Bannon and the Vatican

According to the invitation, printed in Italian, on the letterhead of an arcane association called Lettera22, the topic of Steve Bannon’s European speech would be “Gli algoritmi dell’Informazione”—the algorithms of information. Bannon, formerly of Breitbart and the Donald Trump campaign, had called the European Parliament elections scheduled for the end of May “one of the … Continue reading Bannon and the Vatican

The Highwaymen on Netflix and Frank Hamer

The early years of the 20th century were a time of transition in the Southwest. This was especially true for law enforcement. Men who had started their careers riding horseback in pursuit of rustlers and bandits soon were called upon to deal with fast cars, Tommy guns and gangsters. Some of the lawmen couldn’t make … Continue reading The Highwaymen on Netflix and Frank Hamer

The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44’Living Under Occupation

ByRonald C. RosbottomApril 9, 2019 7:05 p.m. ET ‘In some countries, the French have the reputation of being anti-Semitic,” Jacques Semelin writes in “The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44.” It is the goal of his careful study to show that France as a nation deserves more credit for helping save the majority of … Continue reading The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44’Living Under Occupation

Toasting Kleopatra

Drink Your Vinegar from the Farmer’s Almanac Drinking vinegars — also called shrub syrups – have been around for centuries. In the ancient Middle East shrub syrups (called sharāb) were created as a means to purify water through the addition of vinegar. Vinegar is the base for all shrub syrups. Any vinegar containing at least … Continue reading Toasting Kleopatra

Prayer first from St. John Maximovitch

The power of God is most effective when the person asking for his help, acknowledges his own inadequacy, his personal weakness and realization that his sinful nature makes him proud and unyielding.  It is this knowledge that is the cornerstones of Christian humility and the fundamental virtue of a believer.

Brutalism and the Church

This church is located on a hill in Mauer, on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria.  It is the brainchild of sculptor Fritz Wotruba’s life the project’s architect, Fritz G. Mayr, is often forgotten, and was constructed in the mid-1970s.  Mayr completed the project a year after Wotruba’s death, enlarging the artist’s clay model to create a functional walk-in concrete sculpture., … Continue reading Brutalism and the Church

Changing focus…

I’ve been hesitant for a long time to discuss this, but to be honest, the “in my anguish” title, some 7 years ago occurred because I lost touch with my husband, who went AWOL.  like the Rolling Stone song with Mick sings of the disparrows i.e. los disperoses of the Nicaragua years,   I was sick in grief and … Continue reading Changing focus…

The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath

MY mother and her 17 brothers and sisters had an Orthodox upbringing — all photographs of their father show him wearing a yarmulke, and I was told that he woke up if it fell off during the night. My father, too, came from an Orthodox background. Both my parents were very conscious of the Fourth … Continue reading The late Oliver Sacks on Celebrating Sabbath