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  1. I'm reading Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem The Wreck of the Deutschland tonight, such a great poem! Can you imagine what Hopkins thought when this poem was rejected by a fellow Jesuit? Didn't think it was good enough for some Jesuit journal. Just the opening stanza alone shows the wondrous creativity of Hopkins. 

    Thou mastering me 

    God! giver of breath and bread; 

    World's strand, sway of the sea; 

    Lord of living and dead; 

    Thou hast bound bones and veins in me, fastened me flesh, 

    And after it almost unmade, what with dread, 

    Thy doing: and dost thou touch me afresh? 

    Over again I feel thy finger and find thee.

  2. 8 hours ago, JSngry said:

    Yeah, that kind of thng is dis-spiriting. Shame on them, or worse! You're supposed to make a joyous noise, not some infernal hateracket screambeam….

    Y'all need to get those bi-lingual tag-team evangelists on your radio, that'll liven thing sup!

    Pre-pandemic, I had to drive all over the West, and on Sunday mornings, going through small towns that had an  AM radio station, I'd hear some very.... interesting sermons

  3. 1 hour ago, Dmitry said:

    Alzheimer's is probably largely a genetic condition...I still wonder if mountains of magic dust he snorted had anything to do with his diagnosis. 

    2.5 years ago I was at his concert in Providence. He performed with a local group of sidemen that often backs him. It was a thoroughly enjoyable concert, he still had surprisingly  reliable chops, and remembered the lyrics. He did sang one tune twice, and that's ok. His daughter, on the other hand, is certainly not a god's gift to singing, she opened up for him. Nature rests on the children of the greats...
    The only album of his that I will save forever, is the first Bill Evans collaboration, on Fantasy. I'm sorry to say, I have not heard the follow-up. Some Other Time speaks to me, makes me cry inside.


    I always loved Astoria - Portrait of the Artist, thought it was a high quality album.

    TONY BENNETT Astoria Portrait Of The Artist UK ORIGINAL CBS 466005 1 VINYL  LP NM | eBay

  4. 3 hours ago, Dan Gould said:

    Seems like a good time to mention that I am more or less or convinced that I will at some point be found to have some form of early stage dementia or communication disorder of some kind. 

    For a long time - I mean since my early 30s at least - I've struggled with "having the word on 'the tip of my tongue'".  (Not a good thing if you're working in radio ... better when doing VO with a script in front of you.)

    Over the past several years I have noticed that I will speak in complete sentences while saying the wrong word in the middle of a string of words. Usually a word that starts with the same sound. Or my ability to recall simple words is degraded enough that I am referencing "the thing" rather than standing there without completing my thought.

    I will also put words together in the wrong order. 

    Last year I was forced to switch jobs in the insurance industry and for the first time in five years, had to communicate on the phone with clients. My ability to speak intelligibly was unmistakably degraded.

    I will also write words in the wrong order, or write the wrong word.

    Please do not tell me to seek medical attention. I am uninterested in being any sort of guinea pig for some new, inevitably worthless experimental drug that's not going to change things.

    It is what it is. I'm 55 and hopefully I'll retain enough ability to communicate to work and earn a living for another 5-10 years.

    For what it's worth Dan, I have similar symptoms (though my public speaking it still there, which is good since that's basically my job!), and last week underwent an Dementia test, and fully passed. To say I'm relived is an understatement! My father had Dementia (the violent kind), my maternal uncle has it, and I'm very concerned about the present and future -- I'm 62. It can seem to us that we're losing it, but sometimes we're the worst judge of these things. Praying for the best for you.

  5. 2 hours ago, Brad said:

    I think it’s fascinating; I can’t put it down.  I confess to not having read most, if not all, of the books he discusses. The book is a mixture of the discussion of the books and the social background leading to them. 

    I haven't read most of the listed books / writers either, especially the Israeli one's, they're a blank to me. I'll be buying this one in the next couple of weeks, hopefully, there will a Kindle sale and I can snatch it for $2.99. Thanks.