Category Archives: Art-Music-Lit

First thoughts on Inside Out

We saw Inside Out last night and loved it (as with everything from Pixar, including the adorable Lava short). Inside Out provides a fresh vocabulary of concrete images for explaining who we are and how we feel.* Here are some … Continue reading

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Song of Falling Leaves

by Susanna Joy Magruder Listen to the song of falling leaves. Observe with a hastening breath. for Before the hour of their demise Their faces shine with a burning sun; Many jewels across the tumbling wind. From a sulfur glazed … Continue reading

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Desolation

“I see fire” lyrics Ed Sheeran wrote and performed this song on the very day he first saw the second installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Read the story on Jackson’s Facebook page, where Jackson explains: “This is his direct … Continue reading

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Arwen’s vigil

Susanna now has her own YouTube channel! Her first movie is “Arwen’s vigil,” a Lord of the Rings fan video. Watch it and see if you agree with me that it offers a very moving account of Arwen’s story: The … Continue reading

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Dueling Spocks

Now I want an Audi. —–

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What are your dreams?

Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow. This was one of the first poems I … Continue reading

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Under the Starry Skies of J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Frost

Update: I’ve revised and expanded this presentation and post a bit in preparation for two talks tomorrow (3/5/13) at Norman North High School. Should be fun! —– Tonight I’m giving an informal presentation at the OKC Astronomy Club on the … Continue reading

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I NÚMENNA, discovered by Rachel Folmar

Previous posts: | Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars | Middle Earth astronomy | One evening years ago, near bedtime, Candace and I were surprised when Rachel came down from her room where she had been hard at work on … Continue reading

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Middle Earth astronomy, by Rachel Folmar

Previous post: | Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars |This post: | Commentary | Summary | Resources | Note || Next post: Into the West | Read the full, uninterrupted text of the poem in the previous post. Commentary follows … Continue reading

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Lindë Elenion, by Rachel Folmar

Lindë Elenion, Song of the Stars Even-time is drawing nigh And in the fastly dimming sky Bright Anor sinks her flaming head And silver Ithil, round and fair, Ascends once more the starry road Of night, and mighty figures high. … Continue reading

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