Monday, August 30, 2010

with my new lens

I talked Kody and Megs into letting me shoot a few pics yesterday. So after Sunday dinner we headed on over to Vineyard Park.
Kody protested these are engagement poses. We bossed and shushed him.

Kody and Megs. They are in love.

That Kody. Such a funster.

Lovely Megs. I did mention she is pregnant, right?

Look at me being all artsy fartsy. I call it 'Shadow Sprout'.

I told Kody a really funny joke. We are all friends now.

Swinging in a swing. Original, eh? Megs pulls it off well.

Lame engagement photos notwithstanding, you guys are pretty cute.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

a little pomp and circumstance

This came in the mail today. Woo hoo, Mr. J.L. Walker! And congratulations on all that magna cum laude stuff, too. Seriously, GB. Your Dad and I couldn't be prouder.

Friday, August 20, 2010

once upon a time

Lately Cate has taken to spinning her own yarns.
It goes something like this:
My sitter (sister) go doc-cur (doctor) and cry. (at this point she fakes crying)
Geh a shot. (she demonstrates)
Monser (monster) come give Maa-ee (Maddie) ban-aye (bandaid).
THE END. (pronounced loudly and enthusiastically)

Then she claps her hands in delight and says,
Yur turn, toots.
(Yes, my grandchild calls me Toots. Story for another day.)

And then I make up a story. About baboons or stars or the park.
And then she takes a turn.

The early childhood experts all say that when children create their own stories they are demonstrating their understanding of narrative. And it is one way children share about their lives. I get that. But mostly it’s just great fun.

I am happy the wheels of imagination have started to turn in her head. I am happy she is learning the power and freedom of writing/telling her own story. Because if she can continue to do that then it won’t be a stretch, when she is older, to live her own story as well. She will learn to imagine and see herself in all kinds of narratives. And when that happens a strong sense of self can’t be far behind.

Did I mention before this children’s lit site? The Baldwin project
It’s pretty great. Stories I can re-tell and adapt when it’s snuggle-quiet-time on Grandma’s lap.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

the only air worth breathing

"Anne smiled and said, "My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."
"You are mistaken," said he gently, "that is not good company, that is the best..."
-Jane Austen (Persuasion)

Yup, and when the best company happens to be your own family then you are fortunate indeed. Sunday dinners especially make me happy for that very reason. Love eating, kicking back and conversing. It’s true we throw out words and ideas randomly and sometimes, um, heatedly. But there’s nothing like conversation that makes you think. To sift and sort and defend and analyze your perceptions and opinions—that’s great sport around here.

So lucky me, I am surrounded with chatty people. We all like to make the talky and assert our pert opinions, too. These people, my fam-- they are prepared to handle ideas and concepts and defend them and yes, sometimes the decibel levels rise a bit, but for the most part everyone comes away enlightened, understood, and more curious about the subject discussed than before.

My cousin Paul, years ago, once had business cards printed identifying himself as:
Paul Arnett
Amusing Conversationalist

I am not so confident or bold to declare myself as such but if I were to print and pass out my own cards they might read:
CS Arnett Walker
Verbal jousting enthusiast

And then the fine print would read:
Excluding, of course, football and all things ESPN

It is a challenge, a skill to measure our thoughts and reason with words, which is really what a good argument is. And I hold and aspire to the lofty view that the best dinner table conversation (and after dinner, too) should really be about concepts and ideas instead of obsessing so completely about persons and things.

"Ah, good conversation - there's nothing like it, is there? The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing." -Edith Wharton (The Age of Innocence)

Sometimes we achieve the ideal and good convo and debate happens in my home. Sometimes not. More often than not it’s a bit Monty Python-like.

Like this. He he he

Here's the written script here. Someone should learn it and act it out for our next fam reunion:)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Part II. Art

One of the more interesting Relief Society crafts my Grandma Rose Clifford engaged in involved carpet samples. It was quite ingenious really. She collected carpet samples from various willing merchants for free and then when she had enough laid them face down end to end into a big rectangle. She duct taped the whole thing together from the back and presto! a new colorful and exciting living room floor. That, and the playhouse in her backyard, is what I remember most about her house on Crosby Vista.

