The Ladder of St. Augustine

The Ladder of St. Augustine By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Saint Augustine!  well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame!All common things, each day's events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we may ascend.The low desire, the base design, That makes another's virtues less; The revel of the ruddy wine, And all occasions of excess;The longing for … [Read more...]

Oh Lord, I Want to Be in That Number!

Happy Birthday, Louis Armstrong!"He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way."With his flashy cornet and trumpet playing and his raspy voice,  Armstrong was a profound influence on the American music scene.  Here is one of my favorites: "When the Saints Go Marching In." it! … [Read more...]