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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Humor For These Times — And Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

One of my Facebook finds:

Not the case for those accustomed to homeschooling.

For example, a few weeks in my homeschool literature class online, we read aloud from and discussed Chapters 1-2 of Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times and Robert Frost's poem "Death of the Hired Man." We also went over some writing assignments, those completed and those due in a few weeks.

In other words, class as usual!

Yes, I prefer in-person teaching.  But I am adjusting to using Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom — even though I find using these platforms for 1-2 hours quite exhausting, probably because I can't move around much. Nevertheless, I see that I will have to use these platforms well into the future, possibly until there is a vaccine for the Ripley (COVID-19).

Now, for some weekend relaxation....

Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun:

Bonus video, the goals of which are to evoke tranquility and meditation:

Piano music of Claude Debussy for relaxation, reading and studying, with impressionist paintings of Monet, Manet, Van Gogh... 

 List of compositions:
 0:00-4:50, Arabesque No_. 1
4:53-10:16, Clair de Lune
10:21-13:40, Footprints in the Snow
13:43-16:05, Maid With The Flaxen Hair
16:09-20:33, Reverie 
 20:38- 24:53 La soiree dans Grenade


  1. I for one enjoyed the music.....Thanks AOW... now everyone time for the meds... its the weekend.

  2. Gee, like Bunkerville, I'll go out on a limb here and actually comment on your post.
    The bumper sticker meme is funny, and typical of many funny others.
    The reference to "The Ripley" reminded me of a tweet I saw:
    Stephen King tweeted:
    "No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions."
    To which somebody replied:
    "C'mon! Have you even READ The Stand?".

    1. Ed,
      King doesn't want trouble, I guess.

      Check out his novel Rage:

      Charlie Decker, a Maine high school senior, is called to a meeting with his principal about a previous incident in which he struck his chemistry teacher with a pipe wrench, leading to the teacher's hospitalization and Charlie's suspension. Charlie then subjects the principal to a series of insulting remarks, resulting in his expulsion. Charlie storms out of the office and retrieves a pistol from his locker, then sets the contents of his locker on fire. He then returns to his classroom and fatally shoots his algebra teacher, Miss Jean Underwood. The fire triggers an alarm, but Charlie forces his classmates to stay in the room, killing a history teacher, Mr. Peter Vance, when he attempts to enter. As the other students and teachers evacuate the school, the police and media arrive at the scene....


      The novel's plot vaguely resembles actual events that have transpired since the book's publication, to such a degree that the author is no longer comfortable with the book's being in print for fear that it may inspire similar occurrences ("[Rage is] now out of print." as it had already been associated with incidents of high school shootings and hostage takings...

    2. Yeah, but the idiot replying didn't realize he was addressing the author.

    3. Ed,
      Information via Google search is at the tips of those on Twitter, but displays of idiocy nevertheless abound.

  3. Good grief! What a load of off-topic comments I just deleted!

  4. Well, does the hired man receive grace or not?

    1. Duck,
      Yes -- from Mary, who ultimately was able to persuade her husband to extend grace. Of course, the hired man died before he knew that he had been forgiven by Mary's husband.

      At least, the hired man didn't die out in the cold.


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