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Philip Crossman
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On the Hearts Beginning to Cloud the Mind By Robert Frost REVIEW Something I saw or thought I saw In the desert at midnight in Utah, Looking out of my lower berth At moonlit sky and moonlit earth. The sky had here and there a star; The earth had a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Lone Striker by Robert Frost There was a law of God or man That on the one who came too late The gate for half an hour be locked, His time be lost, his pittance docked. He stood rebuked and unemployed. The straining mill began to shake. The mill,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Riders by Robert Frost Review The surest thing there is is we are riders, And though none too successful at it, guiders, Through everything presented, land and tide And now the very air, of what we ride. What is this talked-of mystery of birth But being mounted bareback on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Flower Boat by Robert Frost Frost’s poem, “The Flower Boat” seems simple on the surface. An old man swaps stories in the barber shop. Meanwhile, the fishing boat that he spent so much of his life in is now being used as a large flower pot next to his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
A Soldier by Robert FROST REVIEW He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled, That lies unlifted now, come dew, come rust, But still lies pointed as it plowed the dust. If we who sight along it round the world, See nothing worthy to have been its mark, It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Last Day on Mars REVIEW Back when my son Skyler was attending school at RIT, he often participated in “Zombie wars” where hundreds of students tried to evade being turned into zombies for an entire week. I do believe that his pride over surviving one of these weeks surpassed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Mr. Nobody REVIEW­ If you watch this entire movie and you do NOT understand it, it will drive you crazy. If you watch this entire movie and you DO understand it, it will drive you crazy. That is the gist of it. First, my evaluation. Second, my explanation. Spoilers Ahead.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Thatch by Robert Frost REVIEW Out alone in the winter rain, Intent on giving and taking pain. But never was I far out of sight Of a certain upper-window light. The light was what it was all about: I would not go in till the light went out; It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
"Bereft" by Robert Frost REVIEW Where had I heard this wind before Change like this to a deeper roar? What would it take my standing there for, Holding open a restive door, Looking down hill to a frothy shore? Summer was past and the day was past. Sombre clouds in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Rocketman REVIEW “Real Love’s hard to come by. So you find a way to cope without it.” This film would suggest that human beings have yet to find a viable alternative however. What it does do is verify that there are a number of coping mechanisms that you should dispense... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Serenity REVIEW Serenity REVIEW First, let me just say that this is one of those films that few people will probably enjoy because they will not “get” what is going on. Second, my review of it is full of plot spoilers. If you want to watch it yourself and work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Paradise Lost REVIEW I spent the day today reading Milton’s Paradise Lost. Clearly, one would need to spend a lifetime to understand it entirely with all its allusions to Classical literature and Biblical theology. One day is like one day of scuba diving in the Pacific Ocean. But it is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Chambermaid REVIEW "I believe that some day it will be found out that peasants are people. Yes, beings in a great many respects like ourselves. And I believe that some day they will find this out, too—and then! Well, then I think they will rise up and demand to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Robert Frost: “Star in a Stone Boat” REVIEW This poem is growing on me (as do many of Frost’s poems). I always strive to understand a Frost poem in the exact way that I think he intended it to be understood but there are times when I think that he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware REVIEW Bronnie Ware has spent a good deal of her life caring for dying people. Her book is full of their stories and the messages that they conveyed to her about life as they were dying. I suspect that we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Breathe In REVIEW It seems every few months I come across a movie that deals with the emotional causes and consequences of marital affairs. What makes a couple vulnerable to them? What makes them possible, likely, inevitable? What makes people believe that they are good ideas? What damage is caused... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Tolkein REVIEW Aside from being a great origin tale for understanding where J.R.R. Tolkien got so many of his ideas for his Lord of the Rings Trilogy, this is another one of those classic love stories where a young love manages to survive the tests that young love often does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Escape at Danamora Part Seven REVIEW The last episode of the HBO series, Escape at Danamora picks up the story of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat as they attempt to make their way from the manhole cover outside of Clinton prison in Danamora, NY to some proverbial “freedom” in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Dark Money REVIEW Dark Money attempts to bring to the surface the negative consequences of allowing corporate money to infest elections. It does not make any effort to show us how corporate money might be also used to enlighten them. One might argue that the sierra club and the United... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Range Finding by Robert Frost https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44271/range-finding I think Robert Frost’s poem, “Range Finding” is deceptively simple in many ways but still thought provoking. First of all, you can identify it as a Petrarchan Sonnet because of the eight-line then pivot and six-line structure. A Petrarchan Sonnet will typically discuss an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Seven Types of Atheism REVIEW One often hears people referring to “Christians” as though that term described a singular point of view. In reality, we know that there are many kinds and many denominations of Christianity. There are Lutherans, Pentecostals, Quakers, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Anglicans to name a few.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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A Divided Poet REVIEW David Sanders’ book A Divided Poet: Robert Frost, North of Boston, and the Drama of Disappearance is a thought provoking look at Robert Frost’s conflicted relationship with the subjects of the poems in North of Boston. Each of the poems in the book receives some form... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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One More Kiss REVIEW Amor ti vieta di non amar. La man tua lieve, che mi respinge, cercava la stretta della mia man: la tua pupilla esprime: T'amo se il labbro dice: Non t'amero! Translation Love forbids you not to love That gentle hand that repulses me sought the pressure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
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Lectures in School Keeping by Samuel Reed Hall (1829) Samuel Read Hall (October 27, 1795 – June 24, 1877) was an educator and later clergyman who wrote the first teachers training manual for teachers in the United States (published in 1829 with a companion volume for female teachers in 1832).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Code By Robert Frost REVIEW https://poets.org/poem/code “The town-bred farmer failed to understand” Robert frost’s poem is about communication in farming culture but it applies to communication in any work culture where bosses and the people who work for them have to communicate with one another (like the place where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader