Friday 19 September 2014

The Value of Time

Often our days are busied with worry, stress, complaining, work, and a general wasting of time. Once we finally realize the value of our time, often for many of us it is too late. While your life might seem like a long time in the midst of it, truly it is a blink of an eye. Today, make more time to be present in your life. Even small moments enjoying a cup of tea, calling a friend, reading a favorite book--should be enjoyed. Restructure your day so that you can get all of your work done, but allow for extra time to be spent on personal matters. 

Tuesday 13 August 2013

A soliloquy

A soliloquy is a device frequently used in drama when a character converses with himself or herself, relating feelings and thoughts, thus also sharing them with the viewers. Other characters, however, are not responsive to what is being said. A soliloquy is different from a monologue or an aside: a monologue is a speech where one character speaks to other characters; an aside is a comment by one character towards the viewers. 

Soliloquies were often used in dramas but became outdated when drama shifted towards realism in the late 18th century. At present, Korean screenwriters regularly add short soliloquies in Koran drama. Queen In-Hyun's Man is a good example.

Wednesday 27 February 2013


"Soliloquy" is a 1945 song composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, written for their 1945 musical Carousel, where it was introduced by John Raitt.

The now jobless carousel barker Billy Bigelow, the antihero of the musical, sings this seven-and-a-half minute song just after he has learned he is about to become a father. In it, he happily daydreams over what it would be like to be a father to a boy, but midway through the song, he is horrified and disappointed to realize that it could turn out to be a girl. The song immediately becomes more tender, as he begins to like the idea. At song's end, he considers that a girl needs the very best a father can offer, and decides to get money to provide for her. It is this idea that spurs him on to help his criminal pal Jigger Craigin in committing a robbery, an act which ultimately leads to personal disaster for Billy.

Frank Sinatra had recently become a father when he recorded "Soliloquy" for the first time on May 28, 1946. With the time limitation of about 3:30 on a 10" 78-rpm record his 7:57 long recording was released on Columbia's Masterwork label (the classical division) as two sides of a 12" record.

The song is extremely unusual in that it requires the singer to sing solo (and occasionally speak) for a full seven-and-a-half minutes, in the manner of an operatic aria, without the benefit of an accompanying choral group "taking up the slack", as is usually the case in long musical numbers (e.g. Ol' Man River). The lengthy song Glitter and Be Gay, from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, makes a similar requirement of the soprano performing it.

Monday 23 July 2012


A soliloquy (from Latin: "talking by oneself") is a device often used in drama whereby a character speaks to himself or herself, relating his or her thoughts and feelings, thereby also sharing them with the audience. Other characters however are not aware of what is being said.

A soliloquy is distinct from a monologue or an aside: a monologue is a speech where one character addresses other characters; an aside is a (usually short) comment by one character towards the audience.

Soliloquies were frequently used in dramas but went "out of fashion" when drama shifted towards realism in the late 18th and 19th century.

Thursday 21 June 2007


Found this on Joely's blog this morning, and couldn't resist. There's some truth in it...and other parts that couldn't be farther from the truth. :)


Your Score: Dionysus

0% Extroversion
46% Intuition
100% Emotiveness
85% Perceptiveness

Although deeply emotional, you are extremely lacking in self-knowledge. You are somewhat needy, and when bored, may become very hedonistic. Your life is a quest for meaning, above all else. You are most like Dionysus. You are primarily interested in serving others, but your efforts are almost always unappreciated. You aren't confrontational, you're often out of tune with your own needs and unaware of the consequences of your own actions.

You are, at heart, a good person. You are very affectionate, and you are very loyal to your friends and family. You are very reluctant to burden others with your own problems, to the point that this in itself can become a problem for the people who care about you. This is a particular of a more general problem. Dionysus sends wave of ruin throughout his personal life. He is the photographer who seduces his subjects. He is the teacher who seduces a student. He is the art student who paints nonrepresentational splashes of color, he is the poet who rejects meter and content. You seek sexual partners more than anything else (this is to exploit the nurturing side of others to help fill your own void). If not sexual partners, this desire to become the object of sympathy with other people can manifest itself in other destructive ways. Stinkfist by Tool explains your condition pretty well. It's very likely that you haven't had many experienced mentors. You don't want them either, because you're the sort of person who rejects criticism and boundaries, but they're also your only hope for reaching any kind of emotional maturity.

Famous People Like You: John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Hefner

I'd tell you to stay clear of Hermes, Icarus and Apollo, but you could probably learn something from them. You're least likely to hurt The Oracle, Atlas, Prometheus, and Daedalus, but Atlas and Daedalus won't like you very much. Seek out: The Oracle, Prometheus

Wednesday 20 June 2007

Midsummer Night Dreaming

Midsummer Night Dreaming

That beautiful season the Summer! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Summer Solstice!

Through the ages, the summer solstice was a time of great celebration. Days were longer, nights warmer, food more abundant. It was a time to dance and sing and spread joy and be filled with love and gratitude.

Summer Solstice, which occurs tomorrow at precisely 3:06pm here in Nova Scotia, is still a time for celebration. Light a bonfire, watch the sun rise and set, take a long walk in the woods, commune with Nature. Enjoy the Midsummer Night and look forward to the days ahead and to Summer's bounty.

Thursday 14 June 2007

Thursday Thirteen #24

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1. The Bluenose II

2. Pier 21 - Halifax

3. Oak Island Treasure Mystery

4. Grand Pré

5. The Ovens Park

6. Cape Blomidon

7. The Bras D'Or Lakes

8. Cape D'Or Lighthouse

9. Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

10. Peggy's Cove Glacial Boulders

11. The world's highest tides

12. Port Royal/Fort Anne

13. The Halifax Public Gardens

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