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12/31/10

Deep in Genuine, Devoted Faith and Rich Writing -- review: Hopkins: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Hopkins: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Hopkins is one of those poets hidden from so many because of his subject matter, yet is considered one of the most influential Victorian poets for his use of word combinations, meter and image.

Added to the delicious and poignant poetry is the contemplative nature of his prose and poetry. In it, you'll read about his humility and submission to God, his genuine faith, his desire that his poetry exalt God and not Hopkins himself.

Most his work was published posthumously, as late as 1920 or so, and immediately influenced the likes of T.S. Elliot (AKA, the guy who wrote the poem "Cats" is based on and "Wasteland") and his contemporaries.

While Whitman and Wilde were exalting in themselves, and just after Emerson and Thoreau were helping us see creation, Hopkins demonstrated prowess in pointing readers to see the Creator in the creation.

Atheists won't agree with him, of course, but he says it so well, they will at least go, "Hmm... if I believed, I could see that... yeah, wow, well put." The Catholics will cheer him on, "Atta boy... yep, that guy's a Jesuit!" Not undone are the Protestants who will be so impressed in agreement they'll be happy he was a Christian.

Check out this snippet from "Pied Beauty"
Glory be to God for dappled things--
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough;
And 'all tra'des, their gear and tackle and trim." Those accents are in the original.

Delicious to say aloud? You should hear the second verse. His others are as tasty.

I fully recommend Hopkins: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Anthony Trendl

12/25/10

Perfect Tweet - Unedited Famous Quote Exactly 140 Characters - Twitter-Sized

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

That's 140 characters. Beautiful. Perfect. Truth.

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12/20/10

Fickle Media, Fickle People - The Moment in Review

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Remember when it was hip to be
  • against the war (name your favorite)
  • supporting Obama
  • angry about health care corruption
  • anti-filibuster
  • afraid of the BP oil spill
Wasn't July 2010 such a good time?

Now we have quieted our anti-war cries, Obama's support is draining faster than you can say, "Chicago Cubs post-season", we still don't like corruption but aren't so sure the new health care plan is really the best for America, we seemed to think of Senator Bernard Sanders (democratic socialist) as a filibustering hero, and, doggonit, no one is talking about the oil spill. 

12/13/10

Mark Madoff Died a Coward

Bernard Madoff's son, Mark, hung himself. Killed himself with a dog leash.

I know nothing about Madoff's son, and must confess I do not understand the crime Madoff himself has been found guilty of.

What I do know is Mark Madoff sent his wife an e-mail and said,  "I love you."

Sorry, Mark Madoff, you are dead, and a coward, and killing yourself was not an act of love. You did not have the guts to fight, or were too tired to fight the things you are accused of. If you were innocent, then your accusers won. If you are guilty, your cowardess is that much more acute.

You killed yourself, Mark. That is always the coward's way out. No matter how awful the pain, you have those around you to blame themselves, your daughter will grow up probably requiring therapy and not trusting men. You did this to her.

12/12/10

"Only Decent Parker Biography" Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? review


Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?
I don't think there is another decent review of Dorothy Parker's life in print.

I could go on and on about the individual bits of interesting data the book highlights: her relationship with Benchley, the Algonquin Round Table, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, plus her socio-political views, her misguided love life, her bitterness/love toward men. I suppose I could tell you a lot about what this book says in these regards.

I could lament how I think she is still an underrated fiction writer, as most people get stuck on her quips and witticisms, but her better skill was in unpeeling the subtleties of the everyday moment. I could, couldn't I?

There is plenty I could say about her insecurities, her foolish business mistakes and something bizarre about her dog. Oh yes, that would be interesting, that whole dog thing.

Instead, I'll just tell you this book is what is says, a thorough examination of the life of Dorothy Parker. You will be happy you bought it. It says everything I didn't say and more.

I fully recommend this book.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com

12/10/10

Keywords of 2010

According to http://www.google.com/zeitgeist2010 below represents the keyword trends of 2010. Fascinating as so few of those words and phrases are used in this blog.
What do you think is missing? Religious terms? Sex?

