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Oct132009

Bless this House

Hi Sarah,

So the turkey was lasagne. But it was great because I didn't have to make it. No, really, it was delicious because my daughter made it. Besides, according to Beppi Crosariol (a male foodie in last weekend’s Globe) it's in to serve alternatives. Families are down in size from Dickens' time and it seems hard to round up enough people to finish off an entire bird. People are actually looking for the non-traditional. I am starting to catch the meaning of weltschmerz

Speaking of which, my last student on Thursday oozed attitude, as usual. Lizzy doesn't like her daddy's second wife from Italy. I think that by now she's got six grandparents and how does a pubescent youngster keep up with all that. Lizzie plays piano with something akin to penguin flippers and avoids using her third finger entirely. And here I'm reading lofty books like Artistry in Piano Teaching by the well-known Menahem Pressler. It's a challenge to apply his insights to this particular student, although the chapter, Principles of Relaxation, could fit the bill ‘cause she’s so fuckin’ tense. Lizzy arrived at the lesson for the second time this year with no books and with wet hair from a previous swimming class. Admiring herself in the gleaming black piano she proceeded to thread her fingers through her hair, shaking small sections of it vigorously, creating a makeshift dryer while spraying the keys. Needless to say, one of my famous lectures about proper behaviour ensued. Even her freckles turned red!

Such a relief to take off to Niagara for the weekend! Once I was settled on the train with the glorious fall colours all around me, I delved into my saved up articles re. e-books, Kindle and DRM (digital rights management, similar to copyrights) According to author Anthony Zuiker (he must be a fellow Dutchman of mine with a name meaning, sugar) the digi-novel will eventually wipe out all books and libraries as we know them today. Yeah, right! Check out his Level 26:Dark Origins. It's all about the importance of the interactive element in writing. Will save an article for you about St. Mike's Kelly Library, Tomes, e-books and Coffee. It’s on the same topic.

Bless this House oh Lord we pray! Make it safe by night and day: That was the solo sung at Sunday morning's Thanksgiving Mass at St. Paul's (where my daughter Catherine was married this past summer). I wandered for a moment back into my days of being fourteen again. I don’t know what it was that gave me chills that morning -- probably the combination of hearing those eerily familiar words, plus sitting beside my now grown daughter and her new husband. It was just so my era, that song being the most meaningful solo reserved for special occasions at Notre Dame Academy, my alma mater. In my head, Mrs. Funella was standing up there again, singing the early morning Requiem from the chapel balcony (we attended Mass daily, well before classes even started). Every morning as we stood beside our desks, before even opening a book, we sang God Save the Queen. After school the Glee Club worked on Dvorak’s Goin’ Home from The New World Symphony with Sister Dorothea waving her arms in time to the grandiose phrases, the sleeves of her black habit swaying like sails in the wind. Hildegarde is not quite like that but a bit of a blend where the sentimental merges well with all things 21st Century.

I’ll find out about the course of studies. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, being originally written, as you say, for a younger audience, was particularly poignant for me as I had just visited Auschwitz when I read it and I could picture every room the commandant had entered. Disturbing, but nevertheless educational. The Globe Books section mentioned one of this year's Giller Nominees, Colin McAdam, who wrote Fall, set in an Ottawa boarding school 12 years ago. I haven’t read it yet but apparently there are undercurrents of Catcher in the Rye. You may find your modern Holden there.

Time to make the hot chocolate. It's that time of year and I need to relax and rev up again for the next lap that'll take us to Christmas. I wonder about this crazy speeded up world. Nothing anymore like the Bless This House era. Not at all!

Adria

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i'd like to see the article about st.mike's kelly library. haven't been there for ages and would love to know what's happening there these days.

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