Larry’s Advent Calendar

As he has for the past six years my dear Larry has created a virtual Advent Calendar to count down the days until the Feast of the Nativity.  I’ll quote from Larry’s entry for this first day of Advent by way of introduction: 

Previous years I have posted Roman windows, doors, gates, angels and fountains. This year I will continue my Advent Calendar tradition with Modern Churches in Rome. It is a type of building that is usually not seen in the Eternal City by most visitors (and residents). Every day of Advent you will be able to log in and see a different church of the 20th or 21st century that I have encountered here in Rome.

A click on this very beautiful modern church door by Igor Mitoraj will lead you to the beginning of Larry’s photo tour through some of the 250 modern churches often overlooked amongst the baroque splendour that dominates the city.

Another door by Mitoraj – one of the two for Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri – posted on the sidebar will give you access to each day’s door and another modern church in our beloved Roma.

December 1 – 1885: First serving of the soft drink Dr Pepper at a drug store in Waco, Texas .

A Quick Bit of Sharing

Normally when I do a “Sharing” post it contains photos from a recent trip and links to postings I’ve read on some of my favourite blogs. But this time its just one item.

My friend Larry over at Amoroma has always been a source of great enjoyment with his wonderful Advent Calendar, trips with the school and “birdwalks” through Roma and “beyond the walls”. He had taken a well-deserved rest in January – if a quick trip to the U.S., getting back into the school year and all his other interests and activities can be considered rest.

His first “birdwalk” of the New Year took him past a monument but not one of the old Roman kind. This is a sculpture by Mimmo Paladino not just to victims of the Nazi Holocaust but to all who would be potential targets of fascism, racism or discrimination.

A left click on the shackled hands will take you to Larry’s photos and remarks on a work that I find a true memorial to the Holocaust.  And hopefully a warning to future generations.

01 febbraio – Santa Verdiana

Advent 2010

Over at AMOROMA my friend Larry continues his tradition of an Advent Calender to mark off the days until the celebration of Christmas. In previous years he has taken us daily through Roman Windows, Roman Doors and Roman Gates; this year he has created his calender from a remarkable series of angels that are omnipresent in architecture and decoration throughout our adopted city..

A left click will take you to the first day of Advent on Larry’s Calender.

Once again this year I’ll be providing a daily link to open the virtual door at Larry’s site and reveal the angelic delight and reading for the day to be found there.

01 decembre – Sant’Eligio di Noyon

Latin Lovers …. Postscript

Just after I posted that silly poll I came across this rather sweet little item from my friend Larry over at Amoroma.

And this certainly scores points for romantic.. and damn it even sensitive.

Colour me wrong … or at least wrong in this one instance. He may have moved the Italian team up a notch!

30 settembre – San Sofronio Eusebio Girolamo


Haven’t done one of these posts in a while. Again not that I haven’t read some wonderful stuff just that two very active puppies (and some really heavy ballet review translations) have been keeping me a tad busy. And I also have done any GPP or GPV items in over a week. So why not combine the two. Here’s some posts I’ve enjoyed and a few pics of the deadly duo – though I realized I have more photos of Nora than Nicky – maybe because she stays still long enough.

It hard to believe they were ever this small … this friendly … or this quiet. They both weigh in at slightly over 2 kgs now, fight constantly and seem to have boundless energy. Hell they’re puppies of course they have boundless energy.
  • She hasn’t been blogging regularly for a while but as always when she does Big Ass Belle hits the mark every time. Her most recent post reminded me of the big part that serendipity has played in my own life and has even encouraged me to start working on a post about it.

Okay we have a moment of repose here but it’s just in preparation for the next assault on the race course that use to be the hallway.
  • Also absent for awhile, Elizabeth has such a full creative plate that she can be forgiven for not putting in more frequent appearances. Her recent trip to New York brought back memories of previous times in a city that helped shape her life.

Stick with me kid, says our Nora. I’m older than you and been around more, ’cause its just you and me against the world. Very appropriately Dashiell Hammett don’t you think?
  • Always a keen observer of the world – and with plenty experience of it – Helen has penned her most recent letter to Margaret and has a few words about Mr Obama and some things that were better left unsaid.

The house tends to be a bit on the dark side – no direct sunlight anyway because of all the angles. But there is a nice spot out on the service balcony that was just made for sunning.
  • It seems the ladies – I was going to type women but you know in my mind every one of them is a lady, sorry I’m old-fashioned that way – I know in blogdom are a busy lot. Cowbell has been busy with work and a few adult education opportunities including learning Spanish. Her class has given her food for thought and for a post.

Nick always likes to make sure the bed covers are perfectly arranged before a good night’s sleep.

  • For awhile there Sunday drives with Jeff was becoming a regular feature of my life, however there were a few Sundays when he had more pressing things to do. I’m glad to say he’s returned to take us through the high and by ways of the LA area. In the past two weeks he’s shown us cool signs with a decidedly 50s feel and then stopped off at a BBQ pit for some ribs and more 50s nostalgia.

Nora is completely unimpressed with the internet – its just too modern. She tends to be an old fashioned girl – the sort who hides demurely behind the lace curtains when she isn’t chewing on them!
  • And finally my friend Larry spent a few days in and around Sienna and has shared several posts about that lovely area of our adopted country. Rather than list them all why not just go over to AmoRoma and do a bit of a “birdwalk”.

Good reading and you’ll have to excuse me I have two puppies who have to be walked.

04 agosto – San Giovanni Maria Vianney