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"Dialogue between my head and my heart" Thomas Jefferson's letter to Maria Cosway (1786)

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2010-05-06 09:21

If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet, had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Haman's.

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I would subsitute "soul" and "heart" for passion — by Sandi on Fri, 2010-05-07 22:53

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Space Shuttle Discovery Blasts Off!

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2010-04-05 22:29

Here's the launch of Discovery, blasting off from Cape Canaveral just before dawn this morning.
Look at her go!

Recent Comments:
Hyrum W. Smith and Stephen Covey — by Luke Setzer on Sat, 2010-04-10 01:46
Luke dearest ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2010-04-09 16:33
Yes, yes — by Kasper on Fri, 2010-04-09 04:48

Holiday Reprise: Essays of Robert L Kocher

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2010-03-20 03:32

I don't know who Robert L Kocher is, other than a writer with an Objectivist bent, but I find him to be incredibly sharp at analyzing American political culture.

Recent Comments:
Thing is Doug... — by Olivia on Sun, 2011-02-20 23:08
Olivia — by Doug Bandler on Sun, 2011-02-20 19:34
it was a — by RLKocher on Sun, 2011-02-13 21:15

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What are we left with?

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2010-02-01 00:27

"This is his death poem. What is his sorrow: not that he was unjustly condemned, although he was. Not rage that there is no afterlife, although there is not. It is that in a few moments he will not be able to feel his love for the world and the woman he loves." [John Donahue on the "Happy Birthday Mario" thread.]

Recent Comments:
It seriously does ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2010-02-02 06:19
Ah ha, red and gold — by gregster on Tue, 2010-02-02 06:16
Whoa. — by Olivia on Tue, 2010-02-02 06:00

Christmas Gems for Today

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2009-12-24 21:47

Merry Christmas Soloists!

Thanks largely to those bloody Catholics, here is some good Christmas music.

My favourite offering from Handel's Messiah:


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KASS Music Gem of the Day: Beniamino Gigli—"Je Crois Entendre Encore."

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Submitted by Olivia on Tue, 2009-09-08 12:01

One of my all time favourites from the Pearl Fishers.

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Actually ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-09-11 02:25
I just looked it up ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-09-11 02:11
Mr Gilmour was glad when that was over — by gregster on Fri, 2009-09-11 02:00

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Music Gem of the Day: Mozart's Laudate Dominum

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2009-08-31 06:32

Last-night Kasper took my daughter and I to a live performance of Bach & Mozart at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Recent Comments:
Oh this is awful. I'm going — by Mark Hubbard on Mon, 2009-08-31 08:27
Ha ha... — by Olivia on Mon, 2009-08-31 07:53
I always said ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2009-08-31 07:32

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KASS Music Gem of the Day: Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos

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Submitted by Olivia on Fri, 2009-08-28 03:27

I've been addicted to this all week - absolutely beautiful! A great example of the Romantic style. Lush, melodious and dripping with feeling.

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Bruch — by Rosie on Sat, 2009-08-29 03:53
It's a shame... — by Olivia on Sat, 2009-08-29 00:23
Gregster ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-08-29 00:12

KASS Music Gem of the Day: Saint-Saens, and Isaac Stern.

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2009-08-03 05:26

I'm just loving this gem from Camille Saint Saens at present - it overflows with sumptuous melodies and movement.

Recent Comments:
I like that documentary a — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2009-08-04 00:12
I got the DVD From Mao to — by Hong on Mon, 2009-08-03 15:56
Ooooo — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2009-08-03 13:29

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The Cost of Signing The Declaration of Independence

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2009-07-04 01:02

This was in my inbox this morning. Food for thought if ever I've read it:

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Recent Comments:
Hessian... — by Robert on Tue, 2009-07-07 00:17
Hessian? — by Marcus on Sat, 2009-07-04 20:45
Forgetting the — by Robert on Sat, 2009-07-04 15:23

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Jacqueline Du Pre: A Rare and Vanishing Beauty.

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2009-05-23 08:56

This is a documentary about Jacqueline Du Pre, the protégé cellist who at the age of four heard a cello playing on the radio and asked her mother for “one of those.”

Recent Comments:
I discovered her about a — by James Pannozzi on Fri, 2009-08-07 02:16
What a gem! — by Sandi on Fri, 2009-06-05 08:04
Swoons to her own tune... — by Jameson on Tue, 2009-06-02 09:49

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Happy Birthday Kasper (Lord Giuseppe)!

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2009-04-22 07:05

To a wonderful chap, so full of promise, sparkle, good looks and fine tastes.
Happy birthday to you Darling Kasper. Why haven't you come over with your girlfriend and a bottle of wine??!

Recent Comments:
Thank you all — by Kasper on Wed, 2009-04-22 19:41
Happy Belated, Kasper — by atlascott on Wed, 2009-04-22 12:44
I look forward to the next — by gregster on Wed, 2009-04-22 10:35

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My music gem of the day...

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Submitted by Olivia on Tue, 2009-04-21 06:02

this is a fabulous new counter-tenor from France named Phillippe Jaroussky. I've just been introduced to him today by a friend. He sings Vivaldi's aria.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zQX2X...


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Truth Comes Before Reconciliation.

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Submitted by Olivia on Tue, 2009-04-14 02:26

In light of Obama’s European tour, Christopher Hitchens has written an article in Slate titled “Don’t Be So Sensitive, Mr. President” – Truth comes before reconciliation.


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Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran - or I Will.

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2009-04-02 21:55

Is an Israeli strike on Iran imminent?

