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Art of the Gospels: Part 4, John the Baptist

Representations of John the Baptist range from solitary figures, to evangelism, to baptisms. He did not conform to social standards with his hair-shirt and prepare-the-way message. Artists like someone who stands out.  Most paintings and sculptures of John the  Baptist … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: An Irish Christmas Revels

We have been celebrating the winter solstice for nearly two decades by attending the Washington Revel’s annual Christmas Revels productions. These are a conglomeration of traditional, familiar, and novel choral songs. Each year the production features a place, culture, or … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 3, Birth & Early Years

Okay, Scrapbookers, time for baby pictures. Of course, now-a-days we have sonograms and birthing selfies on our cell phones. Yuck. I’m glad that God commissioned something with more compositional value.  This tondo (Italina for round painting), attributed to Jacopo del … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 2, Annunciation & Visitation

The Annunciation is one of the Gospels fantastic images: the Angel Gabriel, the Virgin Mary, God, a Dove, beams of light. Byzantine icons flatten everyone into Cubist style archetypes grounded in gold. Early Renaissance paintings draw out attention to the … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 1, The Evangelists

We enjoy planning travel well in advance of our arrival at a destination. Studying natural and cultural history, provide us a greater appreciation of the landscape, cities, churches and museum when we actually view them. Anticipating a trip to Rome … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Edward II

When preparing for attending a Shakespeare play at the Blackfriar theatre, I head to the bookshelf for my reference books. DK’s Essential Shakespeare Handbook outlines the plot and familiarize me with the characters and key speeches. Harold Bloom’s, The Invention of … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Fairest Picture, David C. Antonucci

During our stay at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, we noticed a statue of Mark Twain sitting on a bench outside of restaurant near some shops. I pondered what Mark Twain had to do with Lake Tahoe, while using … Continue reading

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Book Review: Founding Faith, Steven Waldman

Religion, society and politics in the USA. We seem to rediscover our faith every few generations, rekindling the debates about the role of individual, faith communities, and government. The current cycle of discussion may have begun with the Evangelical revival … Continue reading

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Old Time Religion

Religion and agrarian life fit well together. Maybe this is became most religious traditions developed well before the Industrial Revolution, urbanization and the rise of the Middle Class society. Many of the Biblical stories that I grew up with had … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Camp David

Mention former president Jimmy Carter and you will most likely get sighs from liberals and scowls from conservatives. Milquetoast. Failed presidency. Worst administration since FDR. Did more after his term in office than during… Why would Arena Stage commission a … Continue reading

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