My own mother found her own unique use for the leftover carpet samples donated to her by Grandma. Mother hung about a dozen of them on the wall of my bedroom and used them as picture frames. From the files in her schoolroom she brought home some fine art prints and simply pinned them to the carpet samples. I thought this was normal. Yup. And so it was that I grew and flourished in a little tiny room surrounded by cultured carpet.

Profundity alert: It is true, people, that what we hang on the walls of our bedroom and in our minds influence us. Those art prints became old friends and when I took Humanities 101 at BYU and the professor flashed these on the big screen I recognized them immediately.

Here, then, are a few of my old art carpet companions. There’s too many to post here but you get the idea:

Okay, the real purpose of all this rambling is to post list #2 as promised. Here you go, kiddos. The Art list. And should you get the idea or urge to hang up any reproductions of these on dish towels, tile or something equally creative, you can thank me now, er, you can thank Grandma Rose and my mother for the inspiration.

II. Art
Ictinus and Callicrates, Parthenon, Athens
Mnesicles, Erechtheum, Athens
Pantheon, Rome
Colosseum, Rome
Maison Carrée, Nîmes
Pont du Gard

Elgin Marbles (east pediment, metopes, frieze),
Parthenon, British Museum
Myron, Discobolus (Discus Thrower)
Polyclitus, Doryphorus (Spear Bearer)
Praxiteles, Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
Agesander, Athenodorus and Polydorus of Rhodes, Laocoön Group
Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory)
Pergamum, Altar of Zeus, Dying Gaul, Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace), Rome
Augustus of the Prima Porta
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius

Painting (and other two-dimensional forms)
Exekias, Achilles and Ajax Playing Draughts (black-figure amphora), Vatican
Euphronios, Hermes and the Dead Sarpedon (redfigure calyx krater), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Battle of Issus (mosaic), Pompeii
The Lestrigonians Hurling Rocks (fresco),Vatican

Aachen Cathedral, Aachen, Germany
Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorus of Miletus, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
St. Sernin, Toulouse
Durham Cathedral
Abbot Suger, The Abbey Church of St. Denis Chartres Cathedral
Amiens Cathedral

Commission of the Apostles (tympanum), La Madeleine, Vézelay
Gislebertus, Last Judgment (tympanum), Eve (lintel), Flight into Egypt, Dream of the Magi, Nativity (capitals), St. Lazare, Autun
Royal Portal, North and South portals, Chartres Cathedral
Claus Sluter, The Well of Moses
Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury
Golden Gate of Kiev, Kiev
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
Warwick Castle, Warwick, England
Westminster Abbey, London
Windsor Castle, Windsor, England

Painting (and other two-dimensional forms)
Christ as Good Shepherd (mosaic), Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna
Emperor Justinian and Courtiers; Empress Theodora and Retinue (mosaic), San
Vitale, Ravenna
Book of Kells
Lindesfarne Gospels
Limbourg Brothers, Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
The Wilton Diptych
Cimabue, Madonna Enthroned with Angels
Giotto, Madonna Enthroned; Flight into Egypt, Lamentation, Arena Chapel

Martini, Annunciation
Robert Campin, Merode Altarpiece
Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride; Annunciation; Ghent Altarpiece
Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross
Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights

Alberti, San Andrea, Mantua; Palazzo Ruccelai, Florence
Bramante, Tempietto, Rome
Brunelleschi, Dome, Duomo, Florence; Pazzi Chapel, Florence; Foundling
Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley
Michelozzo, Medici-Riccardi Palace, Florence
Michelangelo, Campidoglio, Rome
Palladio, Villa Rotunda; Il Redentore, Venice
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
Trinity College, Dublin

Cellini, Perseus; Saltcellar of Francis I
Donatello, St. Mark; St. George; David
Ghiberti, East Doors (Gates of Paradise), Baptistry, Florence
Michelangelo, David; Moses; Medici tombs; Pietà (one of the three)
Verrocchio, Equestrian Monument of Colleoni

