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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
The sky had cleared, the clouds raveled to tatters, and at four o'clock the sun broke through, silver on the bright green of grass and leaves, and golden on the puddles in the road; all down the column men quickened the step, smiling in the sudden burst of gold and silver weather. They would point at the sky, the shining fields, and call to each other: the sun, the sun! Their uniforms, which had darkened in the rain, began to steam in the April heat, and where formerly they had slogged through the mud, keeping their eyes down on the boots or haversack of the man ahead, now they began to look around and even dance aside with little prancing steps to avoid the wet places.
The moa, a large extinct bird from New Zealand, apparently had a decade-long adolescence – which may help explain how early hunters were able to wipe out the giant bird.
[The] moa may have had the luxury of growing up at a leisurely pace, as they had few natural predators besides the giant Haast’s eagle.
That all changed, however, when the first humans – the Maori – arrived in New Zealand about 700 years ago and began hunting the birds extensively – often only eating the best bits, like the 'drumsticks,' and leaving the rest.
Slackerdom proved fatal for the moa.
Of course, I welcome any excuse to post the pic (above) of 19th-century anatomist Richard Owen and a skeleton of the giant extinct bird.
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Listen to a clip of "Ostrich Walk" done by Bix Beiderbecke with Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra.
Who was the father of Cool Jazz? Miles Davis? Lester Young? Stan Getz? Gerry Mulligan? The answer, is none of the above. Cool Jazz has its roots as early as 1927 in the wonderful collaborations of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and C-melody saxman Frank (Tram) Trumbauer! Bix and Tram were closely associated as early as 1925 and developed a tight musical rapport. They both used a linear, relaxed and lyrical style and were the first to offer an alternative to the searing, passionate and extroverted music that characterized the Jazz Age. They were inspired not only by Louis Armstrong but also by the modern classical composers like Debussey, Ravel and Stravinsky and as a result were the first to use intriguing harmonies and intervals based on whole tone scales in their improvisations.
Also at Red Hot Jazz: another essay on Bix and Tram and an outstanding selection of their music.
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My apologies for the near extinction of posts of late: A new job has left little time for blogging. Hope to be posting more soon!
There can be no doubt that, relatively speaking, the crisis in Darfur has generated a fair amount of attention. Journalists, human rights experts and bloggers have poured a lot of energy into raising awareness of the genocide and the 400,000 lives it has taken. Unfortunately, this focus on Darfur only highlights the lack of attention being paid to other, arguably even more horrific, crises in Africa.>>> #
Mordecai Peter Centennial "Three Finger" Brown, above, caught his right hand in a corn grinder when he was seven, and the spin he put on the ball with his mangledhand made him the pitching mainstay of the Cubs' last World Series winner.
"That old paw served me pretty well in its time," he said. "It gave me a firmer grip on the ball, so I could spin it over the hump. It gave me a greater dip."
The Chicago Daily News morgue at the Library of Congress' American Memory site has some wonderful old shots of Wrigley Field, which I meant to post this past weekend when the Sox visited the Friendly Confines.
Peter Handrinos at All-Baseball.com lists the eight baseball immortals he'd chuck from the Hall: Chas Comiskey, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Tom Yawkey (!), Gaylord Perry, Ty Cobb, Leo Durocher, Happy Chandler, and Morgan Bulkeley.
Currently reading:Guys, Dolls and Curveballs, a marvelous Damon Runyan baseball anthology, and, on tape in the car, David McCullough's John Adams, with a description of partisan rancor during the XYZ affair of 1798 that could have been written today.
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The Bear Spirits were invoked this past weekend as my eldest son's Cub Scout troop advanced to Bear Cub status.
