I see your nine hours and raise you 10,000 years

The visionary Brian Eno has outdone the nine hour performance concocted by Dorothy Sayer in The Nine Tailors. He’s imagined a change ringing method that will last 10,000 years. See these gorgeous, noble Bristlecone Pines? They are some of the oldest living things on earth—the oldest known specimen is over 5,000 years old. And theyContinue reading “I see your nine hours and raise you 10,000 years”

Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims

Serendipity led me to this story about a bell from Chicago that tolled for the 9/11 victims in Manhattan. Rev. David W. Schlatter, a fire chaplain in Wilmington, DE, wanted to remember his friend and colleague Rev. Mychal F. Judge, who was a NYC fire chaplain who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11.Continue reading “Chicago Bell Tolls for the 9/11 Victims”

A Rattling Pomegranate

Have you ever gently shaken a dried pomegranate? Probably not, but if you did, you would hear a soft rattling from the small dried membranes of juice hitting each other and the outer peel. The pomegranate, it turns out, was an inspiration for bells in Antiquity.* The pomegranate tree originated in the region of ancientContinue reading “A Rattling Pomegranate”

“The Bell” by Hans Christian Andersen

In Hans Christian Andersen’s short story, “The Bell,” its characters walk through a deep woods to find a mysterious solitary bell. In short, the plot goes something like this: a bell is heard off in the distance from a town, a bell which no one can identify. Various people attempt to locate the bell thatContinue reading ““The Bell” by Hans Christian Andersen”

The Lost Columbian Exposition Bell

I have a special interest in Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, since I live in the neighborhood of its location. You may know about the exposition from the popular book by Erik Larson, Devil in the White City, the tale based on the serial murderer who operated a hotel nearby. What’s intriguing to me aboutContinue reading “The Lost Columbian Exposition Bell”