Painting (and graphics)
Botticelli, Birth of Venus, La Primavera, Adoration of the Magi
Fra Angelico, Annunciation; San Marco
Fra Lippo Lippi, Madonna and Child with Angels
Giorgione, The Tempest
Leonardo da Vinci, Madonna and Child with St. Anne; Mona Lisa; Last Supper; Madonna of the Rocks
Mantegna, The Crucifixion, Triumphs of Caesar
Masaccio, Tribute Money; Trinity; Expulsion
Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Piero della Francesca, Resurrection; Baptism of Christ
Raphael, The School of Athens; Alba Madonna; Sistine Madonna; Pope Leo X; Castiglione
Sofonisba Anguisolla, Portrait of the Artist’s Sister Minerva; Self-Portrait
Tintoretto, Last Supper

Titian, Portrait of a Young Man with a Glove; Bacchus and Ariadne; Venus of

Altdorfer, Battle of Issus
Pieter Bruegel, Hunters in the Snow; The Tower of Babel; Peasant Wedding Feast
Dürer, Adam and Eve; Four Apostles; Knight, Death, and Devil; Melancholia;

Grünewald, Isenheim Altarpiece
Hans Holbein the Younger, French Ambassadors; Henry VIII in Wedding Dress, Sir Brian Tuke or another Tudor portrait

Baroque & 18th Century
Robert Adam, Syon House; Osterley; Kenwood
Borromini, San Carlo alle quattro fontane, Rome
Johann Fischer von Erlach, St. Charles Borromaeus (Karlskirche), Vienna
Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Charles Lebrun, Versailles
Thomas Jefferson, Monticello; Rotunda, University of Virginia
Maderna, (nave and façade) St. Peter’s, Rome; with Bernini, Colonnade, St.
Peter’s, Rome
Baltazar Neumann, Vierzehnheiligen; Kaisersaal Würzburg
Claude Perrault, (east façade) Louvre
Jakob Prandtauer, The Monastery of Melk
Germain Soufflot, The Panthéon, Paris
Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham
Christopher Wren, St. Paul’s, London
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, England
Chatsworth House, Devonshire, England
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Teresa in Ecstasy;
David; Apollo and Daphne; Throne of St. Peter
Antoine Coysevox, Nymph and Centaur
Etienne Maurice Falconet, Peter the Great
François Girardon, Apollo Fountain

Painting (and graphics)
Caravaggio, Conversion of St. Paul; Supper at Emmaus; Calling of St. Matthew; Fortune Teller
Jean-Baptise-Siméon Chardin, The Boy with the Top
Jacques-Louis David, The Oath of the Horatii; Intervention of the Sabine Women; Death of Marat
Anthony van Dyck, Equestrian Portrait of Charles I
El Greco, Gesthemane; Pentecost; Burial of Count Orgaz
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing
Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Richard Brinsley
Sheridan; Morning Walk; Mr. and Mrs. Andrews
Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Holofernes
Francisco Jose de Goya, The Third of May; Disasters of War; The Sleep of Reason
Frans Hals, La Bohémienne
William Hogarth, Marriage à la Mode; Rake’s Progress
Angelica Kauffman, The Artist in the Character of Design; Listening to the Inspiration of Poetry; Death of Vergil
Georges de La Tour, Christ with St. Joseph in the Carpenter’s Shop; Repentant Magdalene
Claude Lorrain, Embarkation of Cleopatra
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Carceri d’Inventione
Nicolas Poussin, Et in Arcadia Ego
Rembrandt, The Supper at Emmaus; Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer; Night
Watch; Belshazzar’s Feast; Abraham and Isaac; a self-portrait; The Hundred Guilder Print
Peter Paul Rubens, Raising of the Cross; Venus and Adonis
Jan Steen, Easy Come, Easy Go
Tiepolo, Apollo and the Four Continents, Würzburg
Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas
Jan Vermeer, View of Delft; Young Woman with a Water Jug; Woman Holding a Balance; Artist in his Studio
Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, Marie Antoinette and Her Children; Self-Portrait with Daughter
Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera

