This is gonna be random, people. Fair warning.
Michael (just 9, as you noted last week) has taken to piano with an intensity that I’ve hardly seen in any of my other four children. He maintains that he still wants to be a herpetologist when he grows up, but those snakes better enjoy music because…
Anyway, this is one more area in which the Internet is amazing. The child can say, “I would like to learn to Carol of the Bells” and mom can go online, find an Easy Piano version, pay a couple of dollars, download and print. And three days later, he’s got it down. Then the child can say, two months after seeing the movie, “There was this music in Beetlejuice that I liked, and I wonder if I could play it.” So we go to YouTube, find someone performing it, he nods – that’s it – I find an easy version, download and print, and he’s off.
Speaking of movies, we watched the original Planet of the Apes the other night. First of all…it’s a little racier than I remembered. As in, happy nude astronauts jumping in water and some sly camerawork here and there. Secondly, the ham-handed RELIGION VS. SCIENCE AND TRUE REAL KNOWLEDGE theme is fairly lame. Third, I found the first section of the film – before they’re captured – really interesting and almost breathtaking. Charlton Heston and his teeth grate on my nerves, but the landscape (filmed on location in AZ and CA) and the pace are something you just don’t see much of today, with our fancy CGI. But fourth, oh, this was funny, and shows the joys of being unspoiled.
Michael was watching. We get to the part where the astronauts come upon the feral humans in the corn field. He says, “Wait, I though this was Planet of the APES?” He’s a little confused, thinking this was going to be the extent of encounter and conflict. I say nothing. And then the apes ride in on their steeds. He sits straight up, mouth agape, and says, ‘ What the HECK?”
I’ve done a heap of cooking this week, what with my daughter home and Thanksgiving and all, and while much of it came out fine, I’m not thrilled will all of it. I’ve done the artisan bread in five minutes thing a couple of times since this post, and it’s true that it really does best after the first day. It’s a keeper. The pizza dough that I made using this recipe is really great. Again – the key is waiting at least a day. My pie crust was weird. It looked pretty,but the edge was bizarrely hard. Like someone had lined the pan with cement. Jambalaya was good. This was great. I mean, I think I could live on Latin American stews and be super happy. Cranberry-orange pound cake was good, albeit a bit dry.
Nothing like going out of your way to go to what you think will be a great exhibit expanding your children’s understanding of a subject in which they’re interested in interesting ways and it turns out to be a bunch of signs, nothing more. Not a single artifact in sight. I won’t name names, but I’m just saying. Are you going to exhibit? Then exhibit.
Bambinelli Sunday seems to be doing well – all ye Catholic booksellers out ,there, put it out next to the nativity sets! All ye pastoral ministers – have a Bambinelli Sunday of your own! Some parishes are – like here and here.
The Bookmark that Ann & I did with Doug Keck up at CMN will begin airing this week. I’ll be doing the Franciscan Media event on Thursday. If you’re in Charleston, come see me on Saturday. And next week, I’ll be on Jim and Joy Pinto’s show again.
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