Fastest Rising

1. chatroulette
2. ipad
3. justin bieber
4. nicki minaj
5. friv
6. myxer
7. katy perry
8. twitter
9. gamezer
10. facebook

Fastest Falling

1. swine flu
2. wamu
3. new moon
4. mininova
5. susan boyle
6. slumdog millionaire
7. circuit city
8. myspace layouts
9. michael jackson
10. national city bank

Fastest Rising in Entertainment

1. justin bieber
2. shakira
3. eminem
4. netflix
5. youtube videos
6. lady gaga
7. kesha
8. nicki minaj
9. grooveshark
10. transformers 3

Fastest Rising in Sports

1. mundial 2010
2. olympics
3. espn3
4. fifa 11
5. randy moss
6. miami heat
7. mourinho
8. wayne rooney
9. cricket live score
10. david villa

Fastest Rising in Consumer Electronics

1. ipad
2. iphone 4
3. nokia 5530
4. htc evo 4g
5. nokia n900
6. blackberry apps
7. duracell mygrid
8. 트위터
9. otterbox
10. pdanet

Fastest Rising in Food and Drink

1. masterchef
2. 食べログ
3. cupcakes
4. jimmy johns
5. как жрать суши
6. dominos pizza menu
7. tudo gostoso receitas
8. guacamole recipe
9. applebees menu
10. rachel ray

Fastest Rising Maps Searches

1. anhembi parque
2. wm gucken
3. world cup
4. bundeskanzleramt
5. rio branco
6. mt everest
7. kew gardens
8. tour eiffel
9. oxford street
10. nürburgring

Fastest Rising People

1. justin bieber
2. katy perry
3. selena gomez
4. kim kardashian
5. eminem
6. lady gaga
7. miley cyrus
8. taylor lautner
9. megan fox
10. robert pattinson

In the News

1. haiti
2. besiktas
3. chile
4. earthquake
5. lady gaga
6. iphone 4
7. jörg kachelmann
8. menowin fröhlich
9. mobile technology
10. oil spill

Fastest Rising Translations

1. vancouver 2010
2. apprendimento automatico
3. ресторан нью-йорк
4. машинное обучение
5. beijing apartments
6. comercio electrónico
7. st. petersburg restaurants
8. منتزه يلوستون الوطني
9. energia solare
10. dubai tours

Fastest Rising Health Queries

1. hcg diet
2. dr oz
3. aspergers
4. mcdonalds nutrition
5. vitamin d deficiency
6. appendicitis symptoms
7. cholera
8. nfp
9. vacina h1n1
10. whooping cough

Fastest Rising Humanitarian Aid

1. donate to haiti
2. donate to pakistan
3. text to donate
4. doctors without borders
5. download to donate
6. red cross canada
7. blood donation restrictions
8. donate blood australia
9. donate now button
10. csl plasma

12/7/10

Is God Dead? Nietzsche, Christianity, Religion, Melville, and More

Fascinating article recently in the New York Times regarding the role of religion and how society views people of faith.

See the snippet, but read the entire article. Pro and cons nihilism are explored, as is secularism, relativism (cultural and philosophical), while asking what is a believer vs a fantatic?

Navigating Past Nihilism
By SEAN D. KELLY

"...For today’s religious believers feel strong social pressure to admit that someone who doesn’t share their religious belief might nevertheless be living a life worthy of their admiration. That is not to say that every religious believer accepts this constraint. But to the extent that they do not, then society now rightly condemns them as dangerous religious fanatics rather than sanctioning them as scions of the Church or mosque. God is dead, therefore, in a very particular sense. He no longer plays his traditional social role of organizing us around a commitment to a single right way to live. Nihilism is one state a culture may reach when it no longer has a unique and agreed upon social ground."

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12/6/10

How to Write a Poem

Let writing be fluid. Open a document on your favorite word processor (I use Microsoft Office's Word), and start typing. Churning out whatever comes to mind may or may not result on good poetry, but it is a start. Bad poetry has its place. Hopefully, not in books, but it opens the mind into the discipline, which, in turn, helps develop better poetry.

I am not among those who wax poetically that poetry is what comes from inspiration. It requires that, to be sure, but mostly, hard work. A good poet is always inspired because he or she always see more than is obvious. The hard part is deciding on the proper form, finding the rhythm  and tempo which fits the tone, and somehow saying something interesting beyond the words themselves.

Find a topic, any topic, be it as simple as some object around you. Then try to write a few rhyming lines. Rhymes are not required to make it a poem, but if you are new to this, it can help find the song in the poem.

Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to YeatsThe little poem below rhymes on ever second line, all the same sound. The rhythm, if you say it aloud, comes across like a country horse trotting slowly. There is nothing serious about the poem, and so, a silly rhythm made sense. Sing-songy? Yep. Bad poetry? Sure. I'm OK with that. The juices are flowing, and that's what matters. A good poem might follow later. (I hope so!)

Now, go read some of the good stuff.

How to Write a Poem
by Anthony Trendl

So you can see:
it can be done.

Just start a doc:
it’s so much fun.

Weave in a verb;
the poem’s spun.

Give it a try--
What’s done is done.

12/3/10

The Irish Rovers - The Unicorn Song

The UnicornThe Irish Rovers - The Unicorn Song

I grew with this song. Poor unicorns. They should not have been playing their silly games.

