#48: And we may rejoice

Mr Rogers, endangered sounds, Poe’s guide to seashells, and other earthly delights.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

Can You Say…Hero?
(Mr. Rogers Profile Interview)

“Now he was stepping in front of the camera as Mister Rogers, and he wanted to do things right, and whatever he did right, he wanted to repeat. And so, once upon a time, Fred Rogers took off his jacket and put on a sweater his mother had made him, a cardigan with a zipper. Then he took off his shoes and put on a pair of navy-blue canvas boating sneakers. He did the same thing the next day, and then the next…until he had done the same things, those things, 865 times, at the beginning of 865 television programs, over a span of thirty-one years.”

Lofty Only in Sound:
Crossed Wires and Community in 19th-Century Dreams

“Dreams so often feel trivial and momentous at the same time. They hold the promise of revelation if only one could pin down a face, a location – like the common dream of words on a page that dissolve just before their meaning registers. The history of dream interpretation is almost as slippery as dreams themselves; the practice spans cultures, but manifests in highly-specific forms, shaped by particular ways of understanding the relationship between mind and world.”

Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists
“Something there is that can refresh and revivify older people: joy in the activities of the younger generation — a joy, to be sure, that is clouded by dark forebodings in these unsettled times. And yet, as always, the springtime sun brings forth new life, and we may rejoice because of this new life and contribute to its unfolding; and Mozart remains as beautiful and tender as he always was and always will be.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

The museum of endangered sounds.
And the museum of hotel keys.
Some very handsome passports.
Some rather impressive matchstick creations.
Intriguing migrations of the world.
Harvesting fog for drinking water.
The $1 microscope.
Walt Whitman’s guide to manly health.
Edgar Allan Poe’s best-selling seashell textbook.
And an interactive tour of the Garden of Earthly Delights.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Intricate courtship creations of the puffer fish.
The wonders of the acquired savant.
A lot of effort went into the most unwanted song.
Why we should draw more (and photograph less).
And a peek into the world of mini golf mastery.