“The free district school was of itself an important institution was one of the pillars of the State. But the most important thing was the spirit with which it was maintained. Into it was infused, at the outset, and ever after, the genius of a Christian civilization, a civilization which was the growth of ages. Greece had developed the human mind with reference to politics, literature and art, but without a knowledge of the divine plan in respect to the end of human existence. Rome had defined the rights of the individual in a wonderful system of law, and by conquest diflfused this legal spirit over the civilized world; and yet Rome never knew the true value of the human soul, nor the ground of its claim to liberty. Education, in these ancient seats of honor and refinement, could not rise above the principle on which it was founded.
“The Christianity of the early and middle ages furnished the first corrective, but blindly excluded ancient culture as a component part of a complete Christian education. Still an intensity was given to the longings and activity of the human mind by means of its contact with spiritual and eternal things, which prepared it, on its reunion with ancient culture by the revival of learning, to produce what never before existed, a civilization flowing from Christianity as its source, but running in channels opened and prepared by Greece and Rome. [Cheers.]
“The swelling stream of Christianity, making all former and all contemporary progress tributary to itself, this it was which, by a Providential arrangement, came to our fathers at the very time that the institutions of the old world checked its free course, and the new world was thrown open with its larger and freer channels of communication. All previous history was necessary to prepare the colonists for founding our free States. No other people could be educated in the same spirit. It was because our fathers were true to their high trust, with lofty views and aims, striving to usher in a better period, that succeeding generations have been educated and trained for the service required of them in the cause of humanity. The essential condition of success in our schools now is the keeping up in our minds of this pure ideal of human society. [Cheers.]
“We must instill into the minds of the young, ideas of a higher and purer life, and make them feel that there is a great work for them and their posterity to achieve, which was impossible in former years; that all the past has been slowly accumulating knowledge and inventing means and instruments for them to employ in advancing to a still higher degree the well-being of society. The mere mechanical drill of the schoolroom, the daily toil of the teacher in giving the elements of knowledge, will not advance society unless the social atmosphere breathed by the young be healthful and invigorating. The family educates; the social circle educates; the political press educates; literature educates; fashion educates; the public assembly educates; we this day educate. Unless all these teachings tend in the right direction, it will be in vain that we trust in our schools for safety. The schools receive their character from the people. You have tenfold more power over teacher and pupil than they have over you, and can more effectually prevent the good they would do, than they the evil you may do. Create, then, a pure moral atmosphere for your schools. Let the town and the neighborhood be free from contamination, and then it will not reach the school. Let the love of freedom, of virtue and of religion everywhere be manifest, and then a new generation will be trained up in our schools, with all the care that is now bestowed upon them, to whom it will be safe, with God’s blessing, to commit the sacred interests which we so tenderly cherish in our hearts this day.” [Applause.]
On June 13, Universal Home Entertainment released the fourth installment of the Dragonheart series, Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire.
It continues the adventures of a benevolent dragon named Hissyoxyillammochogannatoss—“Drago” for short, with Patrick Stewart taking over the role originally voiced by Ben Kingsley in the third film. Drago’s mission is to improve human-dragon relations and to this end, he has nurtured six dragons to adulthood.
Drago has also split his heart with a human, Gareth, which creates a bond between the two. What one feels, so does the other. Gareth becomes king, and for the rest of his life, shepherds Britannia into a golden age of progress. The six dragons are honored with murals, shown here:
Pretty cool-looking, aren’t they? We can only hope Universal can ante the budget to accommodate these creatures with ample screen time and give us adventures for each. After all, there’s a whole planet for them to roam. And they may have their own offspring. A lot of potential, here.
In Dragonheart 4, we learn Gareth’s twin grandchildren, Edric and Meghan, inherit powers derived from the dragon’s “heartfire.” Edric has the strength of three men; Meghan can manipulate flames. Alas, the siblings have a falling-out. When Gareth dies, the siblings engage in a struggle to control the kingdom, with Meghan recruiting treacherous Vikings to her cause. It’s up to Drago to help restore peace to the family, and peace to the kingdom. If he fails, not only is the kingdom doomed, he fears his soul will be rejected by the Great Dragons in the Stars.
We can’t have that happen, now, can we?
Universal and the writer/producer, Matthew Feitshans, hope the film is successful enough to warrant further stories, eventually leading to a remake of the first Dragonheart film. Here’s ten minutes extracted from the opening:
Interesting, isn’t it, that three of the Dragonheart dragons are voiced by real-life knights: Sir Sean Connery, Sir Ben Kingsley and Sir Patrick Stewart. That’s a tradition I hope will continue for the sequels.
Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire, rated PG-13, is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and on Netflix.
How does a T-Rex pole dance? Like this:
Here’s a charming video that came across my Facebook timeline this morning, posted by Farming Life. Enjoy.
One of the delights of the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small is Johnny Pearson’s music. Here’s a selection of my favorites, uploaded by NewTestLeper79 on October 11, 2015.
Let’s begin with the theme:
The wonderfully energetic “Over the Hedge Rows”:
The delightful “First Love”:
The melancholy “Sunshine”:
The time-to-go-to-bed “Sleepy Shores”:
Universal Pictures uploaded the trailer on March 21, 2017. Have a look:
Patrick Stewart replaces Ben Kingsley as the voice of Drago.
Available on Bluray, DVD & Digital HD on June 13, 2017.
Greetings, my friends.
I am the Justice Dragon. It is my honor, and my pleasure, to protect you from the unsavory villains usually called Monsters. Have you not been menaced by one lately? Then you know I have done my duty.
Thankfully, many that remain in your world sleep in the winter, as I do. If an emergency arises, I will wake to eliminate the danger.
Now spring has arrived. I have awakened from slumber, fully refreshed and ready to engage the unnatural threats to our world.
If, in the meantime, you have any questions to ask of me, feel free to ask. My scribe will relay my answers, as my claws are too cumbersome to type on dainty little keyboards. You may reach me through my electronic “social media” page here.
As always I bid you good day.
Vade cum Deo!
At last, after years of labor and research, I’m about to complete the first of many volumes of my work, The Star Wars Historical Sourcebook, An Annotated Bibliography Detailing the Original Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes IV, V and VI, from 1971-1990. Volume One will cover 1971 through June 1977, documenting publications during that time covering the making and impact of Star Wars. And it’s loaded with many behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
I’ve updated my wantlists, my general wantlist here and a French publication wantlist here. If you can supply PDFs of any of the periodicals, you’ll be helping make the Sourcebook more complete in its scope.
Stay tuned for further announcements!
Here’s the theme to TV’s Supergirl:
Uploaded by Arrow Soundtrack, July 22, 2016.
And here’s the theme from Superman: The Animated Series composed by Shirley Walker, applied to Supergirl:
Uploaded by Michael Dingess, July 9, 2015.
Which do you prefer?
Here’s the season 2 opening for Supergirl:
Uploaded by HitEmUp.ru on September 26, 2016.
Now, there’s the opening with music by John Williams:
Uploaded by JasonVoorhees2011 on September 26, 2016.
Hear the difference?