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Philipp Spitta Johann Sebastian Bach

Books written in the 19th century, no matter the topic, have a fascinating aura about them which books today have lost to cynicism and practicality.  When you opened one of those old books, you could not be completely sure what you were getting into and there was a sense of adventure and defiance around every corner.  530 more words


Washington DC

“December 9th, 1873. Reached our Nation’s Capital about daylight and almost the first building we saw was that imposing building itself. Went to J. Gove’s to home while in city. 100 more words

this day in crime history: july 21, 1873

On this date in 1873, a group of western bank robbers known as the James-Younger gang tried their hand at train robbery.  The gang sabotaged the track just outside Adair, IA and waited for the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific train’s approach.  124 more words

True Crime

July 3 in San Antonio history...

The old front of San Fernando Cathedral is torn down for renovations.

The Nat “King” Cole Trio plays a concert in the Municipal Auditorium (right). 7 more words


Friends, family, gardens and geology - 1873

The journal entries for the year 1873 are sporadic and mainly brief, but they demonstrate the main features of Thomas’ life and interests in their mix of topics. 605 more words

Thomas Ruddy Biography

Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado

(original two-piano version here)

… except not, because it isn’t. The “Chorale St Antoni” was supposed or assumed at the time to have been composed by Haydn, but later found not to be so; as a result, the piece is sometimes referred to more accurately (although  1,124 more words


The Eustace Diamonds

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope, 4/5

Think Pride and Prejudice in reverse, minus the likeable characters and written by a man.  I loved it!  There was lots of gold digging, emotional manipulation, proposals of marriage, retractions of proposals of marriage, thievery and lies, all presented with the quaint respectability that permeates 19th-century British literature. 19 more words

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