Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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10 September 2006

Random musings

Walking through the old part of Rome one spring day many years ago, I admired the abundance of beautifully sculpted towers, pillars, steeples and obelisks. The Romans' love of the upright form was clearly evident. Since nature abhors a vacuum this random thought suddenly rushed into my otherwise empty mind. If Rome had been a matriarchal society, would today's Italian drivers be forced to navigate their way through streets dotted with large, decorative holes in the ground?

16 Comments:

Blogger Helenindia said...

Hi Brolo,

It's helenindia back in India again. even though i was in africa Rome does sound fab. the work part sounds good too - I peeked at the website.

eat some ice-cream for me (rather than musing about architecture) as I'm too scared to eat it here and anyway Italian ice-cream is far superior to all otehr ice-cream (except homemade)

10 September, 2006 17:33  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Out of Africa, huh, Helen? I'm glad you have safely returned.
Normally, my penitential lifestyle would not allow me to indulge my cravings for gelato. Out of charity for a suffering member of the Church's flock (that's you, in case you didn't catch the reference), I shall make an exception.

Anyone else out there suffering from a lack of gelato? Come on, don't be bashful. Speak up. Speak up, dammit!

10 September, 2006 18:19  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Ahh, molti gelati, grazie, grazie.

I think that architecture the world over glorifies the male form. And from my possibly outdated recollections of Roman drivers, even large, decorative holes in the ground wouldn't slow them down.

You want holes in the ground? Try NYC, where there is now, apparently, a 70 foot chasm under which the WTC once stood. This HOLE is supposed to symbolize what we can accomplish if we all work together. I think a dog with a bone could have done as well, and probably quicker. It kind of boggles the mind, at least mine, that this is anybody's idea of a memorial to what happened there. I must be missing something.

10 September, 2006 18:51  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

HISF: Feminism gone wild?

10 September, 2006 19:53  
Blogger Nikki said...

Plant maiden hair ferns around them?

You know, for decorative purposes

11 September, 2006 06:39  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Nikki: The possibilities are endless, aren't they?

11 September, 2006 07:54  
Anonymous pog said...

That reminds me of a (clearly translated from Italian) tourist leaflet in Bologna many moons ago. It was waxing lyrical about the delights of the city which is, they said, 'The city of the three 'Ts' - Towers, Tortellini and (sorry 'bout this ....) TITTIES - for our enjoyment of our beautiful women.'
And no, I didn't make that up.

11 September, 2006 15:08  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Bologna, you say? [gets map of Italy]

11 September, 2006 18:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about all the domes!

11 September, 2006 21:30  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Please, anon, no vulgarity in this blog. Thank you.

11 September, 2006 22:06  
Anonymous kat said...

you mean like the colliseum and fountains all around?

i like nikki's idea. *snicker*

12 September, 2006 03:34  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Kat: I suppose one could think of the Colliseum and the fountains as above-ground holes. They're a lot like Cleveland in that respect.

12 September, 2006 07:40  
Anonymous kat at work said...

at least cleveland's rivers aren't on fire anymore.

actually i was thinking of the thoroughly ironically shaped pentagon.

12 September, 2006 18:18  
Anonymous Open Grove Claudia said...

Ya BroLo, I thought that Rome was full of pricks to.

13 September, 2006 05:16  
Anonymous pog said...

Yes - Bologna. Go in summer. (Think about it ....)

13 September, 2006 22:23  
Blogger Br. Lawrence said...

Uh, give me a hint.

14 September, 2006 09:09  

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