November 01, 2011

Mid-Week Clippings

Ah!  It is only Tuesday and I already have about 25 stories I want to share with you.  I am going to clear the decks.

+ I have not tried the recipes from blog Hungry Ghost Food + Travel, but, my goodness, the photography is amazing. (That's grape sorbet above.)

Life Lessons from a Fire Breathing Stilt Walking Billionaire (Forbes via Ben Hatke):
Had you been walking through London’s Hyde Park one particular night in 1978, you might have noticed a young man sleeping on a bench. That was Guy. He was eighteen, and had just graduated high school in his native Quebec. He had flown to London to spend the summer wandering as a street performer. With very little money in his pocket, he decided to save cash and spend his first night in Europe on a park bench.
Guy spent that summer around Europe, busking on the streets for tips and studying with some of the best fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and jugglers in the world. With his new performance chops, a few years after returning to Quebec, Guy co-organized on a wild bacchanalian summer arts festival there in 1982 called La Fête Forraine.
At this festival, a young circus troupe, which Guy had started, gave its first public performance.
That troupe, which featured no animals and instead focused on acrobats, dancers, jugglers, stiltwalkers, clowns, mimes, and musicians, was called Cirque du Soleil.
+ Gemütlichkeit: (g-muet-lik-kite) a warm friendliness—belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic...and the opportunity to spend quality time. Aka: the resurgence of Beer Gardens (All About Beer Magazine)

+ Dagny Syversen, the inventor of the most dangerously delicious cookie you'll ever eat, published her take on traditional tea cakes in the most recent issue of Radient (last page).

+ How Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg make those (sometimes creepy, sometimes charming) cinemagraphs, on Mashable.

+ At the All Saints Vigil last night the Dominicans chanted the beautiful, ancient hymn to the saints Concede Nobis Domine. Learn about it here, and listen here.  Or, if you have 45 minutes to spare, you can listen to the entire evening's program here.

+ Also, tomorrow the George Washington University Singers will be singing Faure's Requiem as part of a requiem Mass in celebration of All Soul's Day at St. Stephen Martyr Parish, in Foggy Bottom, at 5.30 pm.


  1. this from missing google reader? :)

  2. (I miss all the things you share already!)