A Monday Lagniappe

Some days you run across something that can’t wait a week.

After listening for the 3rd time to Sunday’s selection I noticed You-Tube suggested this YO-YO-Ma video. Don’t just listen to the music, watch the video too. In a world where disunity seems to dominate it is inspiring to be reminded how we are all human. And it doesn’t hurt that Yo-YO Ma is playing Bach.

Enjoy. Jack


31 thoughts on “A Monday Lagniappe”

  1. jack, good enough for a Tuesday too. maybe a whole week.  thanks for the music et al.

  2. here’s twain on jack’s word for the day


    We picked up one excellent word–a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word–‘lagniappe.’ They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish–so they said. We discovered it at the head of a column of odds and ends in the Picayune, the first day; heard twenty people use it the second; inquired what it meant the third; adopted it and got facility in swinging it the fourth. It has a restricted meaning, but I think the people spread it out a little when they choose. It is the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a ‘baker’s dozen.’ It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. The custom originated in the Spanish quarter of the city. … If the waiter in the restaurant stumbles and spills a gill of coffee down the back of your neck, he says ‘For lagniappe, sah,’ and gets you another cup without extra charge.
    – Life on the Mississippi

  3. Ukraine and Russia resume peace talks with ‘no handshake’ | Reuters

    LVIV/ISTANBUL, March 29 (Reuters) – Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine before dawn on Tuesday as Ukrainian and Russian negotiators met in Turkey for the first face-to-face talks in nearly three weeks, with Kyiv seeking a ceasefire without compromising on territory or sovereignty.

    Ukraine-Russia peace talks start in Turkey amid warnings they may again fail | Ukraine | The Guardian

    Fresh talks between Ukraine and Russia have begun in Istanbul, with Kyiv seeking a ceasefire without compromising on its sovereignty or territorial integrity and both sides playing down hopes of an early breakthrough.
    Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, opened the talks on Tuesday – the two delegations’ first face-to-face meeting in more than a fortnight – at the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, urging both sets of negotiators to “put an end to this tragedy”.


    With Russia’s invasion appearing stalled on the ground, Erdoğan said each side had “legitimate concerns” but added: “We have now entered a period where concrete results are needed. It should be “possible to reach a solution acceptable to the international community”, he said, with further conflict “in no one’s interest”.
    Ukrainian media said the talks – with the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in attendance – started with “a cold welcome and no handshake”. Mykhailo Podolyak, a political adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymr Zelenskiy, said delegations were working on “the entire spectrum of contentious issues”.

    Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said the least he was hoping for was an end to the country’s humanitarian catastrophe, and the most was a ceasefire. “We are not trading people, land or sovereignty,” he insisted.

    “If we see that the mood has changed and they are ready for a serious, substantive conversation and balanced arrangements, then things will move forward,” Kuleba said. He said if it was a “repetition of their propaganda”, then talks would again fail.

  4. Journalist Chris Wallace, who has interviewed Vladimir Putin in person, offers his analysis on what the Russian leader sees as possible end games in Ukraine. Chris’s new show, “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?,” launches this week on the CNN+ streaming service.

  5. There’s no day that doesn’t improve with a YO-YO-Ma performance of Bach. 

    I like Joe’s message that he’s not walking his comment back and he doesn’t care what Putin thinks…it’s time for Putin to wonder what the US and NATO is thinking.

  6. That was a lovely piece and a lovely video.  More of life should be worthy of inclusion in that video. 

  7. Jack

    Thanks for the “extra” and another chance to say “Ah! Bach”.  Your contributions to our musical pleasure are always appreciated.


  8. Just hear the “Winter War” mentioned during the news.  If the result for Ukraine is the same, it would be a great solution.  As with Finland, it would leave Ukraine free to join the EU while saving some face for Russia.  At least rebuilding could begin.

    The Winter War


  9. jamie, thanks for bringing up the winter war.  here’s a compilation produced last year with old film and new memes.


  10. Knowing what we know about SFB and his prolific telephone habits I’d hav eto say it’s not believable. From Wapo.


    Internal White House records from the day of the attack on the U.S. Capitol that were turned over to the House select committee show a gap in President Donald Trump’s phone logs of seven hours and 37 minutes, including the period when the building was being violently assaulted, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News.

    The lack of an official White House notation of any calls placed to or by Trump for 457 minutes on Jan. 6, 2021 – from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. – means the committee has no record of his phone conversations as his supporters descended on the Capitol, battled overwhelmed police and forcibly entered the building, prompting lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to flee for safety.