19th Century
Sir Charles Barry and A.W.N. Pugin, Houses of Parliament, London
Charles Garnier, The Opéra, Paris
John Nash, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Sir Joseph Paxton, The Crystal Palace, London
Royal Albert Hall, London
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Antonio Canova, Pauline Borghese as Venus
Camille Claudel, Ripe Age
Edgar Degas, The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Horatio Greenough, George Washington, Smithsonian
Auguste Rodin, The Gates of Hell; Burghers of Calais; Creating Hand of God; Age of Bronze François Rude, La Marseillaise

Painting (and graphics)
Carl Bloch, Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda (MOA)
Rosa Bonheur, Plowing in the Nivemais
Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child; Boating Party
Thomas Cole, Architect’s Dream; Genesee Scenery
John Constable, Hay Wain; Salisbury Cathedral
Camille Corot, Cathedral of Chartres
Gustave Courbet, Burial at Ornans
Honoré Daumier, Third Class Carriage
Edgar Degas, Dance Class
Eugène Delacroix, Massacre at Chios; Liberty Leading the People; Death of Sardanapalus
Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the “Medusa”
Edouard Manet, Luncheon on the Grass
Claude Monet, Impression: Sunrise; Rouen Cathedral; Nymphéas; Gare St. Lazare Camille Pissarro, The Station at Penge
Auguste Renoir, Moulin de la Galette
Joseph M.W. Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Parliament; The Slave Ship; Rain, Steam & Speed
James A.M. Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold

Post-Impressionism & Modern
Le Corbusier, Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Ronchamp; Unite d’Habitation, Marseille; Villa Savoye, Poissy
Norman Foster, Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Hong Kong
Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milá Apartment House, Barcelona
Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
J. Paul Getty Museum and Roman Villa
Walter Gropius, Shop Black; Bauhaus, Dessau
Huntington Library and Museums
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, Seagram Building, New York
Eero Saarinen, Trans World Airlines Terminal, JFK Airport, New York
Louis Sullivan, Carson Pirie Scott and Co., Chicago
Jorn Utzon, Sydney Opera House, Australia
Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House, Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan; Fallingwater

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space
Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space
Alexander Calder, Big Red
Christo, Running Fence
Naum Gabo, Linear Construction
Käthe Kollwitz, Memorial to the Fallen
Henry Moore, Reclining Figure; Mother and Child
Louise Nevelson, An American Tribute to the British People
Claes Oldenburg, Soft Toilet; Clothespin
Robert Rauschenberg, Monogram
David Smith, Cubi XVII, Cubi XVIII, Cubi XIX
Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty

Painting (and graphics)
Paul Cézanne, The Card Players; Mont Ste.-Victoire; Still Life with Apples
Marc Chagall, I and the Village
Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory
Robert Delaunay, Eiffel Tower
Otto Dix, War Triptych
Maynard Dixon, Forgotten Man; Round Dance (both in MOA)
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase
Audrey Flack, Solitaire
Helen Frankenthaler, Mountain and Sea; Bay
Paul Gaugin, Self-Portrait; Ia Orana Maria
Vincent van Gogh, Night Café; Self- Portrait; Starry Night
Natalie Gontcharova, Cats
Juan Gris, Fruit Bowl and Carafe
Edward Hopper, Nighthawks
Wassily Kandinsky, Improvization 28; 30
Paul Klee, Abstraction; Puppet Theater
Käthe Kollwitz, Memorial: Karl Liebknecht; War
Willem de Kooning, Woman I
Roy Lichtenstein, Blam!
Franz Marc, The Fate of Animals
René Margritte, Personal Values; Human Condition
Henri Matisse, The Open Window; Collioure; Harmony in Red; Dance
Edvard Munch, The Scream; Dance of Life
Piet Mondrian, Composition in Oval; Tableau III
Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimis
Georgia O’Keefe, Jack in the Pulpit IV
Pablo Picasso, Guernica; Mandolin and Guitar; Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
Jackson Pollock, One; Lavender Mist
Mark Rothko, Rothko Chapel, Houston; or another color-field painting
Henri Rousseau, War
George Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte
John Singer Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Strokes; Mrs. Edward L. Goetz (MOA); Gassed
Sandy Skoglund, Revenge of the Goldfish
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge
Andy Warhol, Campbell Soup Cans; Marilyn (MOA)
J. Alden Weir, In the Sun; Flora; Girl in Profile (all MOA)
Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World
Mahonri Young, The Pavers (MOA)

