My Favorite Mozart

Mozart was born 259 years ago today. It was a Tuesday (apparently). And it created waves in the musical world that are being felt to this day.Also, I don't have a "favorite Mozart." That's pretty much an impossible task.What I do have, though, is something I've been streaming at work today in honor of his birthday. (It's on the short list of "My Favorite Mozarts." Or at least it would be, if I had one. But I don't, because that's impossible. Remember?)It's the Andantino from his C … [Read More...]


SSF: “Helium Harvey”

I might be posting today's Summa Short Film (SSF) almost entirely because I know that Cormac (Son #6) will think it's hilarious. Might be, I said. Might not be, though. So don't judge me.Also, I realize this description's a trifle literal, but stick with it. You won't be sorry.Helium Harvey is a curious boy exploring his backyard. After breathing in helium to change his voice, he turns into a balloon and goes on an airborne adventure around the world.Love the "whales and ic … [Read More...]


SVS: “Get Low”

"I guess for every one like me, there's one like you, son. I about forgot that."I recently had the opportunity to gather with a few cinepheliac friends for a re-watch of one of my favorite films from 2009: the Aaron Schneider-helmed, Robert Duvall-showcasing Get Low, which is currently streaming on both NETFLIX INSTANT and YOUTUBE($). And is also available from AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO($$$), though purchasing is the only option there. (Hence the multiple dollar signs.)Robert Duvall stars as i … [Read More...]


A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping

Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. — USCCBThus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitt … [Read More...]


Max Zorn: Using the Familiar in Astonishing Ways

"I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork."That quote (and image) come from one Max Zorn. Max is an artist; a street artist from Amsterdam, in fact. And his medium is brown packing tape.The material I use is brown packing tape, which I stick on layers of thin acrylic glass sheets. The more layers of tape I add, the darker the shades on the artwork become. The different shades of brown allow me to shape out my s … [Read More...]

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SSF: “My Mum is an Airplane”

Well, isn't this just as charming as all get-out? A young boy imagines his mother to be an airplane who travels to exotic lands.Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Yulia Aronova, who made this work available via a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. … [Read More...]


Ol’ Man Willow’s Got a Brand New Coat

So, it didn't exactly snow last night. But I'm not sure it rimed, either. Or hoarfrosted, because there wasn't much in the way of ice. It was more like feathering.But whatever it did, it was gorgeous.Attribution(s): Me. … [Read More...]


GUEST POST: Being Charlie Hebdo

Taking a moment from my website restructure to share a friend’s thoughts on the recent tragedy in Paris. (We’ll call this friend “Mrs. Joe.”)Before yesterday, I had never heard of Charlie Hebdo.  Would that that were still true.My first exposure to it, coming almost simultaneously with the news of the massacre at its offices, was a repost on Facebook of a grossly offensive cartoon of the Trinity.  So all morning, my horror of the attack was muddled up in my thoughts with my horror o … [Read More...]


Pardon My Dust

Today, stumbling about in a Christmas-induced haze, I have come to the shocking realization that I've been blogging for a little more than two years here at Summa This, Summa That. Yep, that's right. Two+ at The Ol' ST,ST --  aka, pretty much longer than I've focused on any one thing in my entire life.Wow. Time really does fly when you're having fun.It's been a blast, for sure. But things have gotten a bit loosey-goosey, as well. (Yes, I love gif posts. No, I'm not sure that's the way I w … [Read More...]


“For unto us a child is born”

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.Attribution(s): "The Adoration of the Shepherds" by Giovanni Lanfranco; image provided by Bridgeman Images and licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. … [Read More...]