    Trump’s final call with Pence is not listed in the call log, even though multiple people close to both men said that call occurred sometime in the late morning before Trump headed to the “Save America” rally on the Ellipse.


    And he claims he’s never heard of burner phones.  Again, not believable.

  11. Pat
    it looks like Lagniappe is a more complex word than I realized,
    I became aware of it back in the nineties when the “Ragin’ Cajun” was on all the talk shows. I knew it was from New Orleans and kinda a fun sounding word. But didn’t know its total heritage
    From Wiki.

    Lagniappe is derived from the South American Spanish phrase la yapa or ñapa (referring to a free extra item, usually a very cheap one). La is the definite article in Spanish as well as in French (la ñapa or la gniappe = the ñapa/gniappe). The term has been traced back to the Quechua word yapay (‘to increase; to add’). In Andean markets it is still customary to ask for a yapa (translates as “a little extra”) when making a purchase. The seller usually responds by throwing in a little extra.

  12. The Anonymous group hacked the FSB files and let the world know names and ID material of a lot of FSB agents.  So far today at least 43 Russians have been expelled immediately from several countries.  A little earlier today another Anonymous group destroyed the files of the Russian airplane registry.  Those identify aircraft and in normal times are used to verify flight worthiness, among other things.  I expect the planes to fly without important data.

  13. Craig
    Cannon fodder.
    Russia needs competent NCO’s not more cannon fodder.
    I laugh about Russia doing a favor for Ukraine by withdrawing troops from around Kyiv. Fact is it was with draw them or lose them.
    It is time to give Ukraine some serious offensive weapons, with Russia on the run keep after them until they start talking about real concessions.

  14. zelenskyy still working the pols.  today it was the danish parliament.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday the Russian siege of the port city of Mariupol constituted a “crime against humanity”. “What the Russian troops are doing to Mariupol is a crime against humanity, which is happening in front of the eyes of the whole planet in real time,” Zelensky told the Danish parliament in a video address. FRANCE 24’s International Affairs Editor Philip Turle tells us more.

    click here for his entire address

  15. Russian NCOs –
    That electronic warfare  unit the Kraines captured  a few days ago  points right to that .
    One does not let that kind of hardware fall into enemy hands. 
    You blow it up . It’s shows a real lack of small unit thinking. 
    130,00 green troops isn’t going to be very effective if their second louies  , and sargents  are shot to pieces , or just plain lousy .

  16. Jack, I’m with you on getting better offensive weapons to the Ukrainians. I don’t know about our goodies, or what the Ukrainians could quickly come to speed on, or what Eastern Europe has that is of Soviet lineage that the U’s have already trained on, but whatever is out there that could be gotten to them through the alliance, I say get it to them. I know they want ship sinking weapons – and I bet we have them to give.

  17. Poobah, royal appearances aside, he is Phillip’s son and she is Andrew’s mom.  My question (and I bet it’s yours too) is why Charles didn’t accompany his mom.

  18. I donated my solar oven to these guys years ago, one hell of an operation.  …..

    LUBBOCK, Texas — Breedlove Foods, with help of two non-government organizations (NGOs), sent 1 million meals from Lubbock to Ukraine on Tuesday. Russia invaded Ukraine in February, and according to The Associated Press, as of the latest reports, 4 million Ukrainians have become refugees.
    The NGOs provided the ability to distribute the food in Ukraine.


  19. For some reason I am skeptical about the Covid case count per 100k in WV.  Over the past week cases are reported at 5.7, 3.1 below the national average of 8.8 over the past week – sounds good, right?  However, our deaths over the same period are .73, .5 above the national average (>3x the national avg.) and our hospitalizations are 9.6, 4.6 above the national average of 5.0. Just doesn’t seem to add up – unless testing is so far down that case counts just look good.  Beats me.

  20. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/29/politics/desantis-vetoes-florida-congressional-map/index.html

    “…DeSantis has pressed his party’s legislative leaders to pass an aggressive reapportionment of the state’s 28 congressional districts that would eliminate two districts where Black residents are a plurality. Republicans earlier this month defied DeSantis — who is used to getting his way — and passed its own map that maintains the same number of Black districts.”

  21. So, we know the usual suspects.  Wouldn’t their phone records fill in some of the 7 missing hours?

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