Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Baroque Birthday

Johann Sebastian Bach
March 31, 1685 - July 28, 1750
"To strip human nature until its divine attributes are made clear, to inform ordinary activities with spiritual fervor, to give wings of eternity to that which is most ephemeral; to make divine things human and human things divine; such is Bach, the greatest and purest moment in music of all time."                                 ~ Pablo Casals
"If Bach is not in Heaven.....I am not going!"                           William F. Buckley

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Bravest

"US Soldier in Baghdad," photo by Karen Ballard
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it."
~ Thucydides (460-395 BC)

Sunday, March 15, 2015


"All men harbor fears and doubts. We struggle to overcome them. Fanaticism springs from the effort to deny them."
~Professor Conrad Woolsey in THE ASSASSIN LOTUS

The Big Picture

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Icon paintings of the infamous beheading of St. John the Baptist are a long tradition among the Eastern Orthodox. Recently the Coptic Egyptian Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii asked digital artist Tony Rezk to make an icon of the 21 Coptic Egyptian men who were beheaded by ISIS in Libya.
(click to enlarge)
As Father Peter Carota describes: "The Icon shows them kneeling near the Mediterranean Sea before they were beheaded for Christ. They are in the orange jumpsuits they died in and have red sashes to show that they shed their blood for Jesus. The angels are showering down on them the crown of martyrdom.  Many verbally professed Jesus as they died." 
Read an interview with the artist HERE.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


"Spirituality is like a bird.
If you cage it in too much, 
it is stifled.
If you let down all guards, 
it flies away.

~Rabbi Yisrael Salanter