Putting a Face on the Homeless


Compelling photos of some of the homeless people down south by  Dutch photographer Jan Banning.   These portraits are simple and direct with a sense of compassion that presents the subjects as real people.  Not as something to be gawked at and feel overwhelmed with guilt.  Outstanding.




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The Station on the Hill |LB Scott


we’re all lost little children who can’t find their way
following politicians straight to judgment day
in God we trust they say and put it on the dollar bill
then they rape the land we love from the station on the hill

——–for some would lie and some would kill
some would cheat and some would steal
from the station on the hill——-

in 1965 a strong young man

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St. Valentine, martyrdom and courtly love

Riding couple, mirror case. Ivory with traces ...

Saint Valentine is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14, the date of his martyrdom, and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.

He was said to have supported young couples in a time when marriage was banned for young men.   Emperor Claudius II desperately needed soldiers, not lovers.  In a time in which marriage was prohibited

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First African American Dictionary

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A delightful slice of history!  The image: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lena Horn and Cab Callaway

Cab Callaway not only had a way with words, his love of them led him to compile a “Hepster’s Dictionary” of Harlem musician slang circa 1938-40.  It featured 200 expressions used by the “hep cats” when they talk

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On Images of The Prophet


The author explores images of the Prophet Muhammad through creating an historical and cultural timeline sourced from Islamic texts, book art, and paintings.  I post this as a point of interest and insight to learn, not for debate.   I am not a Muslim, I am not knowledgeable, I offer no opinion, no answers.  I do have deep respect and great interest.

The Koran does not forbid images of the Prophet

By Christiane Gruber

In the wake of the

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A Scandalous Makeover at Chartres

"Carried away by the splendors of the moment, I did not initially realize that something was very wrong. I had noticed the floor-to-ceiling scrim-covered scaffolding near the crossing of the nave and transepts, but had assumed it was routine maintenance. But my more attentive wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter—who as a Columbia doctoral candidate took courses on Romanesque sculpture with the legendary Meyer Schapiro and Gothic architecture with the great medievalist Robert Branner—immediately noticed that large areas of the sanctuary’s deep gray limestone surface had been painted..." Read more...

Michelangelo’s disintegrating frescoes


“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.”

—Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787,

The article, and title of this post, is below The Restoration of 1984-94 segment.   It is about the current alarming state of the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.   It is a painful read. “Today, as the new physical

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“Godzilla does not feel emotion…Godzilla is emotion”

I imagine that you find this ridiculous.  Far from it.  This documentary from the BBC begins with the birth of the Godzilla phenomenon as an embodiment of the collective  anxiety, helplessness and rage of the Japanese people after WWII.  As they fell prey to the American atomic program in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the subsequent

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Medieval Sephardic Music | performance

Medieval Jewish music of  Spain.  Beautiful.

Exotic to our ears, ethereal and rhythmic.

Above is a long playlist of 26 pieces of Spanish Sephardic music.  The first performances are by “Ensemble Fontegara”.  They are period pieces featured at the beginning of the playlist.  I

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