Mets Week In Review: 23-29 April


Note: In an effort to reduce clutter in Panorama of the Mountains I’m keeping myself to just one Mets post per week. I’ll write up my thoughts after each game and when the week is up I’ll publish them in one big post. For this reason, thoughts on an individual game will have a certain…

St. Catherine of Siena


My personal acquaintance with Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) begins with the church I attended as a child, St. Catherine of Siena parish in Riverside, CT. It was here that I first learned to love the Mass, following along with the readings in the missal and singing out joyfully with the folk group. It was here…

April Faith, Spirituality & Religion News


A new book by Pope Benedict XVI accuses rich nations of robbery according to the Guardian. It includes Benedict’s thoughts on the parable of the Good Samaritan, who went to the aid of a traveller shunned by other passers-by after he had been stripped and beaten by robbers. While many commentators accuse the rich nations…

Book Review: Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations


When I was a child I created my own town in my backyard by sweeping out a grid of paths amid fallen leaves and building stick bridges over the ditch separating my family’s property with the neighbors’. In my college days I tried to create my own political ideology called Liamism, best described as “conservative…

Book Review: Jamestown, the Buried Truth


As my mom likes to tell the story, back in 1994 archaeologist Bill Kelso addressed a small audience to introduce his plans for the Jamestown Rediscovery project. The lack of interest arose from the notion that all that could be learned about the early days of the settlement had already been discovered. It was popularly…

Friday Sillies: Librarian video


A song and music video set in a library. In less than four minutes they manage to cram in just about every librarian stereotype there is. I particularly like how in popular culture anytime someone shelves a book they do it without looking. I guess the video is balanced by the many examples of bad…

Book Review: Apex Hides the Hurt


Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead is a darkly comic novel about a nomenclature consultant, that is a man who is called upon to come up with brand names for product. As the novel begins the protagonist, sideline from his lucrative corporate job by a mysterious toe injury, is called upon by the town…

Another Weekend in New York


For Christmas, my mother generously gave Susan and I tickets to see Madama Butterfly performed by the New York City Opera at the New York State Theater in Lincoln Center. My friend Mike M., an Atlanta Braves fan, and I have a tradition of catching a Mets-Braves game at Shea Stadium each spring. Fortuitously, the…

Opera Review: Madama Butterfly


Thanks to the generosity of my mother, Susan and I saw a matinée performance of the New York City Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly on Sunday. Madama Butterfly tells the story of B.F. Pinkerton (Christopher Jackson) of the US Navy who on a whim purchases a 999-year lease on a home overlooking the harbor in…

Meet the Mets


The Braves and I make our first visit to Shea this season. Game #1 is not the exciting preview I had hoped. Instead it was a 7-3 drubbing of the Mets, and it wasn’t even that close. Tim Hudson pitched 8 innings of shutout ball and Chipper Jones does what Chipper Jones does and hit…

Book Review: The Secret Family


The Secret Family: Twenty-four Hours inside the Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies by David Bodanis spends one day in the life of a typical suburban family – mother, father, teenage daughter, 10-year old son, and baby. The family wakes up, eats breakfast, putter around the house, visit the mall, return home and go…

Book Review: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks is a collection of clinical case studies about people with neurological disorders. My one quibble with this book is Sacks’ writing style. He makes every patient speak like the same person in kind of Mayberry “gosh, golly” tone and frustratingly often makes references…

Friday Sillies: AFSCME


Today’s Friday Silly is a 1970’s commercial for the AFSCME union redubbed in a rather colorful manner. I happen to actually be an active member of an AFSCME local and yet I can’t help laughing at this jab at how a typical union member might display his labor pride. Apparently the dubbing for this commercial…

Sweep in South Florida


The Amazin’s continue their winning ways with a two-game sweep of the Marlins which propels them back into first place in the National League East. The second place Atlanta Braves visit Shea for a three game battle for first this weekend (and I will be there for Saturday’s game!) The Mets tantalizingly toiled with history…

Update on Walk for Hunger 2007


As previously mentioned back in February I will be participating in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger for the fourth consecutive year in just about two & a half weeks on Sunday May 6. Due to some incredibly generous donations by a handful of sponsors I’ve already reached my original goal. On the one hand I’m…

Patriots Day


One of my favorite events of the year by far is Patriots Day. Observed on the third Monday in April as a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, Patriots Day official commemorates the events of April 19, 1775. On that day, British troops marched from Boston towards Concord in order to seize armaments stored by…

Library News for April


Here’s my latest collection of news and opinion of interest regarding the library. The World Almanac puts out a call for help to librarians (and includes links to even more librarian blogs than I already read). Having been a compulsive reader of The World Almanac since childhood, I stammer and drool when I hear my…

The Best Bits from Blogs and Broadsheets


As I seem to do about once a month, I’ve collected some tidbits from weblogs and news sources that I found of interest. If you want to live green, live in a city according to Douglas Foy and Robert Healey (from Boston.com via Streetsblog). MANY OF the world’s most difficult environmental challenges can be addressed…

Beer Review: Narragansett Beer


And now a traditional New England beer courtesy of Charlie’s Kitchen. Beer: Narragansett Beer Brewer: Narragansett Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: ** (6.0 of 10) Comments: Once upon a time, Narragansett was the beer of New England, and many a Red Sox game was accompanied by a ‘Gansett. This was before my time but I…

Win, Loss, Rain, Rain, Sweep


I had a lot of extra time to review the Nationals series but didn’t use it and then let the whole next series slip by. In my defense, that series against the Phillies was only one game, but the Mets win last night means they got a sweep. I don’t have much to say about…