Monday, March 10, 2014

far simoorie

Forgotten, forgotten the sweat of the shambles
Where the hill-daisy blooms and the gray monkey gambols

In "The Ballad of Boh Da Thone", Rudyard Kipling describes a rather horrific turn of events in colonial India.  I came across it yesterday as I was helping Will find a poem to recite.  I didn't suggest Boh Da Thone.  The lines above felt very personal, I've watched those gray monkeys gambol, and I like to imagine the hill-daisy as the dahlia that peppered the hillside.  I think the shambles refers to the less retiring places of India, while the captain is reflecting from his perch in Simoorie.  The site above notes that Simoorie refers to Mussoorie, which I had suspected before.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

bead chain

This is fun.  How did information like this get around before the internet?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Listen to Page CXVI.  I don't know if you have ever listened to this band, but I really recommend them.  Joie and I came across them awhile back and I have been blessed to have their music.  They are about to release a new album, "Lent to Maundy Thursday".

Here is one of the new songs.  You can stream the whole album here. 

Here are a couple from their other albums.  They have a lot posted on the SoundCloud site.