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The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

The Kiss of Judas by Giotto

On the evening before the crucifixion of Jesus, Good Friday, Jesus celebrated The Last Supper with his Apostles sealing a covenant with God and his fate.  As Jesus had predicted during the meal, Judas betrayed Jesus’ location and then his identity to the Roman soldiers with a […]

Female Sufis in the Medieval Period

Female Sufis in the Medieval Period

WOMAN WITH A SPRAY OF FLOWERS, ISFAHAN, IRAN, CA. 1595 Dr. Lloyd Ridgeon talks about the role of Sufi women in the medieval period. Ridgeone examines positive and negative portrayals of Sufi women in a wide range of texts. VIDEO: Female Sufis in the Medieval Period […]

On Images of The Prophet

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, […]

Medieval Sephardic Music | performance

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 have not […]

This Moment

This Moment

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh   Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, […]

"Today is a good day to die" redefined

"Today is a good day to die" redefined

There is a well-known misquote of Crazy Horse: “Today is a good day to die.” As such, it seems a grand statement of heroic, selfless, sacrifice in the face of an impossible feat, one from which you will likely not return. Stoic machismo. A fearless slap in the face for Death. I admit it appeals to me. Crazy Horse’s actual words translate into English as…
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Photography by Hussain Khalaf

Photography by Hussain Khalaf

Outstanding work by Bahraini photographer Hussain Khalaf.                                     He is a freelance photographer whose work is on display, and for sale at 500px. Hussain Khalaf 500px hjmk / Hussain Khalaf

Vatican Paintings | a book

Vatican Paintings | a book

I saw this article and immediately, with much excitement, ordered the book.  We have seen the most famous pieces.  The Vatican collection is massive though.  Of the many books on the Vatican art collections, I have not seen one with ALL of the Old Master […]

Ravi Shankhar revisited

Ravi Shankhar revisited

Ravi Shankhar was nominated for another Grammy in 2014.  He died in 2012, at 92 years old.  I was thinking about him, so I put together a few pieces to enjoy.  His daughter is also exceptional and I have included her as well, but not […]

Indian Classical Music

Indian Classical Music

Indian classical music is principally based on melody and rhythm, not on harmony, counterpoint, chords, modulation and the other basics of Western classical music.  The tradition of Indian classical music is an oral one. It is taught directly by the guru to the disciple, rather than […]



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