The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter! (This will all look and work better if you click on the actual post and do not remain on the main page.)
It’s Fall Break from college at last! So happy to have Bridget and her friend Maire home for a bit. It gets SO QUIET around here! And leaves just sit out there! That yard is not going to rake itself, you know! More kids, STAT!
(A few thoughts on music at home in the archive section below!)
On to our links:
- I love reading about people who just… see things and figure them out. I had never heard of Jane Jacobs or her insights into architecture and cities before reading this review.
- Fr. Rutler: “The Saints Know the Music of the Heavenly Jerusalem.” Just a Rutlerian medley of musical thoughts… but it made me want to say that all the conversations about sacred music, even the ones about good sacred music (chant and polyphony as called for by Church documents), ends up being about how we feel — how the music makes us feel. But what about what is fitting for worship?
- That old-time Rock and Roll might have given rise to today’s Rock, but it was qualitatively different and there’s a lot to enjoy in Rhythm & Blues, don’t you think? RIP Fats Domino.
- Will you forgive me for posting yet another article about Richard Wilbur, whose passing on October 14 gave rise to reflections and appreciations? As James Matthew Wilson says, Wilbur’s “work immediately rewards the ear while also gratifying patient study.” (Warning: graphic and horrifying descriptions of what he saw in World War II.)
- A long but good read from Samuel Gregg, now that for some inexplicable but nefarious reason the hive mind is trying to rehabilitate communism,: When Evil Triumphed.
- Also a long read, from Mary Eberstadt, on The Primal Scream of Identity Politics, all of which to say what I try to say here: there is no substitute for the family. It’s something small and weak, but without devotion to the family, the forces of darkness overcome civilization. A priest friend says: “I found the connection she makes between the vagueness in knowing who counted as one’s relatives and outrage over “cultural appropriation” to be persuasive. Moreover, though it wasn’t her intent, it helps me better understand some of the Old Testament delight in genealogy: it provides so to speak the GPS coordinates that give the individual confidence to say “who I am” in virtue of knowing “where I am” in amongst the welter of humanity. What she says about “your mother’s boyfriend several boyfriends ago whom she hasn’t seen in years” being hard to view as your uncle brings it home pretty well.” Sounds like an argument for… good old traditional marriage…
From the archives:
- Last week I said that I have trouble sometimes getting myself outside, and Monica wondered how I trick myself to do it. I wrote about it a bit in this post about gardening, just in case anyone is as motivation-challenged as I.
- A start on music in your family: I have some thoughts here: Folk songs and hymns… now that I’ve made all the mistakes and learned things almost too late, let me say: Sing! In harmony! Join a traditional choir or make your own. Get to know your local fiddlers; go ahead and start the children on violin, ukulele, tin whistle, or whatever they seem interested in. As they get bigger, piano, guitar, banjo (banjo is really clutch for an awesome folk sound). Most people aren’t going to be fabulous classical musicians, although it doesn’t hurt to try, of course; the main thing is to learn to make music together.
Today is the feast of two apostles, Simon and Jude! We are always for having an extra scoop of ice cream, but did you know that there are suggestions for special recipes on the pages we send you to for feast days? And activities too — not that you have to do anything, but sometimes it’s nice to know what the customs are or have been, seeing as we are so lacking in that department…
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