I cannot say this is how it happened. As I understand it, Noah loaded every animal two-by-two onto the ark. However, as I don't see any unircorns, I cannot say this didn't happen just as they say.


12/2/10

Powerful, Simple, Amazing Rendition of Christmas Classic: review "Silent Night" by Mahalia Jackson

Silent Night, Holy Night
Silent Night, Holy NightListening to Mahalia Jackson sing "Silent Night" gives me chills. She finds it. She gets it. She never oversings the song, holding back, making sure the song is never about her. Rather than say, "Look at my skills," she is calling us out, asking, "Worship with me the child of God."

The music is sparse. It starts with piano and bells, but mostly, it is Jackson with a soft layer of bells and a humming choir. It sounds like it was performed without an audience in a large cathedral.

I fully recommend, "Silent Night, Holy Night" as sung by Mahalia Jackson.

Anthony Trendl
editor, http://hungarianbookstore.com/

12/1/10

Christmas Light Show - Amazing Grace Techno

Christmas Light Show - Amazing Grace Techno
I'm a fan of techno music, but I'm not sure about this one.



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Evicted: Hard Times and Tough Days

Made in the USAYou can learn a lot about a guy by evicting him.

This morning, I was involved in a move-out crew. A guy was being evicted after his property was foreclosed. Myself and two other guys, Stacy and Justice, were called on as a moving crew at a small condo where a fellow had hit hard times. I could use the money so I jumped at the chance.

At first, my heart was breaking. All I knew is he lost his job a year ago, and couldn't make payments. Now he must leave. Added to the fact is that the guy apparently is in some way paralyzed after an accident as a teenager. I considered, if I saw him, giving him my check. I know as well as anyone the difficulties of finding work in these times, but I have a home. He surely needs the money more than I do.

At first, I could only see how rotten life must be for the guy. How couldn't my heart break?

Then, I heard he refused a significant check to just have over the keys and move on. The end result legally would be the same, except he would have a lot more money. Not a good decision for a guy down on his luck.

So there we were, ready to enter the place. There was a realtor whose company I think technically owns the place. There was a locksmith to unlock the door and replace the locks. And a police officer - a nice guy who said he has seen these things go pretty bad, but, as he said, "It's a living."

I still felt bad for the evicted guy. Until now, he was nameless. I try to think of everyone as someone. Everyone has a name, and with that a name, a full life. Bad choices happen even by otherwise decent people. I can hardly say I've always been wise.

When we entered -- a one bedroom condo in a major complex --  it wasn't clean. By not clean, I don't mean he could have swept more. His furniture was gone, naturally, as was his fridge and dishwasher. Left behind was a pile of junk in one corner -- a mix of papers, food jars and a few odds and ends. Small pieces of junk were on the floor.

In the bedroom, he chose to break every light bulb and leave glass on the floor. Petty stuff. In the kitchen, he also tore out the counter. Especially petty. Ripped out some pieces of wood which, strangely, were left in a nice pile in his dining room.

In the junk pile, there were papers that showed he was being paid in cash as a DJ somewhere. His resume was there. He had a job answering phones for a porn company.

I know he liked brownies, but not enough to finish the plate of them. Shopped at Aldi, and occasionally ate at Hooters and had takeout from Outback. He liked blue cheese dressing and grape jelly.
 
He BBQed enough to have several bags of Kingsford briquettes. This also meant he didn't use a gas grill, as is often the case in multi-level buildings. An empty pack of cigarettes was on his balcony.

Husky PA3242HD 42-Gallon Contractor Clean-Up Bags, 32-CountHe enjoyed motorcycle racing, as evidenced by an autographed poster of Jennifer Snyder, a sort of Danica Patrick wannabe. He didn't want the poster.

We threw what we could into a bunch of large Husky contractor bags and dragged them to the dumpster. What this guy left behind was now meaningless trash.

And I learned his name.

11/29/10

"Annie" - Tomorrow (For Chicago)

Annie - Original Broadway Cast RecordingAll across Chicago, we are seeing rain, cold days and gray skies. I have a source who tells me that the sun will be out tomorrow. She's gambling on it, betting her bottom dollar there'll be sun.

What do you think?




Annie - Original Broadway Cast Recording (Andrea McArdle version)

I Am Running for Mayor of Chicago T-shirt

I Am Running for Mayor of Chicago

I think this t-shirt is funny. Buy one and tell your friends.

They have them in mugs and so on.

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11/27/10

Barack Obama and I Have Something in Common: 12 Stitches

Paricon Winter Lightning Sled (3-Pack)12 stitches. Now that he has gotten a taste of good ol' fashioned, "let's take it to the gym, punk" bloodwork, maybe North Korea will be a little less likely to taunt him. Of course, PETA is upset, but that's what they do, but this is about the stitches, not the silly talk show politicking both sides will try to find in this.

