Archive for November, 2011

Strange November

Finally, on the last day of the month, we have a typical November day: overcast, cold, and a landscape that is grey and brown, melancholy if not depressing.

For it has been a strange November, more like September, rainy and windy but warm. How warm? I have seen forsythia and iris blooming, that’s how warm.

November is usually more like today, at least in the Midwest. And it must be like that -albeit with a more dramatic landscape- on the Isle of Skye, home of my paternal ancestors, and the place where Vashti Bunyan captured the feeling with this lovely tune, from the late 60s:

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Keeping America Safe

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s called The Forgotten Triangle, a sparsely populated no-man’s-land on the edge of Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood where the few remaining residents joke that the population doubles at night, when outsiders come to dump garbage, debris and tires.

It is in this most unlikely of places, on roughly an acre of land that itself had become an illegal dump, that three childhood friends came to form a business that is, as co-founder Keymah Durden says, more a “mission to transform the city of Cleveland.”

They started a farm.

Their goal: to produce healthy, tasty vegetables, farm-raised tilapia fish and jobs for inner-city residents the economy has passed by.

More, from The Cleveland Plain Dealer: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/11/three_childhood_friends_start.html

You can also view a video here: urban farm

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Red Owen is selling a lot of good books, including first editions of many distributist classics. Now that he is a commie, he doesn’t want them, but I’m sure someone  out there does:

“Starting tomorrow, hopefully, I’m about to sell another batch of books.  Need cash to buy an alternator for the car and some decent whiskey and whisky for my dad and I to drink come Christmas.  So what’s up next is a bunch of ChesterBelloc (including some first editions — for instance, a first edition All Things Considered and a first edition A Chesterton Calendar, as well as a first edition of Belloc’s The Jews) and Distributist titles (including some rare things), with some Gilson, Gertrude Himmelfarb, books by and about Voegelin, a couple of first edition Robert Penn Warrens, books by and about Michael Polanyi, and a few other things.”

To snatch them up visit his blog: http://postochlophobist.blogspot.com/

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Jorma Kaukonen: Genesis

Jorma Kaukonen was the lead guitarist for Jefferson Airplane, and I found myself listening to his solo album Quah on Thanksgiving. Here is a live version of one of my favorite songs, from around 1990:

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A young woman in New York who has been covering the Occupy Wall Street protests wonders:

“The point is not that the cops are all bad guys while the occupiers are good, or even that Occupation is itself the answer. Rather, the question that Anne’s experience raises is this: how did it get to the point that many people’s only experience of close-knit community is a protest encampment? Why does this seem to be one of the only places where the more privileged … and the less privileged (those who have no Brooklyn apartment to go to, following the raid) actually come into contact with each other, live close by each other, have to deal with each other?”

More, from The Distributist Review: http://distributistreview.com/mag/2011/11/the-zuccotti-purge/

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“That’s ridiculous,” said Representative Nancy Pelosi (D, CA). “Pizza toppings don’t come in spray cans. You might as well call Cheez Whiz a pizza topping.”

“It’s not?” asked Boehner with a tear in his eye.

From Is Outrage!:  http://isoutrage.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/house-of-representatives-declares-pepper-spray-a-pizza-topping/

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For the last two years the date for Easter fell on the same Sunday for Western Christians and the Orthodox. This year we are back to normal, with widely separated celebrations. If the question of dating Easter is as confusing for you as it has been for me, this little article explains it all, simply:


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The Nativity Fast began on November 15th for Byzantine Catholics, but Advent only begins for Latin Catholics this Sunday. Here is the classic Advent hymn:

Icon by Daniel Nichols

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