Sunday Serendipity

Falling snow, when it is coming down in big fat flakes is magical, so yesterday I went in search of music that would express the magic that was going on in my back yard. In my search I found “The Snow is Dancing” the 4th movement of Children’s Corner by Claude Debussy. It was magical too but short just 2 minutes. As the whole suite is just 15 minutes long it is a perfect Sunday morning piece.

enjoy Jack

From Wiki

Debussy composed Children’s Corner between 1906 and 1908. He dedicated the suite to his daughter, Claude-Emma (known as “Chou-Chou”),[1] who was born on 30 October 1905 in Paris. She is described as a lively and friendly child who was adored by her father. She was three years old when he dedicated the suite to her in 1908.[2] The dedication reads: “A ma chère petite Chouchou, avec les tendres excuses de son Père pour ce qui va suivre. C. D.” (To my dear little Chouchou, with tender apologies from her father for what follows).

For more information on the pianist Nelson Freire, here


38 thoughts on “Sunday Serendipity”

  1. Nice ivory tickling for a Sunday morning. Thanks Jack. 
    Jamie noted Neil Peart’s passing yesterday. He was an amazing drummer whether you were a Rush fan or not. 

  2. Continuing with the Harry and Meghan them yesterday, a Waco article from a black novelist who writes about British royalty.  A quote for Poobah. 

    While no one has to care about any of the royals — the British monarchy is a musty and parasitic institution, after all — the vehemence of attacks against Meghan is rooted in the fact that her mother is black, she is biracial, and a whole lot of people are racist. (If seeing the word “racist” makes you upset, you’re racist, too; sorry, I don’t make the rules.)

    Any argument Poobah?

  3. On the racism, Pogo, I’ll take the writer’s word for it, I’m not there. But do think it’s an insult to Harry to say Meghan is manipulating him into this. 

  4. Debussy one of my faves when I tried to learn to play piano, unfortunately didn’t take, no musical talent at all.

    In Orlando with Dad, who just did a couple days in hospital with pneumonia, recovering well. 

    Getting up to 85 degrees today, almost too hot. 

  5. craig, you might inquire about number of pneumonia incidents at his new residence, any significant increase among residents/staff and how diligent they are about cleaning air ducts/changing filters/maintaining cpaps etc.


  6. the hill:


    The speaker noted on ABC’s “This Week” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “very unusually” signed on Thursday to co-sponsor a resolution to dismiss the impeachment case before the House sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
    “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pushed back against Pelosi, saying that McConnell has agreed to hold the opening statements from each side before taking action.
    “I’m telling you that he signed on Thursday to a resolution to dismiss the case,” she said. “Dismissing is a cover up.”
    “If they want to go that route again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not – they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial,” she added. 
    But Pelosi has yet to send the articles to the upper chamber, saying she wants to see the rules of the upcoming Senate trial. She said she plans to consult her members on Tuesday, who will vote on when to pass the articles to the Senate.

  7. Beautiful music! (I just muted Tedious Cruz on Local Politics.).   Yes, rr, more snow in D than I’ve seen in a few years.   It stuck to the grass and bushes for a little while, and by afternoon, it was as if it never happened.  Markle has always been a fame-seeking, social climber who likes to play the victim when it suits her. (Her sister has said as much.  Her ex-husband said he felt like gum on the bottom of M’s shoe.) She was all in for the big, star-studded wedding and the beautiful tiara on loan from Queen E II.   It was a beautiful wedding, too.   Sussex is the title given to the couple by HRH  when they wed.  Now it is part of a money-making trademark, along with the word ROYAL, lest we ever forget they are royalty.     Pick Flick.

  8. Jack…   wonderful!
    Oh how I love that former Patriot, Mike Vrabel took the insufferable John Harbaugh down.  Go Titans!

  9. Pat, they have a good record. His pneumonia risk is due to swallowing difficulty called dysphagia, allowing liquid and food particles into lungs causing non-viral “aspirational” pneumonia. With thickened water and eating precautions he made it six months since last episode, longest stretch since this came up. 

  10. Im not sure what all the fuss is about the young prince and his bride. From what I’ve read he just set different standards for his family interactions with the tabloid press. He has adopted the American celebrity methods. If you want access  you have to play nice. Also, I suspect the Royal family is a bit stifling for a person who has made their own way all their life.  So Megan may want to play roles other than silent admiring wife/princess. 
    All I can say is “you go girl”

  11. Renee
    Baltimore got out coached by the Titans. That won’t happen when they come to KC. But how does KC stop that big sob and his running.  Also I think KC’s offensive line can handle the Titans defensive line (finger crossed) 
    But first todays game. 

  12. The McLaughlin Group was on PBS this morning. minus John, of course.  I’ve missed it.  Guess it’s been on, but I just found it. Also, Nancy Pelosi wondered what the deal is with Moscow Mitch and Putin.  Yep, so have I!  Good for her!

  13. For almost 20 years I have insisted that everyone needs to read Mark Twain’s “War Prayer” from 1905 if they never have before.  Unfortunately, it is still holding up all too well.  This is just an excerpt.

