Les Barricades Mysterieuses

December 18, 2013

I discovered this lovely piece by Francois Couperin via Andrew Sullivan’s blog and find it mesmerizing. The title is cryptic. It’s a harpsichord piece, but it sounds ravishing in this piano rendition by the great Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Cziffra. You can find it on YouTube but from this link it plays without any advertising. http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/12/12/toward-a-simpler-score/ […]

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December 11, 2013

Good Wednesday. Dark here and about zero. Oh, what’s the use? We watched a very silly movie last weekend, “Ice Palace” (1960), supposedly about life in Alaska. If you haven’t seen this film, it’s so bad it’s camp and filled with laughs. Richard Burton with his native Welsh accented English plays a fish processing plant […]

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December 3, 2013

Happy Tues. The temp has moved up to about zero after several days of below-Z bottoming out at around -26. My nephew Ian and his wife arrived Thursday at 5:15 after five days on the Alaska Highway starting at Dawson Creek, BC. They have been gallivanting around town in sub-zero temps like hardened sourdoughs. Ian […]

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November 25, 2013

Happy Mon. The day started out early at +12 and has since dropped to -2. Kind of blah looking. Not too much to retort. My nephew and his wife have made their way from Antarctica through Latin American to the US of A to the Great Lakes and then across Canada and spent the night […]

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November 20, 2013

Happy Wed. Cold here at -33 after -14 yesterday. There are still about 400 houses without power, so this is bad news for them. We went to see Gravity on the weekend. It confirmed my distrust of space travel. The effects are very convincing and the story is totally absorbing. With Sandra Bullock and George […]

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November 15, 2013

A most joyous Friday to you. Things locally are sort of bad for a lot of people. Schools closed for Friday; thousands in Fairbanks region still without power due to winter storm We, on the other hand, got our power back after only about four hours. The neighborhood we moved from in the spring still […]

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November 8, 2013

Friday good. Cool again here at -10 but should get above zeeroo by early afternoon. Nice light. Not too much to report here. We watched a somewhat interesting documentary on the effects of Canada’s aggressive program in the 1960’s and 70’s to take Indian children from their dysfunctional parents and adopt them out to white […]

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November 5, 2013

Happy Tues. Blahish here, +16. Today is Guy Fawkes day in England. Fawkes was the Timothy McVeigh of his time. He was about to blow up Parliament when King James was visiting, but he was detected and dealt with appropriately—he was hanged, drawn, and quartered. Not a very nice way to go. The Gunpowder Plot […]

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November 4, 2013

Happy Moonday. If you say moon enough times is sounds like mon. Our word since was once sithens. Same principle. +12 here. No new snow. We attended a UAF Theater Dept. play Friday evening adapted from Barbara Ehrenreich’s book Nickel and Dimed about low-paid work in America. For her book Ehrenreich worked for several months […]

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November 1, 2013

Happy Friday. The ghosts and goblins have departed. One small person who appeared as a pretty large spider informed Pam he started out with a tail but “the safety pin got tired.” Not sure why he had a tail to begin with, but it was an interesting idea. The last callers, two normally dressed teen […]

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