Bach in Ghent.


Yesterday evening, a friend and I went to an organ recital in the St. Baafs cathedral in Ghent, where we listened to, amongst others, the Passacaglia in c by Johann Sebastian Bach, a majestic musical waterfall, superbly rendered by Mr. Edward De Geest, a true virtuoso on the organ. While listening to the above-mentioned piece with eyes closed, I […]

Embroidery.


I am currently re-reading Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a humoristic classic of the sci-fi genre. When I came to the passage where the Imperial Trans-galactic Council was imperial in name only, because the Emperor was in stasis and had been for quite some time, my fantasy started to run amok and […]

Mister Big Child.


No, at the risk of annoying you, I shall never relent in my praise of Marlo Morgan’s book: Mutant Message Down Under. Among the many Aboriginal customs she describes there, is one where people change their names, whenever they themselves feel that they have learned an important life lesson, which therefore makes them better human […]

Russian Art: Nikolay Gay.


Again brought to my attention by our amazing artist friend Santa Robaina Rodriguez. Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (his French ancestors’ last name was de Gay), Russian: Николай Николаевич Ге; 27 February [O.S. 15 February] 1831 – 13 June [O.S. 1 June] 1894) was a Russian realist painter famous for his works on historical and religious motifs. In 1850 […]

Intolerance – by Oodgeroo Noonuccal.


http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/noonuccal-oodgeroo/intolerance-0771025 A poem about bigotry and the horrors it creates for the people it is perpetrated against. There is copyright on this and can not be shown here. To read click the link. Oodgeroo Noonuccal (/ˈʊdʒəruː/ /ˈnuːnəkəl/ UUD-gə-roo NOO-nə-kəl; born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, formerly Kath Walker) (31 November 1920 – 16 September 1993) was an […]

Aboriginal Wisdom.


I have added a new category to Ralphie’s Portal, which you can see in the title of this post. I am an aficionado of the wisdom of the American native tribes, who have my utter respect, but there is more wisdom to be found elsewhere. Wisdom that I for one have not had the pleasure […]

U.S., Wake Up!!!


From I fucking love science: Congratulations to Germany for breaking their own record last month in harnessing solar energy! By the end of 2012, Germany was ranked #1 for solar energy production per capita at 400 MW per million people while the United States was ranked #20 with only 25 MW per million people. The […]

Hillbilly Rescue! – Joke


From http://highoctanehumor.com/ Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant. While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation. Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her […]

Help The Dolphins!!!


From STOP killing Whales & Dolphins: DOLPHIN HUNTS – What will help YOU to help the dolphins this year? In a matter of days the HUNTING of DOLPHINS and PILOT WHALES begins AGAIN in Japan. Every year from September through to March/April this coastal “drive” hunting takes place in small villages around the country. The fishermen […]

Cure for War.


The idea for this stems from the book: Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan and I’ve added some rules, just to play it safe. War is insanity, for whatever reason you think you need to enter into it. However, there will always be wards, for the simple reason that a lot of people are […]

Mutant Message Down Under.


I went on a journey through a deep dream: down underneath the meaning of even the most trivial of things shines an inner beauty that truly gives sense to life. A forgotten message for most of us, luckily remembered by a select ancient few. Marlo Morgan  went walkabout with them, this group of Aboriginals, who […]

Ralphie’s Spanner.


I shall propose a theory, which will have any and every mathematician or scientist worth his or her salt wearily shaking their heads, to their detriment, of course…: I propose that straight lines are antithesis to nature and that what we perceive as such are parts of an enormously long curve, because nature can not […]