Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Obligatory Halloween Post

I couldn’t quite let Halloween pass without mentioning it on my blog. It can be pretty fun, dressing up in silly clothes, eating chocolate, and seeing if the TV stations are running anything interesting (and they are. I’m proud of them). One of my contributions for the day is this intriguing little article entitled “A Catholic Field Guide to the Undead”. Really, how can you not love an article with that title?

My other contribution is a posting of “Masquerade” from The Phantom of the Opera. Although this particular number was set closer to New Year’s Day, it’s got masks and cool costumes, so it also fits the bill for Halloween.


N.B.: For any Catholics who may be reading this, I just want to remind you that tomorrow is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. So you need to attend either a Vigil Mass tonight or the Feast Mass tomorrow. Now you can’t say you didn’t know. 😉


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Update: I Didn’t Miss It!

You know how earlier I was talking about my plans to do National Blog Post Month in November even though I was beginning to suspect I had missed it? Well, I didn’t! I can do it officially! Hooray! And to celebrate, I’m posting the official picture.

NaBloPoMo November 2012Yes, you’ll be seeing a lot more from me in the coming days…

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Happy Feast of Christ the King!

Today is the feast of Christ the King, a special day set aside to acknowledge Christ’s kingship over everything. I think this is one of my favorite feast days because of how epic everything gets to be. Our chant even has some extra punch to it today:

“Wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “Silly Emerald, the Feast of Christ the King isn’t until November. You’re early.”

Answer: No, I’m not. In the old calendar (Extraordinary Form), this feast was set on the last Sunday in October–possibly to coincide with the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, but I’m not 100% certain that’s the case, so don’t quote me on that (conjecture on my part).

So, anyway, enjoy the mood music I provided above, and Happy Feast of Christ the King!

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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Advance Notice

I just wanted to put it out there that if my posts seem to amazingly multiply during the month of November, it’s because I’ll be attempting National Blog Post Writing Month. It’s a challenge to see if you can make at least one blog post every day for one month. Actually it goes on every month; I’m just doing it in November because the first time I saw anything about it, it was listed as being in November–only now I can’t find the original article about its being in November, and there was brief spell where I was mournfully thinking I had missed the whole thing. But I don’t think I have, and even if I have, I’ll just do it anyway–because that’s how I am.

Fortunately November is an exciting month where all sorts of fun things happen–we’ve got All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, Thanksgiving, the 49th anniversary of Doctor Who, the only model horse show that is held in my area anymore (there used to be a lot more, but now there’s just one–another rant for another time), and probably a host of other things I’m forgetting at the moment. Oh, yes, Advent begins towards the end of November, so there’ll no doubt be a post or two about that. Needless to say, there will be lots of things about which to post. And if, for some reason, there is nothing about which to post, I will either make something up or just post Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera videos.

Either way, this should be fun. Feel free to join in the madness!


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Current Condition: Content and Happy

This is going to be an extremely random post about nothing in particular, really. It’s the end of a long, busy week, and in retrospect I can look back and be pleased at how productive it was even if it was frying my brain at times. I had a good fish dinner tonight, watched a good episode of Cadfael, and have a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling on the inside that comes from being content and happy. To add to the randomness, I’m including a clip of “Wandering Child” from The Phantom of the Opera for no other reason than that it adds to the contented happiness–not to mention it includes good singing, fireballs, and an awesome hat.

Over and out.

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“Doctor Who” Author for Second Half of Series 7

So it’s recently been confirmed that acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, the mastermind behind the award-winning episode “The Doctor’s Wife” from Series 6, has written another Doctor Who episode that will air in the second half of Series 7 (which means it will hit small-screens sometime in January 2013).

I was very excited to hear about this since, in my opinion anyway, “The Doctor’s Wife” was one of the best episodes from Series 6 (along with “Night Terrors”, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon”, and “The Girl Who Waited”–again, all in my opinion). I can’t wait to see what treat he’s got in store for us this time!

Neil Gaiman (Author), Surraine Jones (Idris/The TARDIS), and Matt Smith (The Doctor) from Series 6's "The Doctor's Wife"

Neil Gaiman (Author), Surraine Jones (Idris/The TARDIS), and Matt Smith (The Doctor) from Series 6’s “The Doctor’s Wife”


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Random “Once Upon a Time” Theory

So the ABC drama Once Upon a Time is three weeks into its second season, and already we’ve learned some interesting things. The biggest item of interest would seem to be that when Regina, the Evil Queen from the Snow White story, cast her spell to exile everyone in the land to Storybrooke, Maine, she wasn’t entirely successful. There was one corner of the fairy tale land where the inhabitants remained behind in a land ravaged by Regina’s curse. The survivors have no idea why they remained in their homeland when everyone else got sent to our world.

Here’s where my theory comes in. We learned in the second episode of the current season that one of the survivors of the Send-Everyone-to-Maine-for-All-Eternity curse was Cora Mills, Regina the Evil Queen’s mother. And as magical and evil as Regina is, Cora is ten times worse. Is it possible that Cora used her powers to protect that area of the Enchanted Forest because she didn’t want to spend all eternity in Maine? It would explain how something as powerful as a Rumpelstiltskin-originated-Regina-enacted spell would fail to carry everyone over; Cora’s magical abilities are easily more potent than Regina’s. And with her two serious magical rivals (Rumpelstiltskin and Regina) trapped in Maine, that would leave her free to become Evil Magical Overlord of what is left of the Enchanted Forest.

As I said in the title, it’s a random theory. But it explains a lot.


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