Me, I had 12 stitches too.

Johnny Peterson's backyard. The house behind him, actually. They were still building it. Big hill -- the dirt from the basement. Winter. Mid-December. Snow. Sledding.

I was in first grade. Johnny lived maybe two blocks down the street. The snow was hard, slick and cold. Sleds were hard to come by, so we slid down on our backs. Big hill, long ride. All good.

My jacket was open, unzipped when I went down on my stomach. A chunk of metal was sticking out about halfway to the bottom. I was six.

The metal sliced my on my right side. Blood flowed out of me like juice from a freshly cut tomato. My white t-shirt no longer was white. I ran the quarter mile or so up Meade Avenue, leaving my bike behind.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Stretch Mark Cream 4.4 oz.Got home. My mom, suffering from conjunctivitis in both eyes couldn't drive me. Mrs. Kirk next door took me to Palos Hospital where I was stitched up. No anesthesia. Not the smaller filament President Obama was lucky enough to have. I screamed as they tried to hold me down. Until then, I was a small, weak boy. That night, I had the power of 10 steroid-filled NFL linemen.

On my way home, as my mom and dad drove me, they took me to McDonalds. Back then, before they changed their recipes, McDonald's French Fries were still the best on the planet. My parents asked me where I wanted to go. Mind you, at six years old on the edge of the suburbs (followed by woods and farms a mile away), I only knew about McDonalds and Chicken Unlimited (what KFC wants to taste like).

I stayed home a couple days, applying cocoa butter to my wound. They took the stitches out sometime later, and I showed my battle scars to my classmates.

That week I was a hero.

So, Mr. President, try cocoa butter. It smells nice too.

Digg and the Problem With Palinian-Obaminian Politics

Newsweek (1-year auto-renewal)Newsweek says, ‘Stunning the Halibut’ If the Democrats think things are bad now, wait until Sarah Palin grabs them by their bleeding hearts.

Weird, but true, I think. Newsweek's bias, if quite conservative, does not change the reality of the question of Sarah Palin, and why Obama supporters need to stop giggling and start thinking about what to do. The more, for example, they focus on Bristol Palin's Dancing With the Stars, the more likely they are to hand over the White House.

I am not saying I think Palin will win nor am I likely to vote for her, but, as I have been saying since 2008, she will heavily influence the 2012 election. However, I thought Democrats would quit snickering and respond with better ideas.

No matter what Democrats are saying about Palin, 2008 was their opportunity. The wave of optimism could not have been higher. Palin might snag the election, but it won't be because she charged in there. It will be because Democrats are blowing it when it comes to bipartisan negotiating. Palin is hardly a bipartisan politician, but I think a lot of America thought Obama would do what Bush did not: work across the aisle. Just as Obama was elected on a wave of antiBush attitudes, Palin might be elected on antiObama attitudes. It won't be the hate that Bush suffered, but more of a disappointment.

One argument, a weak one, is about Republican stonewalling. With the November election results, they can, but up until now, they couldn't. Try to stop Obama's initiatives? Absolutely. A true leader needs to work through this; Democrats were hardly naive to the task before them. Bush blew his opportunity in the midst of Democrat opposition, and Obama is tossing it away in the face of Republican opposition.

Democrat leadership has been failing to convince the middle roaders who support Palin to continue supporting Obama. This not because of Palin's prowess, but because of voter dissatisfaction.

I'm not Republican nor Democrat, and am no more impressed with Palin as a candidate than I was with Obama. Both have impressed as media magnets. While Palin has had gaffes that would cause Joe Biden to cringe, she has landed well despite this. Somehow, even though the world warned Obama's supporters to not expect every promise, for some reason, they believed him.

I took a look at Digg, where I saw this article. Lots of name calling. One guy, Cory, bragged about how he move to Canada if she wins. Clearly, not a bright man, he misses the point of the article. Essentially, it is about public opinion, voter awareness (including Democrats), and how voters do not realize what's going in Washington. While Cory might be facing immigration issues this time in two years, his vigor is akin to Rush Limbaugh who made a similar threat if Obama was elected. Limbaugh's still here.

I think many in the Digg community believes if they -1 Digg a poster, Palin will go away. That attitude is one reason Palin is gaining supporters. Instead of presenting a liberal more attractive to voters, we see ad hominem internet chatter.

Things will change. If they don't, Democrats will have egg on their face having lost to who they consider a fool. When Reagan won, everyone would could say he was an amazing campaigner. Same thing with Clinton. Of Palin, Democrats aren't saying this, but to lose to a fool is about the worst thing that can happen, isn't it? Obama is no fool, but he better be sure his campaign staff is brilliant.

Digg this.