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ROME 22/6 – DAY 10: Wherein a rock evaporated a lot of my time

Sunrise…. sunset… 5:32… 20:48 Ave Maria?  21:15   I committed a crime against humanity here. I have been sketching as I go about. The results have not been good. But here… as I regarded my scratchings… I nearly wept for … Read More

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ROME 22/6 – DAY 9: A pair of Pii

When was sunrise in Rome?  5:32  When is sunset?  20:47   When should the Ave Maria Bell ring?  21:00. NO! 21:15!  We are in a new cycle for the Ave Maria bell.  The time of the ringing moves by 15 minute … Read More

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ROME 22/6 – DAY 8: A Spanish Saint, Tomato & Pig Cheek Sauce, Brutal Self-Assessment

In Rome sunrise was at 5:32 and, though we may not see it for the clouds, sunset is scheduled for 20:47.   The Ave Maria bell ought to be a 21:00. This is the splendidly illuminated S. Maria in Monserrato, named … Read More

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ROME 22/6 – DAY 7: Food for the journey

Sunrise in Rome today was at 5:33 and sunset will be at 20:46.   We are still lengthening in our days as we head toward ‘na ciumacata of the Feast of St. John the Baptist.  It’s been a long time since I’ve … Read More

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ROME 6/22 – DAY 6: Strollin’

5:33 was the time of the Roman sunrise.  At the other end of the day, the sunset will be 20:46.   The Ave Maria is still set for its 2100 cycle. The “Ave Maria” indicates the change of the religious day … Read More

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ROME 6/22 – DAY 5: Taking it in

Our Roman sunrise was at 5:33 and our Roman sunset will be at 20:45 and the poor, mostly neglected Ave Maria bell ought to ring at 21:00. Yesterday, Pentecost Sunday, I longed to get out the camera phone and record … Read More

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ROME 6/22 – DAY 4: Guess the cheese

Today in Rome the sun rose at 5:33 and it will set at 20:44.  Even though in the now pathetic Roman Curia the Ave Maria bell will not chime as it ought at 21:00, it will chime in Rome!   I … Read More

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Rome 6/22 – DAY 3: Fishiness

Roman sunrise was at 5:34 and the sunset will be at 20:44.   The Ave Maria bell – which will someday ring again in better times – ought to sound at 2100. It is the feast of St. Quirinus. Yesterday was … Read More

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ROME 6/22 – DAY 2: Flying time

In Rome today the sunrise was at 5:34 and the sunset will be at 20:43. In better times and under better men the Ave Maria would ring at 21:00. We are 154 days into this year of salvation and 212 … Read More

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ROME 6/22 – DAY 1: Getting some stuff

Today – 2 June – your planet’s yellow Sun shall appear from Rome to rise at 5:35 and to set at 20:42.   These the long and languid days of a Roman summer have already arrived. If God still loved the … Read More

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My View For Awhile: heading south… still

Still heading south, lingering in Florence. Here is something instructive about the famous flood of the Arno. A beautiful Mary and St. Filip Neri, my patron, near the street “dei Neri”, his family and where he grew up. See that … Read More

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Daily Rome (not) Shot – 509 – a prayer request

The first phase of the Italian Sojourn is wrapping up.  Tomorrow I head south, first to Florence for a couple of days to visit a friend, then to Rome for the Roman phase (hence the wavvy flag).  I’ll be on … Read More

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POLL on a BURNING QUESTION REVISITED: The Plural of “Gin & Tonic” – Daily Rome (not) Shot – 507 – bonus video

Today was a terrific day, in that we – the Heartbeat International group – had a pleasure of visiting a center for women who need REAL health care to keep their babies.  The volunteers explained the workings (and funding) of … Read More

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Daily Rome (not) Shot – 504 – bonus pics

The Heartbeat trail continues! Today San Fruttuoso, which is reachable mainly by boat.  It’s an old monastery, alas, not any longer.  The water is amazing. We went off the track a bit to find a place that made that made … Read More

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Daily Rome (not) Shot – 502 – bonus pics

The first part of the first part of the trip draws to its conclusion.  We now transfer to another location and start exploring there.   Afterward, a brief couple of days in a famous city and then on to Rome for … Read More

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Daily Rome (not) Shot – 501 – bonus pics

I use this portable router and WIFI hotspot when I travel in these USA and abroad.  Fast enough for Zoom.  I can also connect my DMR (ham radio) through it.  If you use my link, they reward me with more … Read More

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Daily Rome (not) Shot 496, etc.

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My View For Awhile: Strangers and Italian Sojourners

I’m on my way to Italy. At first I’ll be with a magnificent group of pro-lifers in the north. Meanwhile, this is how the trip began.  A not small service dog as my middle seat companion.   She was very good, … Read More

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My View For Awhile: Zwischenzug edition

Heading home for the brief stretch before I head to Italy. Highlights from my time in … The Rome of the West.

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My View For Awhile: Just en passant

I’m off for my first air trip in a quite some time. It’s like I’d never stopped. Maybe one in twenty have a mask. It’ll be a quick one and I only have a couple of personal agenda points. Otherwise, … Read More

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