    1905 | New York

    War Prayer

    Mark Twain

    “O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle—be Thou near them! With them, in spirit, we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it— for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the source of love, and Who is the ever faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore, beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

    (After a pause.) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!”

    It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.

  14. tiptoe, here’s what she said in response to geo steph as reported by Washington examiner:

    Bloomberg is reporting, this Friday, the possibility that there is an investigation now on whether or not the Russians are trying to help President Trump and hurt Joe Biden,” said Stephanopoulos, later continuing, “How worried are you about Russian interference in 2020; are we doing all we can to prevent it?”
    “No, and the president of the United States is in complete denial about Russia’s role,” replied Pelosi. “As I have said, in terms of this president, all roads lead to Putin.”
    Pelosi, 79, then pivoted to McConnell, saying he has “resisted sources” that suggest Russian meddling in American elections.
    “Sometimes I wonder about Mitch McConnell too,” remarked Pelosi. “What’s he — why is he an accomplice to all of that? He has resisted sources going in a manner commensurate with the threat for state agencies, whichever they are in a state, could be the secretary of state or whatever, to protect our infrastructure, our critical infrastructure of elections.”

  15. flatus, my thoughts are with you and your family.


    craig, glad to hear they have a good environmental record there but sorry to hear that your dad has such a frightful condition to contend with.  must be worrisome for you as well as him.

  16. our sunday sermon “God Help Us All” presented by the Lincoln Project:

    The Lincoln Project, a PAC operated by a group that includes George Conway, released an advertisement targeting evangelicals who support President Trump.
    The advertisement shows several clips of evangelical leaders praising Trump interwoven with clips of Trump cussing and otherwise behaving crudely. The video ends with the statement: “If this is the best American Christians can do? Then God help us all.”
    The Lincoln Project is a PAC managed by anti-Trump conservatives, including George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson. George Conway, who is married to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted out the video with a verse from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus warned, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”

    [continues at Washington examiner link]

  17. at wapo:

    George Conway and Neal Katyal: How Pelosi should play her impeachment cards

    Jan. 10, 2020 at 6:37 p.m. EST

    George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York and an adviser to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC. Neal Katyal, a law professor at Georgetown University, is the author of “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump” and previously served as the acting solicitor general of the United States.

    [argues for Nancy to separately send articles to senate then concludes]

    Holding the first article back and letting the second go forward would be a powerful and precise response to McConnell’s unprecedented attempts to avoid committing to a real trial. It makes practical sense but also highlights what’s at stake here. Trump would be forced to undergo two impeachment trials instead of one — but that’s a fair price for him to pay for his attempts to hide evidence from the American people.

    If, alternatively, Pelosi sent both articles up with a formal note that the House would step back in if the Senate failed to proceed appropriately, that would be a fair price for McConnell to pay. The speaker would, essentially, be guaranteeing that Trump would face another investigation because of McConnell’s insistence on a sham trial, one that fails to call willing witnesses or deal with relevant, if potentially damaging, evidence.

  18. Jack – I think that not playing for a month hurt Baltimore a lot.  It is easy to lose the feel of the game with that long of a layoff from actual game time.
    A beautiful day, global warming is winning.
    What will the republicans say when SFB is run around in a wheelchair?  It has been a while since he had an annual checkup, maybe someone decided to move the geriatric center to the East Wing?

  19. I wonder if Trumpsky’s tweet, translated into Farsi, actually reads as ridiculously as his tweets in English-ish?

  20. That KC – Balto game was fun.  I tuned in at 10 minutes left in the second at 24-0 and was convinced that Baltimore was rolling and KC was toast.  Then the KC dam broke and KC went on a 51-7 romp.  Mahomes looked like he was just out there having a ball.

    I’ve not been paying much attention to the political goings on this weekend – I was doing my annual Sherpa training and humping all the Christmas decorations back upstairs.  I will never make it as a Sherpa porter on Everest.  Three floors with stairs in East Bumfuck is about my limit for vertical hauling.

  21. Me too Corey, I got so disgusted that I quit watching when they were down 21-0 with the Texans getting ready to score another touch down. Turned off the TV and went out and shoveled snow.  I came back in at half time to find out the Chiefs lead 28 to 24.  So I missed the whole comeback.  
    Pogo, my dislike of the Packers go back to the same Bart Star days. But I wanted them to win, I want a Chiefs- Packers Super bowl so the Chiefs can kick their ass this time.

    A series of Stormy, McDougal and Carroll ads across the most vulnerable Mormon, Sudden Baptist & pentacostal states could be very damaging to trump. I’m thinking AZ, UT, TX, KS, KY, AL, GA, NC and FL. Maybe even SC, where lindsey graham is in trouble.

  23. Funny, Jack. I want a Vikings – Chiefs Super Bowl, so the Vikes can kick the Chiefs’ asses. I’m still pissed off at hank stram’s unsportsman-like showboating, strutting and preening after SB IV.

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