Archive for September, 2014

Table Manners!

September 30, 2014

Here is the next installment of the Goops!

Table Manners I
The Goops they lick their fingers,
And the Goops they lick their knives;
They spill their broth on the tablecloth —
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop — are you?

Table Manners II
The Goops are gluttonous and rude,
The gug and gumble with their food;
They throw their crumbs upon the floor,
And at dessert they tease for more;
They will not eat their soup and bread
But like to gobble sweets, instead,
And this is why I oft decline,
When I am asked to stay and dine!

Source: Goops and How to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Polite Infants Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues Both by Precept and Example by Gelett Burgess.


The Other Michelangelo!

September 29, 2014

CaravaggioHappy Birthday Michelangelo!  I’m not talking about THE Michelangelo (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, the famous sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer), but rather Michelangelo Merisi (or Amerighi) da Caravaggio (born in 1571 and dying in 1610), “the father of modern painting.”  Caravaggio stuck stictly to painting and was credited with having a formative influence on Baroque painting.  His style: radical naturalism (realistic observation) and the dramatic use of lighting (and shadow) in his paintings.  Unlike most painters, Caravaggio was famous while he lived (despite dying before he reached the age of 40).  Following his death, Caravaggio was forgotten immediately and it wasn’t until the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered.

Here’s a link to Caravaggio’s biography.

Here’s a link to Caravaggio’s complete works.


College Football 2014, Week Five!

September 28, 2014

127The Michigan State Spartans won easily over the University of Wyoming Cowboys this week.    The Big Ten again has four teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State (#9), Wisconsin (#19) Nebraska (#21), and Ohio State (#22).  Next up for the Spartans, their Big Ten Conference opener against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
South Carolina (#13) losing to unranked Missouri by only one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Texas A&M (#6) defeating unranked Arkansas by only seven (7) points in overtime.
Georgia (#12) defeating unranked Tennessee by only three (3) points.
Stanford (#16) defeating unranked Washington by only seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
UCLA (#11) defeating Arizona State (#15)

Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Eight!

September 27, 2014

Did you know that Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will ran a famous hospital and health spa in Battle Creek, Michigan, where they experimented with creating healthy foods from grains?  Eventually they tried baking flattened flakes of corn and ended up inventing the very first cold cereal which was made available to the public in 1906.  The Kellogg Company was born!

What is your favorite breakfast cereal?  I used to really enjoy Captain Crunch as a child, but now I lean toward either Cheerios or Raisin Bran.


September 26, 2014

No, not the kind that explode in the air and provide breathtaking oohs and aahs, but rather, an origami version.  This one is pretty amazing.  Enjoy, and happy folding!

This Cello Suite is “Sweet!”

September 25, 2014

I never tire of “the Piano Guys.”  This rendition of the Cello Song is based on one of the most recognizable classical pieces ever written, J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude.


September 24, 2014

This is the title of the book by Dr. Mardy Grothe.  In it she defines oxymoronica as “quotations that contain incompatible or incongruous elements.”  And while many examples can appear illogical or contradictory at first, they can often make a lot of sense and can sometimes even be true.  Some of my favorites include the following . . . humor me, please!

Less is more.  (Robert Browning)
The more things change, the more they remain the same.  (Alphonse Karr)
A nation is only at peace when it’s at war.  (Hugh Kingsmill)
I was never less alone than when by myself.  (Edward Gibbon)

This little book is full of examples and is comprised of fourteen chapters.  I can see additional postings in my future from time to time.

Chapter One: Oxymoronic Wit & Humor
Chapter Two: The Human Condition
Chapter Three: Sex, Love, & Romance
Chapter Four: Marriage, Home, & Family Life
Chapter Five: Ancient Oxymoronica
Chapter Six: Political Oxymoronica
Chapter Seven: Oxymoronica on Stage & Screen
Chapter Eight: Artistic Oxymoronica
Chapter Nine: Oxmoronic Insults (and a Few Compliments)
Chapter Ten: Oxymoronic Advice
Chapter Eleven: Descriptive Oxymoronica
Chapter Twelve: The Literary Life
Chapter Thirteen: Oxymoronic Insights from World Literature
Chapter Fourteen: Inadvertent Oxymoronica


Libraries are Amazing!

September 23, 2014

I’ll admit to having a little bit of a bias in this regard, but here is a wonderful infographic (Checking Out America’s Libraries — courtesy of H&R Block) that highlights all of the wonderful benefits of America’s libraries.  And I find it very reassuring to discover that the U.S. has more libraries than McDonald’s restaurants.  Enjoy!


A Week to Celebrate!

September 22, 2014

Happy Monday!  And, since I know of several family members and friends who will be celebrating birthdays this week (and this month), here’s hoping you enjoy(ed) your special day.   This video made me smile and I hope that it does for the rest of you as well.  Happy Birthday one and all!

College Football 2014, Week Four!

September 21, 2014

127The Michigan State Spartans (#11) rebounded from their loss to Oregon a couple of weeks ago with an easy win against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University this week.    The Big Ten Conference currently has four teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State (#11), Wisconsin (#19), Ohio State (#23) and Nebraska (#24).  Next up for the Spartans, the Cowboys of Wyoming for their last pre-Big Ten Conference matchup.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#8) losing to unranked Mississippi State by only five (5) points.
Missouri (#18) losing to unranked Indiana by only four (4) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Florida State (#1) defeating Clemson (#22) by only six (6) points in overtime.
Oregon (#2) defeating unranked Washington State by only seven (7) points.
Auburn (#5) defeating Kansas State (#20) by only six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Auburn (#5) defeating Kansas State (#20).