Other Traditions (representative)
Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Bangalore Palaces, India
Borobudur, Indonesia
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
The Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forgotten City, Faitpur Sikri, India
Giza (The Great Pyramid), Egypt
The Great Wall, China
Mysore, India
Petra, Jordan
The Red Fort at Agra, India
Stonehenge, U.K.
Taj Mahal, India
Torii of Itsukushima, Japan
The Valley of the Kings, Egypt
Great Zimbabwe, Africa

Friday, August 13, 2010

the right yardstick

Liking this. Not really news to those already trying to live a life of meaning as opposed to ease, but still it's nice someone 'credentialed and respected' can get the word out. This yesterday from the Deseret News:
The article directs to HBR:

Generally, you can be humble only if you feel really good about yourself—and you want to help those around you feel really good about themselves, too. When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.

This too:

I've concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.
I think that’s the way it will work for us all. Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.

from How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen

Thursday, August 12, 2010

none so fine a singer as she

You have heard of Barbara Cook, right? She’s now in her 80’s. Amazing, beautiful voice. Go read about her over at Wikipedia and then click on the youtube links at the bottom -- Til There Was You and Ice Cream.

Her she is in concert in Melbourne. I am charmed by this song in her concert set.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Part I: Literature

When I was in junior high I ripped a BYU Recommended Reading list for English Majors out of the Church News. I still have it (somewhere), all tattered, yellow and worn. I have read many of the books on that list through the years, not all, but many. Some I attempted too early in life, they were way beyond my reader maturity and I shelved them until I was older. Some (a great many some) I’m still hoping to get to. My reading preferences have been and continue to be totally eclectic. Still, if we are serious about our autodidactic pursuits then lists can certainly direct us.

So, drum roll here, the 6 categories (Literature, Art, Music, Theatre, Film and Science) from BYU’s Honors Program list (2008 version). Not exhaustive but an amazing compilation. I am hoping to interest my girls in joining me and make a dent in the list.

So, from the depths of my computer files, where I cut and pasted from the pages of BYU, here is Part I. I’ll post the remaining categories every few days or so. I like that the list includes literature in the social sciences as well as non-western and women authors. Oh, and if you’re wondering where to get all these books, a great many can be found online. Check out Harvard classics and Gutenberg.
(all the Harvard Classics for free)

No excuse now.

I. Literature (no Drama in this list, shows up later in the Theatre section)
Key for abbreviations: NW=non-Western; C=author of color; W=woman author ; SS=social science

Aesop, Fables
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics; Politics (SS); Poetics
Cicero, On Friendship; On Duties; selected letters The Epic of Gilgamesh
Epictetus, Manual (Enchiridion); Discourses
Hesiod, Theogony; Works and Days
Herodotus, The Histories* (SS)
Homer, Iliad; Odyssey
Josephus, The Jewish War; Antiquities of the Jews Livy, History of Rome* (SS)
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Ovid, Metamorphoses
Petronius, Satyricon
Plato, Apology; Crito; Phaedrus; Protagoras; Symposium; Republic (SS)
Plutarch, Lives* (at least two)
Sappho (W), Poems
Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars
Tacitus, Annals
Thucydides, Peloponnesian War (SS)
Virgil, Aeneid
Xenophon, Hellenica; Anabasis (SS)

Early Christian and Medieval
Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion; Why God Became Man
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae*
Augustine, Confessions; City of God*; On Free Choice of the Will Beowulf
Boccaccio, Decameron*
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy Chanson de Roland (Song of Roland)
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales*; Troilus and Criseyde
Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain; Erec and Enide
Christine de Pisan (W), Book of the City of Ladies
Anna Comnena (W), Alexiad
Dante, Divine Comedy*
Eusebius, History of the Church from Christ to Constantine
Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan and Isolde
Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose*
Heloise (W), The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur*
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince Marie de France (W), Lais
Moses Maimonides, A Guide for the Perplexed Nibelungenlied
Nicolas of Cusa, On Learned Ignorance Poema del Cid
Sagas of the Old Norse, Njal’s Saga; Laxdoela Saga Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Snorri Sturluson, Prose Edda, Egil’s Saga
Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival
William of Ockham, Philosophical Writings*

