On Monday afternoon, I looked up at the television in my office and I saw the sight of Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris on fire.
As a lover of history and a lover of art and, yes, as someone raised Catholic, the sight broke my heart. When Jeff and I were in the UK last November, we had actually made plans to cross the channel spend a day in Paris and, certainly, we were looking forward to visiting Notre-Dame. Unfortunately, because of the rioting that was going on during that time, we had to change our plans. As I watched Notre-Dame burn, I realized that, regardless of whether the structure was saved or not, history was dying on the screen in front of me. When I saw the spire fall, tears came to my mismatched eyes.
And yet, when the fire was finally extinguished, there was good news to go with the bad. The relics had been saved. The statues that were normally on the spire had been removed before the fire. There was damage. There was loss. But, thanks to bravery of the firefighters and a determined priest, so much had been saved! For many of us, the photo below seemed to sum up the aftermath of the Notre-Dame fire:
Now, seven days after the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, I am again heart-broken, this time for the victims of the terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka. On Easter Sunday, three churches and three hotels were bombed. As of right now, the death toll stands at 215, with over 400 injured. It’s hard to know what to say when confronted with such evil.
As for me, I spent this Easter weekend with my sisters and it felt good and right for everyone to be back together for a few days. I managed to get through Easter Vigil without setting anyone’s hair on fire and. even more importantly, without anyone setting my hair on fire, and, for that, I am thankful. This was a week in which I saw both the best and the worst of humanity. Hopefully, next week will feature more of the former and less of the latter.
Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to:
Films I Watched:
- The Bible: In the Beginning….. (1966)
- Gilda (1946)
- Glory (1989)
- The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
- Hollow Triumph (1948)
- Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
- King of Kings (1961)
- Paparazzi (2004)
- Prom Night (1980)
- Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
- The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017)
- The Shoes of a Fisherman (1968)
- Suddenly (1954)
- The Ten Commandments (1956)
Television Shows I Watched:
- The Amazing Race 31
- American Idol
- A.P. Bio
- Brooklyn Nine Nine
- California Dreams
- Call the Midwife
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- Couples Court with the Cutlers
- Game of Thrones
- Head Hunters
- King of the Hill
- Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
- The Magicians
- Roman Empire
- Saved By The Bell: The New Class
- Survivor 38
- The Voice
- World of Dance
- Young Sheldon
Books I Read:
- Andy Warhol Giant Size (2008),
- Chaucer’s People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England (2017) by Liza Picard
Music To Which I Listened:
- 50 Foot Wave
- Above & Beyond
- Alvin Risk
- Arcade Fire
- Armin van Buuren
- Barry Adamson
- Big Data
- Billie Eilish
- Bob Dylan
- Britney Spears
- Cedric Gervais
- The Chemical Brothers
- Dillon Francis
- DJ Judaa
- Fiona Apple
- Flight of the Conchords
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- Gary Nunan
- Gwen Stefani
- Icona Pop
- Jake Bugg
- Johnny Cash
- Kelly Clarkson
- Martin Garrix
- Mick Jagger
- Microw Jupiter
- Nelly Futado
- Neon Indian
- Nine Inch Nails
- Nouveau Lounge
- Robert DeLong
- The Rolling Stones
- The Spaceship Martini
- Steve Aoki
- Talking Heads
- Tomoyasu Hotei
- The Verve
Links From Last Week:
- On her photography site, Erin shared Spring Creek, Twisty Path, Bridge to the Bench, As The Sun Went Down, Rock, A View Through The Window, and Faith!
- At my music site, I shared music from 50 Foot Wave, Gwen Stefani, Flight of the Conchords, Nelly Furtado, Muse, Mick Jagger, and Martin Garrix.
- On Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and Survivor!
- Notre Dame, one of Paris’s most iconic landmarks, damaged in a massive fire
- Notre-Dame blaze: 24 hours that rocked Paris and shocked the world
- The Lineup of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival
- Top 10 Best James Franco Performances
- Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator played by Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring films, has died at 92
- With The Rise of Skywalker, Is Disney Backtracking on The Last Jedi?
- Clint Eastwood Circling ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell’ For Disney/Fox
- Meet Mujahed Kobbe, the Man Twitter Can’t Seem to Ban
- “You will lose everything.”: Inside the Media’s #MeToo Blacklist
- I Taught At Columbine. It Is Time To Speak My Truth.
- Wanted teen Sol Pais likely killed herself before Colorado manhunt, police say
- New Orleans Apologizes for 1891 Lynching of Italian-Americans
- A Priest Saved ‘The Body of Christ’ From Notre Dame, and NY Times Thought He Meant a Statue
- 15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook
Links From the Site:
- Erin profiled Albert Fisher and considered why we need It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. She shared the following artwork: Jackie Robinson, The Naked Sword, Cowgirl Romances, Fantastic Novels Magazine, Three For The Money, Watching the Sky, and Peace!
- Gary reviewed Chaplin’s Art of Comedy, Kentucky Kernals, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, and Retreat & Decision!
- Patrick shared some thoughts on the current situation with the AD/AF community!
- Ryan reviewed All The Sad Songs, Vagabond, Cannabis, The Inspector, and Doom Patrol Episodes 9 and 10. He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
- I shared music videos from Palmistry, Nine Inch Nails, Saint Motel, The Spaceship Martini, LSD, Kitty, and Johnny Cash. I also reviewed the 4th episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Avicii: True Stories.
Want to see what I did last week? Click here!