BLOGGING WILL BE SPOTTY for the time being, as work calls. In the meantime, why not head over to Red Hot Jazz for a bit of "Panther Rag" by Earl Hines? #
Wednesday, June 08, 2005 Coalition for Darfur
The Slow Reaction: The big news regarding Darfur this week is that the International Criminal Court has formally announced that it is conducting an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity in the region >>> #
In a commencement speech at Stonehill College in May, outgoing Notre Dame president Rev. Edward "Monk" Malloy, CSC, spoke on moral courage:
Fr. Malloy cited the example of the hotel manger in the movie Hotel Rwanda. An ordinary person, the manager became a “reluctant hero,” during the mass killings in Rwanda when he exercised enormous moral courage in the face of mass slaughter and used his abilities to saves lives.
Fr. Malloy reminded students that society needs more people like that manager who are not afraid to stand up and declare “this is unacceptable” when they encounter wrong.
The college president many regard as the voice of Catholic higher education in the United States now has an opportunity to demonstrate that actions speak louder than words.
The honorary degree to Morgentaler has been defended by the University of Western Ontario's president and by faculty leaders, but the chairman of the school's board of governors says the award will inflict a "permanent scar" on the institution.
Fr. Malloy has said he nonetheless plans to accept his honorary degree on the grounds it is being awarded at a separate ceremony by Catholic colleges affiliated with the university. The university, though, does not note this distinction in touting Fr. Malloy among its honorary degree recipients.
As of last year Fr Malloy had received a dozen honorary degrees from various colleges. This spring he adds honorary doctorates from Stonehill and from his own Notre Dame, as well as the University of Portland's highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal.
Does Fr. Malloy need yet another laurel, from the University of Western Ontario, under the circumstances in which it would be presented?
That university is making a statement about its moral and cultural values in honoring a man specifically for performing thousands of abortions and for campaigning for hundreds of thousands more -- indeed, a man who himself escaped the Holocaust only to campaign for the devaluation of human life.
Might this not be a prime opportunity for Notre Dame's outgoing president to model the very course he urged of Stonehill graduates -- to stand up, on encountering wrong, and say "this is unacceptable"?
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The Catholic bishop of London, Ontario, has written a strong letter of protest to the university president over the degree to Morgentaler.
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At the NDNation board, commenter PPio04 submits this post re Fr. Malloy, "Missing Part of the Story":
Gerry Killan, the principal of UWO's Catholic-affiliated King's College, told me this week the board of King's passed a motion in support of the bishop's letter. "That's our position too," Killan said, "and we're sticking to it. We object to the granting of this degree to Dr. Morgentaler because of our principles about the paramountcy of the sanctity of life and we have stated such, both publicly and privately to . . . Davenport."
In talking with alumni of King's, or parents of students who've been sickened by the university's decision to honour Morgentaler, Killan points out that there will be 10 convocation ceremonies at UWO this spring. At the ceremony for King's, Huron and Brescia colleges, the recipient of an honourary degree is going to be Father Edward Malloy, president of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
When the news broke about Morgentaler, Killan says he called Malloy. "I certainly alerted him and told him this was happening and that I hoped it wouldn't affect his decision to come. I told him, 'There are 10 convocations, we've got our own, and you're the one we want more than ever now. You're here to represent our tradition.' And he said, 'I'll be there as scheduled.'
Maybe he's going to use the platform to speak out against abortion or in support of his views...I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt...
RP may be on to something. We shall see.
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From the viewbooks:
King's University College:King's is a Catholic, co-educational, liberal arts university college, affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. A King's student is registered at U.W.O. and receives U.W.O. credits. Our students may take any course not offered at King's at Western, Brescia or Huron. All degrees are granted from The University of Western Ontario.
Brescia University College:Located on beautiful grounds next to The University of Western Ontario with which it is affiliated…As Canada's only university-level women's college, Brescia focuses on the needs of women learners…A Catholic college in the Ursuline tradition, we prepare our graduates to respond with wisdom, justice and compassion to a changing world.
The question: Is it possible for these Catholic colleges to maintain their tradition while affiliated with the secular University of Western Ontario that grants their students' degrees? When the university treads on these college's founding principles, what does it say of the university's regard for these colleges? Why would these colleges wish to remain affiliated with a university that holds such little respect for their religious views?
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