Renaissance and Reformation
Ariosto, Orlando Furioso*
Jean Calvin, Institutes (SS)
Castiglione, The Courtier*
Cellini, Autobiography
Erasmus, Praise of Folly; Enchiridion; On the Free Will
Guicciardini, The History of Italy (SS)
Martin Luther, Three Treatises; Commentary on Romans; The Bondage of the Will
Machiavelli, The Prince (SS); Discourses on Livy; The Art of War
Marguerite de Navarre (W), Heptameron
Montaigne, Essays*
Thomas More, Utopia (SS)
Petrarca, Canzoniere*; My Secret; selected letters, including “Ascent of Mt. Ventoux”
Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man
Rabelais, Gargantua; Pantagruel
William Shakespeare, Sonnets
Sidney, Astrophil and Stella; Defense of Poesy
Spenser, The Faerie Queene*
Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered*
William Tyndale, The New Testament in English

17th and 18th Centuries
Francis Bacon, Essays; Advancement of Learning
Jeremy Bentham, “Utilitarianism”(SS) and two other essays
George Berkeley, Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (SS); Analyst; Querist (SS)
James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson
John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (SS)
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Moll Flanders
John Donne, Songs and Sonnets; Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
Jonathan Edwards, Works
Henry Fielding, Tom Jones; Joseph Andrews
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire* (SS)
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion; Essays
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason; Critique of Practical Reason; Critique of Judgment
Mme. de La Fayette (W), The Princess of Clèves
John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding (SS)
James Madison, et al., The Federalist Papers; U.S. Constitution
John Milton, Paradise Lost; Areopagitica
Charles Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws (SS)
Thomas Paine, Common Sense (SS)
Blaise Pascal, Pensées
Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock; Essay on Man
Joshua Reynolds, Discourses
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
J. J. Rousseau, Confessions; Social Contract (SS)
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (SS)
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Voltaire, Candide; Philosophical Dictionary
Mary Wollstonecraft (W), A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Romanticism and 19 Century
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy
Jane Austen (W), Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Sense and Sensibility
William Blake, Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience
Charlotte Bronte (W), Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte (W), Wuthering Heights
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (W), Sonnets from the Portuguese
Robert Browning, three dramatic monologues
Jakob Burckhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (SS)
Lord Byron, Don Juan; Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass
Mary Chesnut (W), Mary Chesnut’s Civil War
Kate Chopin (W), The Awakening
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner; “Kubla Khan” and two other poems
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield; Hard Times; Bleak House, Great Expectations
Emily Dickinson, Poems
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment; Brothers Karamazov
Frederick Douglass (C), Narrative of the Life
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
George Eliot (W), Middlemarch; Adam Bede
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar”; Nature
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust I; Faust II
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles; Jude the Obscure
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter; The Marble Faun; any two stories
G. F. W. Hegel, Phenomenology of Mind; Philosophy of History (SS)
O. Henry, Short Stories
Friedrich Hölderlin, any three poems
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Henry James, Turn of the Screw; Portrait of a Lady
Sarah Orne Jewett (W), Country of the Pointed Firs
John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and two other poems
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling; Sickness unto Death
Thomas B. Macaulay, History of England
T. R. Malthus, Essay on the Principle of Population (SS)
Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto (SS); Capital (SS)
Guy de Maupassant, short stories
Herman Melville, Moby Dick; Billy Budd
J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism; On Liberty;Principles of Political Economy (all SS)
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra; Birth of Tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil
Edgar Allen Poe, complete poems or short stories
Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Josiah Royce, The World and the Individual
Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Percy Bysshe Shelley, three poems; Defense of Poetry
Bram Stoker, Dracula
Harriet Beecher Stowe (W), Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; “Ulysses” and two other poems
William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Civil Disobedience (SS)
A. C. de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (SS)
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace; Anna Karenina
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
H. G. Wells, The Time Machine; Invisible Man
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” and two other poems; The Prelude*
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass*; Song of Myself (SS)
Emile Durkheim, Suicide (SS)
Alfred Marshall, Principles of Economics (SS)
David Ricardo, Principles of Political Economy and Taxation (SS)

