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 [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 [Read More...]

A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping


Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015 In 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 [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 [Read More...]

SSF: “My Mum is an Airplane”

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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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.


As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]