Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Ein Glückliches Neues Jahr . . .

Photo: Zurich Tourism

. . . to our dear friends in Zurich!

The Old Year

by John Clare

The Old Year's gone away
To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
In either shade or sun:
The last year he'd a neighbour's face,
In this he's known by none.

All nothing everywhere:
Mists we on mornings see
Have more of substance when they're here
And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
In every cot and hall—
A guest to every heart's desire,
And now he's nought at all.

Old papers thrown away,
Old garments cast aside,
The talks of yesterday,
Are things identified;
But time once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year's Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

January Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for January are the 2nd, the 16th and the 30th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Princeton Landing

Good Tidings of Great Joy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Zurich, Switzerland

Frohe Weihnachten to our dear friends in Zurich!

'Twas the night before Christmas . . .

A Visit from St. Nicholas

by Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Photo: Dave Shafer
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris, France
Duomo di Milano
Milan, Italy
The Church of St. Peter Mancroft
Norwich, England

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter Solstice 2011

Tweeting at Stonehenge

Christmas Postcard

Photo: magro_kr
Gdańsk, Poland

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Råå, Sweden

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Night of Hanukkah

To our Princeton Landing neighbors
and all of our readers
celebrating the Festival of Lights,

Happy Hanukkah to you and your loved ones.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Paris, France

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Postcard

St. Petersburg, Russia

Christmas List

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Milan, Italy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen

If there is anything disagreeable going on
men are always sure to get out of it . . .
— Persuasion

Christmas List

Jon suggests Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Thursday, December 15, 2011

PSO Holiday POPS!

Don't forget this Saturday, December 17, is the PSO Holiday POPS! concert. More information about it here.

Photo: Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Christmas List

Jon suggests The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941–1956, edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn and Lois More Overbeck (Volume I: 1929–1940 here)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas List

Christmas Postcard

Photo: Ava Babili
Athens, Greece

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas List

A Holiday Carole by Carole King

Paul suggests James Taylor at Christmas by James Taylor

Christmas List

Le Creuset Cookware in Aubergine, available at Williams-Sonoma

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Oslo, Norway

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas List

Roz Chast's the In Crowd dinnerware, available at Fishs Eddy. Read about it here.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

There's a certain Slant of light

by Emily Dickinson

There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
'Tis the Seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –

When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on this day in 1965.

Christmas List

A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording of the CBS Television Special by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Florence, Italy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas List

Jon suggests The Goat Rodeo Sessions by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas List

Paul suggests Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Photo: Dave Shafer
Basel, Switzerland

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas List

Bill Cunningham New York, a film by Richard Press, Zeitgeist Films

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas List

Then Again by Diane Keaton

Friday, December 2, 2011

Way to Go, Dr. Brzezinski!

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Vote for the PSO

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Discover Jersey Arts "People's Choice Award" for Favorite Symphony Orchestra. Follow this link to vote for the PSO between now and January 18. Discover Jersey Arts will announce the winners in each category on January 26, 2012.
Photo: Princeton Symphony Orchestra

PSO Holiday POPS!

The PSO Holiday POPS! concert is a Princeton tradition. This year's performance will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at Richardson Auditorium. At the heart of this year's concert is a presentation of The Snowman, the classic tale by Raymond Briggs of a young boy's adventures with a snowman that comes to life, set to music by Howard Blake. Also on the program are Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Jeff Tyzik's The Twelve Gifts of Christmas, a selection from Mendelssohn's Christus, the holiday sing-along, and more.

Tickets are $38 for adults, $22 for students. Click here for more information or call 609-497-0020. Labyrinth Books will be selling copies of the book The Snowman at Richardson Auditorium before and after the concert.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Postcard

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

December Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for this month are December 5 and December 19. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas List

Jon suggests Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Party With Santa & Snowy

The Princeton Shopping Center will host Party with Santa & Snowy on Saturday, December 3, from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at the outdoor courtyard. Santa Claus and Snowy the snowman will arrive by fire engine at 12:30, driven by the Princeton Fire Company. Children may visit with Santa and Snowy, and parents are welcome to take a photo of the visit. There will be a live concert performance by Rhythm 'n Balloons. The Princeton Shopping Center is located at 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas List

Cyber Monday 1-Day Sale: up to 25% off select bike models, 20% off non-sale gear through November 28 (Promo Code: 20PERCENTOFF)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas List

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey Season 1 DVD (Original UK Unedited Edition)

Downton Abbey is the Emmy Award-winning series from Julian Fellowes starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle and Dan Stevens. Season 2 will premiere in the US January 8, 2012, on PBS. Click here for "Countdown to Downton Season 2."

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas List

Paul suggests Fitbit Ultra

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day
by L. Maria Child

Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood—
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
To have first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barn-yard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow—
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood—
Now grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!