A trumpet voice above Trump’s

[ by Charles Cameron — for those wishing for discourse above the political fray ] . Yesterday, Sunday, I was going to post a “Sunday surprise” about a voice that transcends that of Donald Trump — the voice of Alison Balsom, trumpeter extraordinaire. But my thread linking Balsom and Trump was a slender one — […] Read more »

Sunday surprise the second — the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

[ by Charles Cameron — wishing you all blessings on the Fourth ] . My eye was caught today by yet another disaster — which in turn reminded me of tomorrow, the Fourth of July. It’s just one example among many: Flood hits mosque in Pakistan, dozens feared dead https://t.co/hXA1vTP8Gy — Mike Walker (@New_Narrative) July […] Read more »

Of blood and song

[ by Charles Cameron — what carves memory? blood is spilled, song carries grief and anger across centuries ] , One hundred years ago, Irish blood was spilled in the Easter Uprising of 1916, as Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains call us to remember in The Foggy Dew: As down the glen one Easter morn […] Read more »

Sunday surprise: Penguins, Turkey

[ by Charles Cameron — a little quiet, serious fun here ] . Ken aka @chumulu suggested a DoubleTweet to me, and I’m delighted to post it here, Turkey, penguins and all: Translated Tweet: "If you see penguins on CNN, check Twitter for what's going on." Common feeling, seems, in Turkey. pic.twitter.com/0LvWGMBJ3K — Zeynep Tufekci […] Read more »

The Perils of Surprise

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its […] Read more »

Sunday surprise 8: introducing “Quotes from Outer Orbits”

[ by Charles Cameron -- eccentric cleanliness and uncleanness, and a righteous blast of Handel ] . I ran across two quotes the other day that made me decided to start a collection of what I’ll call “Quotes from Outer Orbits”. Here are the first two: My first pick comes from the label of one [...] Read more »