The End of Spring

Joyce Fans Celebrate 100th Bloomsday – June 16th

Joyce Fans Celebrate 100th Bloomsday VOA News 16 Jun 2004, 14:39 UTC   From Germany to South Korea, people in countries around the world have begun celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of “Bloomsday,” the day James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses takes place. The entire novel occurs on June 16, 1904, and consists of one day in the life of its fictional hero, Leopold Bloom. Nowhere are the celebrations more enthusiastic than in Dublin, Ireland, the city where, according to the novel, Bloom spends his entire day. Thousands participated in Dublin’s events, which included eating the same breakfast of “pork kidney fried in butter sauce” that Bloom ate to begin his day. They wore 1904 Edwardian costumes, and biked along the route Bloom walks in the novel. While unpopular when first published, many scholars today consider Ulysses one of the 20th century’s greatest English language literary works. Learning Links A celebration of James Joyce: Bloomsday Learn about Dubliners facination with Joyce in this interesting article on Joyce and the celebration of his work.Source: an Scathan Internet Edition The Brazen Head “At the Brazen Head, you will find a ball of electronic twine to aid you in your travels through the labyrinth of Dedalus. Here you will find information and resources on Joyce and his works, links to other Joyce sites across the Web, and miscellaneous Joycean tidbits.”Source: The Brazen Head Celebrating the ‘Bloomsday’ Centennial ” Dublin, says writer Nuala O’Faolin, may be the only city in the world that has both a patron saint and a patron book. The...

Folding the American Flag

Folding the American Flag You may know that the American flag is folded 13 times when it is lowered or when it is passed on to the next of kin at the burial of a Veteran, but you might not know why. Here is a breakdown of what each fold represents . . .     The first fold of our flag is the symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran(s) departing our ranks, who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country and to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; for, as American citizens trusting in God, it is in him we turn to in times of peace as well as in times of war for his divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it still is our country, right or wrong.” The sixth fold reminds us of the six battle-weary fighters who vigilantly struggled to the top of Mount Suribache on Iwo Jima during World War II. Once there, they proudly raised above the battle our flag, the symbol “that we all hold dear,” the symbol of “freedom, democracy, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It is our duty to defend the flag which stands for them all. The seventh fold is for where our hearts lie. It...

A Poem For Dads

� Cam Cardow Right around the time I turned three, his deep voice entered my memory. I needed to hear I was good enough, that my awkward years would make a diamond from the rough. I always was the apple of his eye that beheld my every mistake and turned it into pride. He gave me gifts of wisdom way beyond my years, he showed me there could be love even through the tears. A devoted champion he comes in many forms: mechanic, carpenter, handyman, a witness when I was born. Sports fanatic, tutor, a great big hugger, artist, war hero, news anchor, scholar, medicine man, dream weaver, and music lover. Some are by blood, some linked by hearts, it matters not how fathers get the part. If Heaven’s gates await then that’s where I’ll be, once again coming home to where my dad waits for me. Cite this… (new...

Black Music Month

Black Music Month June   On May 31st, 2002, President Bush proclaimed the month of June to be Black Music Month.  Recognition of this critical part of American heritage will be highlighted all month long with various events urging citizens to revel in the many forms of music from gospel to hip-hop. African-American musicians, singers, and composers have contributed an immense amount to our nation’s history. It should be acknowledged and celebrated.  Below are some links to get you started in the exploration of this vast area of musical talents.  We’ve also added a timeline of links that explores important people through biographies and music samples.  Take part in this celebration and learn something new! Black Music Month A Timeline of the People Learning Links for Black Music Month Presidential Proclamation This is a copy of the official proclamation in which President Bush announced that June is Black Music Month.  Read what this celebration is all about. Source:     U.S. Department of State      Archives of African-American Music and Culture The archives of african music and american culture Source:     Indiana University   Musical Styles and Genres The cbmr  Simply click on the genre of music to read a brief definition of its style. Source:     Columbia College Chicago Center for Black Music Research Library Resources The CBMR Library Resources includes research services, bibliographies and music lists, a discography of music by black composers, many musical styles and genres, and selected archival materials. Source:     Columbia College Chicago   The Red Hot Jazz Archive The Red Hot Jazz Archive tells the history of jazz before 1930.  Is a place to study and enjoy the early music of jazz.  Using multimedia technology and combining the best...

Flag Day

Flag Day originated when a schoolteacher arranged for his pupils to celebrate the ‘Flag’s Birthday’ on the anniversary of the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ on June 14th. In 1894, the governor of New York directed the American flag be displayed on all public buildings on June 14th, and the day became known as Flag Day.

A Dad’s Poem (for those no longer with us)

  A Dad’s Poem Remembering those no longer with us. Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone.   And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees a dad who never calls.   There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats. One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed.   At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, a man who wasn’t there. “Where’s her daddy at?” she heard a boy call out. “She probably doesn’t have one,” another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, “Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.”   The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on. And with hands behind her back, slowly...

The American Flag

The American Flag   Where exactly did our national flag come from?  Believe it or not, no one knows!  Historians ventured a guess and thought perhaps a man named Francis Hopkinson designed it.  It was also believed that a seamstress from Philadelphia named Betsy Ross hand-sewed the first official flag.  It is certain that a man named Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, a song about the flag.  It wasn’t until June 24th, 1912 that an Executive Order was given recognizing the flag as our national symbol. There were many variations of the flag flown as the country was formed, but finally on June 14th, 1777 (Flag Day or the Flag’ s Birthday), the final design was established.  The American Flag began with 13 stripes of alternating red and white, and 13 white stars in a blue field.  This represented the ‘New Constellation’ that was the 13 colonies.  It wasn’t until August 21st, 1959 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows staggered horizontally and 11 rows staggered vertically as we see the flag today.   Flag Day originated when a schoolteacher arranged for his pupils to celebrate the ‘Flag’s Birthday’ on the anniversary of the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ on June 14th.  In 1894 the governor of New York directed that on this day the Flag be displayed on all public buildings.  Finally in 1942, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance, although one year later the Supreme Court would rule that school kids could not be forced to recite it. What do you need to know...