31st March - Jeffrey Goldberg writes:

Recent Comments:
Aaron — by Michael Moeller on Sat, 2009-04-18 17:35
Ahmahdinejad's blog — by William Scott Scherk on Thu, 2009-04-16 06:09
Drunken bumbling... — by Robert on Thu, 2009-04-16 03:59

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Obama and Iran, on the Eve of the Israeli Elections

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2009-02-09 21:45

Do you remember how often President Obama stated that a "nuclear Iran was unacceptable" during his election campaign speeches?

Recent Comments:
Sigh — by Cindy on Tue, 2009-02-10 21:07
You should have heard — by mvardoulis on Tue, 2009-02-10 06:40

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Another Beautiful Bruch Day.

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Submitted by Olivia on Sun, 2009-01-25 02:58

This is Bruch's delightful Romance in F, played by the lovely Janine Jansen. To me, it evokes a happy world so benevolent in nature that love for existence completely swells my heart today.

Recent Comments:
was very good. Download — by 0 on Thu, 2009-03-19 19:01
was very good. Download — by 0 on Thu, 2009-03-19 19:01
You do know it's a prayer? — by jeffrey smith on Fri, 2009-02-27 01:24

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My Best Christmas Carols (feel free to add to them)

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Submitted by Olivia on Sun, 2008-12-21 09:22

This is a stunning version of O Come O Come Emmanuel. I love the 12th Century chant-like melody.

Recent Comments:
I Blame the Christmas Whiskey... — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2008-12-26 18:42
Inklings, or the lack thereof. — by Olivia on Fri, 2008-12-26 07:20
Linz — by Neil Parille on Fri, 2008-12-26 05:02

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The Red Violin

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2008-11-26 10:03

I found this trailer to the gorgeously artistic film The Red Violin.
The film spans the life of one violin across oceans and centuries, all to the accompaniment of some very passionate music.

Recent Comments:
Joe is not on Anarchy. — by Jmaurone on Sun, 2008-12-07 19:44
Joe is on anarchy — by atlascott on Sun, 2008-12-07 04:05
Don't mind Joe, Mark ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2008-12-03 08:41

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Hitchens Likens Rand to a Nietzschean.

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2008-09-24 23:20

I love Christopher Hitchens, don't get me wrong, but his comment really irritated me and I wondered how much of Rand he has truly read.

Recent Comments:
Matty "He claims to support — by 0 on Sun, 2008-09-28 15:35
UK islamists on the rampage again. — by Marcus on Sun, 2008-09-28 07:50
Chris... — by Olivia on Sun, 2008-09-28 07:39

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Chariots of Fire

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2008-08-30 07:25

If Shakespeare’s words, “This above all: to Thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man,” have any poignant significance to your life, then the film Chariots of Fire will resonate deeply within your heart.

Recent Comments:
Brilliant last night, too ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2008-09-07 08:05
Brilliant last night — by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2008-08-31 05:32
I loved this movie when I — by Mark Hubbard on Sun, 2008-08-31 02:15

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KASS Quote of the Day: Armed Justice

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2008-08-20 11:40

Regarding Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts:

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.

Recent Comments:
Jefferson... — by Robert on Wed, 2008-08-20 19:29
Great quote Olivia. I'm a — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2008-08-20 11:50

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Clips that make us laugh.

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2008-08-07 23:16

I'm not sure what's in the air these days but I'm feeling quite chipper!
So I want to celebrate on Solo with some light, comedic fun. If it makes you laugh... please post it on this thread.

Recent Comments:
That's ok, Olivia. I don't — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2008-08-13 08:09
Yes, it would have been — by Richard Wiig on Wed, 2008-08-13 08:06
Richard — by Ptgymatic on Sun, 2008-08-10 20:46

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Here She Is...

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Submitted by Olivia on Sun, 2008-06-29 02:27

The USS New York (LPD 21), made from World Trade Center scrap.

Recent Comments:
The Ship — by Kasper on Wed, 2008-07-02 21:35
The ship looks jolly — by 0 on Wed, 2008-07-02 06:44
It's Wet... — by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2008-07-02 05:52

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A Woman Waits For Me:

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Submitted by Olivia on Mon, 2008-05-26 10:12

Here is a bold poem unequalled in its glorification of earthy romanticism and penned by the hand of the great American, Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

A Woman Waits for Me

Recent Comments:
"Just gorgeous isn't it. — by Newberry on Tue, 2010-07-13 02:21
Guess what Dutchbox — by Olivia on Mon, 2010-07-12 23:24
I'm going back to the books — by Mark Hubbard on Sun, 2008-06-01 00:54

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Remember Me

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Submitted by Olivia on Thu, 2008-05-08 05:58

15 year old Lizzie Palmer made this simple yet effective project. As of today it has achieved 24, 522,435 hits! According to the comments that she has now disabled, some of these people never came home. link


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A little slice of exquisteness

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2008-01-16 23:21

Here's another sweet little Nocturne by Chopin - one of my many favourites.

When you have moment, sit back and enjoy.


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Note from Claudia

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2008-01-16 06:06

I've decided to kiss my alter-ego Claudia goodbye and just be known on Solo by my rightful name. Olivia it is and shall be from now on.

Recent Comments:
Watch it... — by Olivia on Sat, 2008-06-14 10:13
Oh right, gosh, I always — by 0 on Sat, 2008-06-14 08:47
Welcome Olivia — by Sandi on Wed, 2008-01-16 21:12

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Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Submitted by Olivia on Wed, 2007-12-19 03:24

This is a lovely interview with Ayaan (despite its terrible title).

Islam, Ayaan and her conscience.


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Two beautiful Arias by Bizet and Puccini

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Submitted by Olivia on Sat, 2007-11-17 10:51

I was pleased to find these both on You Tube. Enjoy.

Je Crois Entendre Encore

Recent Comments:
With the most gorgeous sunset ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2007-11-18 07:42
Gullible chappess here — by 0 on Sun, 2007-11-18 06:05
Actually ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-11-17 23:05

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