December 14: The Millau Viaduct

Millau Viaduct from above

 I like bridges. When I was in grammar school, there was a pedestrian footbridge over the flood control channel that ran along the playground boundary. There were students who lived “beyond the wash” and got to use the bridge every day to get to school. The bridge transcended the division that slashed the neighborhood in… Continue reading December 14: The Millau Viaduct

December 9: Peter Fourier

Statue of Peter Fourier, polychrome, 18th century at the Abbey Church of Moenmoutier

One of the lesser known saints on the Roman Catholic calendar has his feast today: Peter Fourier. Fourier did not hold a high episcopal office, nor was he a prolific writer; he attracted my attention in the list of events, births, and deaths for December 9 because he promoted education. He was born in 1565… Continue reading December 9: Peter Fourier

December 6: The Nihon shoki

A page from the Tanaka version of the Nihon shoki, early Heian period (794-1185)

On this day in A. D. 735, Prince Toneri, son of Emperor Tenmu, died without ever ruling, but since his son Junnin did come to the throne, Toneri was posthumously granted an imperial title, Emperor Sudoujinkei. Although he did exercise some political influence as a member of the imperial family, Toneri’s great contribution to Japanese… Continue reading December 6: The Nihon shoki