January 23, 2013
When I was at Padua from 1961-65 this was the name given to that area of Padua Prep located on the second floor right off the central core of the building. It was essentially over the refectory running to the back of the building, and ending in the kitchen storerooms.
Or, was another name extant when you were at Padua?
This odd place has always been at the back of my mind, and nobody ever talks about it. This may mean that it really had no significance, or it could conjure up images, real or imagined, of strange goings on. While at Padua I used to often wander down this area, for no one ever seemed to mind, and there was never ever mention of earning a demerit for doing so.
I was fascinated by the small rooms that it contained with odd remnants of wallpaper on its walls. People seemed to use it for storage, so after one of my years there I left some of my text books in one of its rooms, only to find that when I returned in the fall they were gone. Who knows where these books went to on the “lost corridor?”
Maybe I don’t really want to know the truth behind this fascinating , hidden corner of the old school. Maybe there is more enchantment in having its history remain hidden. Nonetheless, there is so much I really never understood about Padua, until I left, that this “lost corridor” seems to beckon to me for recognition.
January 17, 2013
The Gallery on the website got a serious makeover, even though the content remained unchanged. This was long over due, and only time and limited options were the excuses. Having some time and also improved options from when the premiere Gallery made its appearance ten years ago, I decided to take the leap and overhaul it.
Some may not like the dark appearance, but actually it does enhance the display of the photos. I’m not totally sold on the degree of darkness, and may change it to shades of grey, depending on my mood.
First of all, let me know if you have problems using it. You may have to refresh your browser to get it to work. I don’t know why this is happening but may be related to the theme design that I’m using. It may be slow in working also, depending on your computer. The interface is minimalistic, meaning navigating the blog is not clear sometimes. Mousing over the photos will reveal more info. The navigation bar is in the upper right corner of the screen; there is a slideshow option there also.
In the past several alumni had posting privileges to upload photos. Those usernames and passwords will not work anymore. I’ve added a Registration feature (see upper right corner of screen) for anyone to register so they may post again (this would also allow you to comment on photos). Also note that some of the photo credits were lost in the transfer over to the new site. In time I hope to restore them. If prior posters re-register this will make it easier for me to do, since you will re-gain control over your photo albums. Lastly, there is a Captcha feature to eliminate spam (this was a problem in the past).
If there is anything I missed let me know. By the way, a very nice feature of the Gallery (which has always been there) is that if you click on individual photos they will enlarge a good degree. Enjoy.
January 11, 2013
Most of the things in my life that keep me going are small but fundamental, and there are a lot of them. Say, for instance, feeling the softness of a warm sweater in winter, or the harmony of design when I look at my wife’s garden. There are so many of them, they are often clustered into the realm of insignificance, but they are far from insignificant.
On the other hand, there are big things in my life that keep me going, and they are overwhelming and infrequent. An example may be the New England Patriots winning the Super Bowl, since I’m from Rhode Island and 40 minutes from Gillette Stadium. Another may be a creative idea which may impel me to organize a work project. These large moments of life appear to be the bully on the block as compared to the small things. Continue reading Take Me Home
January 3, 2013
Eric von Däniken published “Chariots of the Gods” in 1968. You may remember seeing tv commercials advertising his book back then. The book has been translated into at least 32 languages and together has sold more than 63 million copies.
Von Däniken was born in Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland in 1934. Brought up a strict Catholic, he attended the international Catholic school Saint-Michel in Fribourg, Switzerland. During his time at the school he rejected the church’s interpretations of the Bible, and developed an interest in astronomy and the phenomenon of flying saucers. He subsequently dropped out of school and lived a rather corrupt life prior to publication of the book. He was accused and convicted of embezzlement, fraud and forgery to fund and his research and book. He is by far considered a leading authority on the subject with an extensive research library. Continue reading Ancient Aliens in the Bible and a Padua Religion Class?
January 2, 2013
Some Finger Lake Tidbits
Now that I’m retired I do find myself watching a little more TV. My favorite Channel is one of the History Channels. Chad’s mention of Lake Cayuga and the Twilight Zone also reminded me of a program I recently watched “How the Earth was Formed, The Great Lakes”. In that program Glacial Lake Iroquois formed some 14,000 years ago and covered what is now Lake Ontario. This peaked my interest. What effect did Glacial Lake Iroquois have on the Finger Lakes. As it turns out probably none. The Finger Lakes originated as a series of northward-flowing rivers and were formed over the last two million years by glacial carvings of old stream valleys.
Although from the Map of Glacial Lake Iroquois some of the lakes were actually part of Glacial Lake Iroquios some 13,000 to 14,000 years ago.
January 2, 2013
It may seem odd that at this time of year I choose to post something about one of my favorite writers, Rod Serling. But there is a certain synchronicity about this. For one, Rod was born on December 25, 1924, had a summer home in Interlaken, NY, and named the Production Company of the famed Twilight Zone, the Cayuga Productions (named by Rod and Carol Serling after Cayuga Lake).
I continually have the pleasure of running into different episodes of his Twilight Zone series on TV. And, if one can put aside the obvious fact or, should I say, inclination to dismiss it as sheer fantasy, the stories ring true of real life moments, not to say real story telling which touches not only the fantasy but the heart. Continue reading The Twilight Zone