20th and 21st Centuries
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones; Labyrinths
Vera Brittain (W), Testament of Youth
Martin Buber, I and Thou
Pearl Buck, The Good Earth
Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Albert Camus, The Stranger; The Plague
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop; My Antonίa; Song of the Lark; The Professor’s House
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Lord Jim
Annie Dillard (W), Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land; Four Quartets
Ralph Ellison (C), Invisible Man
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom; “The Bear” and two other stories
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle; Interpretation of Dreams; Civilization and Its Discontents (all SS)
Rayna Greed, ed., That’s What She Said (collection of writings by Native American women [W/C])
Alex Haley, Roots
Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics; Being and Time
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Sun Also Rises
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha; The Glass Bead Game
Langston Hughes (C), selected poems
Zora Neale Hurston (W/C), Their Eyes Were Watching God; Dust Tracks on a Road
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
William James, Pluralism; The Will to Believe; The Varieties of Religious Experience (all SS)
James Joyce, Dubliners; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ulysses
Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis; The Trial; The Castle
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money
Martin Luther King (C), “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Doris Lessing (W), The Golden Notebook
C. S. Lewis, any one of the following: Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, Surprised by Joy, Mere Christianity, Miracles
Primo Levi, If this is a Man (Survival in Auschwitz)
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice; Magic Mountain
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
N. Scott Momaday (C), The Way to Rainy Mountain
Toni Morrison (W/C), Song of Solomon; Beloved
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man
Flannery O’Connor (W), any two short stories
Tillie Olsen (W), Tell Me a Riddle; Silences
George Orwell, Animal Farm; 1984
Wilfred Owen, any four war poems
Marcel Pagnol, My Father’s Glory; My Mother’s Castle
Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
Katherine Anne Porter (W); Pale Horse, Pale Rider; Ship of Fools
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way or another novel from Remembrance of Things Past
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged; The Fountainhead
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus; Duino Elegies
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (W), A Midwife’s Tale; Good Wives
J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Derek Walcott (C), Omeros; any three poems
Alice Walker (W/C), The Color Purple
Eudora Welty (W), Delta Wedding; Losing Battles; The Ponder Heart; any two short stories
Edith Wharton (W), Ethan Frome; Age of Innocence
E. O. Wilson, On Human Nature
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
Virginia Woolf (W), Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse; The Waves; A Room of One’s Own
Richard Wright (C), Black Boy
Elie Wiesel, Night
William Butler Yeats, any four poems
Additional works from the social sciences:
Jacob Bronowski, Ascent of Man (SS)
John Corner, The Life of Plants (SS)
F. A. Hayek, Road to Serfdom; Constitution of Liberty (both SS)
J. R. Hicks, Value and Capital (SS)
T. C. Koopmans, Three Essays on the State of Economic Science (SS)
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (SS)
Richard Lewontin, Human Diversity (SS)
Paul A. Samuelson, Foundations of Economic Analysis (SS)

Other Traditions
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Mongo Beti, The Poor Christ of Bomba
Buchi Emecheta, Head Above Water
Chiekh Hamidou Kane, Ambiguous Adventure
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Devil on the Cross
Wole Soyinka, The Interpreters

Lao Tzu, Tao-te Ching
Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Selections from the Grand Historian (Watson translation)
Li Po and Tu Fu, selected poems
Confucius, Analects
Ts’ao Hsüeh-Chin (Cao Xueqin), Story of the Stone (Dream of Red Mansions)*
Shui hu chuan (All Men Are Brothers, Pearl S. Buck translation)
Cheng’en Wu, The Monkey*
Lu Xun, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Sun Tzu, Art of War

Chandogya Upanishad
Valmiki, Ramayana* Dhammapada Kalidasa, Shakuntala The Rig Veda
Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children

Ghazzali, Al-Munqidh min al-Dalal: The Alchemy of Happiness
Nizami, The Story of Layla and Majnun
Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat The Qur’an (Koran)
Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah
Naguib Mahfouz, Three Novels of Ancient Egypt
Rumi, Spiritual Couplets

