Orthodox Pentecost Sunday

After the Saviour's Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the most holy Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem.Entering into the house where they gathered, they … Continue reading Orthodox Pentecost Sunday

Sitting in Scituate, Mass

A vigil to save a Roman Catholic Church in Scituate, Mass.Parishioner Barbara Nappa is part of a group keeping a vigil at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church in Scituate, Mass., which was closed in 2004. Photo: Christopher Churchill for The Wall Street Journal May 26, 2015 12:20 p.m. ET SCITUATE, Mass.— Susan McDonough used to … Continue reading Sitting in Scituate, Mass

Religious Liberty a right put out to vote

M A Y 4 , 2 0 1 5 the National Review   Nothing better illustrates the sheer irrationality of the national furor over the better illustrates religious-freedom law passed by Indiana than the absence of a national furor over the religious-freedom law passed by Arkansas the following week. Indiana passed a religious-freedom law that … Continue reading Religious Liberty a right put out to vote

Memorial Day & Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia Thousands of visitors come to America's most hallowed cemetery on Memorial Day for one of two major annual observances; the first on the calendar is Memorial Day.   The other is Veterans Day, November 11. Over 300,000 veterans have been laid to rest here since the property was seized from General … Continue reading Memorial Day & Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Comedienne Anne Meara, mother of Ben, reposes , 85

A much younger AnneAnne Meara, part of Stiller and Meara and mother of Ben Stiller, he of the Night at the Museum series,  died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85. They did not provide the cause.She was a  tall redhead with a brassy Long Island accent  and a self-confident demeanor,   Her partner and … Continue reading Comedienne Anne Meara, mother of Ben, reposes , 85

diChirico Stained Glass ala 1150

I found it hard to believe that this was not a modern window done by one of the many Italian deconstructivists of the 20th Century.  But it's not.  Instead with it's very contemporary styling, patchwork motifs, this windows was made for the​​ Cattedrale Di Santa Maria La Nuova in Monreale, Sicily, Italy around the 12th … Continue reading diChirico Stained Glass ala 1150

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island lies off the Coast of Queensland, Australia in the Coral Sea  and is only about 12 miles long and 2 miles wide or about half the size of Manhattan.  It once was inhabited and forested for its plentiful timber, but now is desolate, as shown in the picture,  and is a national park.Whitsunday … Continue reading Whitsunday Island

Dzhohkar gets the chair

It seems that the defence's argument was that he was a fatherless boy that had no real male role model in his life other than Tamerlane, his brother,  Thankfully that did not stick and he gets the chair nonetheless.  My family in Boston believes in reality Dzho, will spend time going from appeal to appeal … Continue reading Dzhohkar gets the chair

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Nepal’s Kumari and the Quake

Amid the devastation of Kathmandu's Durbar Square, where the old royal palace and Hindu temples were reduced to rubble by last week's earthquake, one house decorated with carvings of deities stands almost unscathed: the home of the Kumari, the city's living child-goddess and the nation's protector. "We believe it was her powers that might have … Continue reading Nepal’s Kumari and the Quake