.

2. Advent started on Sunday, November 29. Dee and I have signed up for the Dynamic Catholic, “Best Advent Ever.” You can sign up here for daily emails. 

“Beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (November 29) and continuing every day through December 23, Dynamic Catholic will email you simple yet powerful messages from Matthew Kelly, America’s bestselling Catholic author, and other leading Catholic voices of our time that will help you encounter God’s incredible mercy. An ideal response to Pope Francis’ invitation to celebrate the Year of Mercy, Best Advent Ever: Rediscover Mercy can transform your life, relationships, work, and ability to genuinely embrace and experience life.”

3. On December 4, 1956, four young men gathered together, in Memphis,Tennessee, at Sun Records. It was a jam session consisting of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. They became known as the “Million Dollar Quartet.” The actual recording was not released until 1981. 

4. I read an article in the Wine Spector Magazine, May 31, 2015 issue, entitled “How a Palate Transforms.” It was written by Matt Kramer.
He writes about our changing tastes in wine and what influences them. I never really thought about that, but it does make sense.The wines I drink now are different from what I used to enjoy. Mr. Kramer feels that there are four factors that cause us to change. Wine, time, curiosity and flexibility. 
My taste for wine has not changed because of time alone. The factor of curiosity, led me to try a Cabernet Shiraz, because I wanted to know how it tasted. It was good and is now included in my wine purchases. I was then flexible enough to try other blends, like Cabernet Merlot and Merlot Malbec. My palate has changed. So, to quote Mr. Kramer’s article;

“Palate transformation follows along these lines: Wine + Time + Curiosity + Flexibility = Evolution. We need all four. Without them, well, we’re stuck. We lose a vital openness to other forms and varieties of beauty.”

5. Susan Cosier from onEarth, has written about Wild Buffalo roaming once again in the grasslands of Illinois. They are not a large herd, but it is a beginning.

“The herd of 30 bison is part of an effort by the Nature Conservancy to restore grasslands in the Prairie State, which, perhaps ironically, has lost more than 99 percent of its former grassland.”

6. “Brébeuf and the Huron Carol” From Ralphus at “Flintlock and Tomahawk.” 

St. Jean de Brébeuf is the patron saint of Canada. His feast day is October 19.

“This is a historical docu-drama video on the life of Jean de Brébeuf which I started as a personal project. Produced on an extremely low budget by Robert Sandler, Directed, shot and edited by me, (Peter Elliott), Brébeuf and the Huron Carol attempts to tell a two hour long story in forty six minutes. It was broadcasted on CBC and APTN back in 2002.The original music was composed and performed by Cathy Elliott with music rights acquired from Robbie Robertson, The Nylons and Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Toronto Consort and the Toronto Children's Chorus.”

7. Reba McEntire - “The Angels Sang.”

Go over to "This Ain't the Lyceum,” where Kelly is hosting more takes.


  1. Yes! On palate transformation.

    My tastes have changed over the years with wine, coffee, and chocolate. And I'm so very glad I enjoy a wider range of tastes in all those things, compared with my limited range of the past. They all took time, curiosity, and flexibility.

  2. Ah, chocolate and coffee. You have brought more to the table of plenty.