August 31st, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Moving Day

There are moving vans on every street and broken chairs lying out with the trash. These are the busiest two days for moving of the Toronto year, and I spent it moving. Happily, I was just lugging furniture, not actually relocating.

The garden at the old place was luxuriantly overgrown from a summer of neglect. Cherry tomatoes shone in red competion, marred by an infestation of slugs. Cat had dug up the garden treasures for moving: one rose bush towered as tall as I. We avoided its sharp thorns as it was gently bent into the cargo van.

I knew most of the furniture well, having been there along the way when most of it arrived from Ikea, and having helped to assemble much of it. The pale woods coordinate well with the new room, crowded though it was with heaps of newly moved possessions. Most of it had already been moved from room to room, apartment to apartment, in the old building, so we knew it would fit through the doorway assembled. In the end, with various pauses for complex geometric problem solving, everything ended up out of the apartment, in the cargo van, and at least through the doorway of the new place, if not up the stairs. Most of it was easy enough to transport. The desk was large, flimsy in just the wrong way, with a few nails sticking out, and no good grips. We brought it out one step at a time.

By mid-afternoon, van-returning time, we were done. The furniture moved, books transported, only a few odds and ends left to be ferried over, nothing which required the cargo van anymore. Cat gifted me with a transplanted miniature rose bush, and I went home.

Followup: Who knew that an unflowering rose bush would make such a good conversation piece? Three people asked me what plant I was carrying en route home by transit. I had a good conversation for most of the trip with the third of them, who, in the way of small world Toronto, I discovered will be taking a history of science course with a friend of mine this fall at York.
Fishy Circumstances

Tomaso da Modena's Dominican Saints

Guidebooks and websites galore are more than happy to recommend a trip to the chapter house of the church of San Nicolò while in Treviso to visit Tommaso da Modena's reknown frescoes which decorate its walls. The pictures depict forty illustrious Dominicans.

I spent the last hour fruitlessly scouring internet searches for a list of just who those forty illustrious men are. As a consequence, I have concluded that clearly there is a need for this information to be available online, just in case I'm not the only one who worries about these things.

So here you are:

On the North Wall
St. Dominic Guzman; St. Peter of Verona; St. Thomas Aquinas; Blessed Jordan of Saxony; Blessed Raymond Penafort; Blessed John of Wildeshausen; Blessed Albert the Great; Blessed John of Vicenza (Giovanni da Schio); Blessed Isnard of Vicenza; Blessed Walter of Germany; Blessed Peter Sendre; Blessed Pelagrine of Spain; Blessed Bernard of Traversères; Blessed Vincent of Beauvais; Blessed Ambrose of Siena; Blessed Jacob of Venice; Blessed Augustine of Traü; Blessed Peter of Palu; Blessed Maurice of Hungary; Blessed Guido of Naples.

On the South Wall
Pope Innocent V; Pope Benedict XI; Cardinal Hugh of St. Cher; Cardinal Hannibald of Rome; Cardinal Peter of Tarantaise; Cardinal Robert Kilwardby; Cardinal Latino Malabranca; Cardinal Hugh Billom; Cardinal Nicholas Boccasino; Cardinal Nicholas of Prato; Cardinal Walter of England; Cardinal Nicholas of Fréauville; Cardinal Thomas of York; Cardinal William Macclesfeld; Cardinal Matthew Orsini; Cardinal William of Peter Godin; Cardinal Bonifacio of Donoratico; Cardinal Thomas; Cardinal Gerard of Domaro; Cardinal John of Moulins

The problem was, in the end, solved by finding a dissertation which had the information in it. Priscilla Susanna West, Text into art: The 'Chronica Dominicana' and Tomaso da Modena's Chapter House frescoes at San Nicolo in Treviso (Italy). (University of Oregon, 2002).