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji*
Donald L. Phillipi, Songs of God, Songs of Humans (Ainu epic)
Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book
Yoshida Kenko, Essays in Idleness
Natsume Sôseki, The Three-Cornered World; Kokoro
Endo Shûsaku, Silence or Deep River
Ibuse Masuji, Black Rain Kawabata
Yasunari, Snow Country

Anthology of Korean Literature: From Early Times to the Nineteenth Century (Lee, ed.)
Richard Kim, Names
Kang Sok-Kyong, The Valley Nearby

Thursday, August 5, 2010

music links you'll want to visit

Our Cate, musical genius that she is, before she was one. Impressive, eh? he he he
This from How music affects your child's brain,,6wk0,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=2

Music speaks in a language that children instinctively understand. It draws children (as well as adults) into its orbit, inviting them to match its pitches, incorporate its lyrics, move to its beat, and explore its emotional and harmonic dimensions in all their beauty and depth. Meanwhile, its physical vibrations, organized patterns, engaging rhythms, and subtle variations interact with the mind and body in manifold ways, naturally altering the brain in a manner that one-dimensioned rote learning cannot. Children are happy when they are bouncing, dancing, clapping, and singing with someone they trust and love. Even as music delights and entertains them, it helps mold their mental, emotional, social, and physical development -- and gives them the enthusiasm and the skills they need to begin to teach themselves.

There's so much written about the value of music education in children (and adults, too). Have another:

So why did you stop practicing, eh? If you are looking for free downloadable sheet music then you'll want to know about:
Free public domain sheet music library
It's a wiki of free sheet music! Public domain, that is... which pretty much covers every publication up to the 1920's.
Click on petrucci music library takes you to the free public domain sheet music library
Just click on the composer for the pdf.

If you have beginning piano students in your home, then you'll want to visit:
Free sheet music
Great resource for parents, students, teachers. Look around.
Free manuscript paper
Rhythm cards, how to count.

For more advanced piano players:
Free Christmas sheet music as well as other genres.

No secret there are tons of these kinds of sites. Here's a few more:
Includes pop sheet music.
Pop again.
More pop
More classical and pop

And now for the lds free sheet music scene. Here are a few music sites with some music suitable for ward Choirs as well as piano solos. Hope it helps.

1) This is an awesome site. Probably the best known, I'm sure you've already discovered her. Totally copyright free and no charge. Lots of original church music and even better some great hymn arrangments (only the link I provided is saying oops. But you can still click on the links on the site to get where you need to go. I'll update later):

2) Linda Pratt site. Click on the download section:

3) Free lds sheet music and resources for Choirs:

4) Not as popular as Sally deFord but has some good arrangements:

5) Joan Sowards site:

6) This one mostly commercial but scroll down there are a few arrangements that are free:

a blast from the past

Early morning Seminary in Blythe. Ooh, the Tom Trail memories. They were a hoot then, hilarious now. Relive them here:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

what i learned at church today

Sometimes what is said over the pulpit is deeply profound. Not always, but today, yes.

A handsome young man in our ward got up towards the end of the meeting to bear his testimony. I confess I had mostly tuned him out as I was making a to do list. But then my ears perked up.

Handsome young man: ..When I was new to this ward I thought the Bishop was kind of shy. Seems like he didn't talk much. But I'm here to tell you all, the Bishop is A STUD. If you need to talk to him, do it.

Whoa. The Bishop is a stud. Indeed. I had the spirit confirm to me the truthfulness of that statement.

Studly Bishop, in all his studliness:

Can I get an amen?

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. ~Robert Frost

ld and I celebrated yesterday by taking a ride over to Heber. We stopped for shakes at

then headed up and over to Mother and Dad's favorite Utah haunt --Cascade Springs.

We finished up the day by partying it up with the kids. Megs and Kody brought over poppers and we enthusiastically pulled them all. Pop. Boom. Bang. Confetti everywhere. We are such funsters.

Cate helped me blow out my candle.

Thanks for all your good wishes. Right back at 'ya,
53 is a good age. I like now.