The Lord’s Prayer

On the lord's prayerWe believe that God forgives us our sins; but also that He will not do so unless we forgive other people their sins against us. There is no doubt about the second part of this statement and it was emphatically stated by our Lord that  if you don't forgive, you will not … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer

Vilnius Lithuania

The Old Town of Vilnius is one of the largest and best preserved historic districts in Europe. It has a magnificent collection of gothic, Renaissance, and baroque architecture. In 1996, the Government of Lithuania granted the museum the status of the National Museum of Lithuania in view of the fact that it held the most … Continue reading Vilnius Lithuania

Eating Weeds

I don’t know why this upset the Financial Times of London, but frankly I think it makes sense.  My grandmother used to pull up the dandelions for a salad (I remember it was bitter so she said you put a nice viniagrette and you are good), and I know many who have had thistle.  I … Continue reading Eating Weeds

Marx: Identifying the Struggle

 This part of the book details Marx's delineation of the Struggle.  He saw it as an ongoing, rational war between the compliant and self satisfied bourgeois and the underclass that gave their work away for pennies.  Berlin skips around a lot, and so it is possible that this section will be updated and revised as … Continue reading Marx: Identifying the Struggle

Saturday July 25/Dormition of Saint Anna

Today July 24/12 we celebrate the dormition of Saint Anna (Anne, Ann, Anita, Nancy). Saint Anna was the daughter of the priest Matthan and his wife Mary. She was of the tribe of Levi and so her lineage was traced to Moses's brother Aaron. According to Tradition, she died peacefully in Jerusalem at age 79, before … Continue reading Saturday July 25/Dormition of Saint Anna

July 23rd,Celebration of the Icon of the Mother of God "joy of all that Sorrow"

Today we have an interesting celebration: that of honouring an icon for Mother of God  called the "Joy of All That Sorrow".  The icon was inspired by the hymn of the same name. What made it a note worthy icon, was the miracle that took place in a church named Holy Theotokosthat was not far … Continue reading July 23rd,Celebration of the Icon of the Mother of God "joy of all that Sorrow"

Lake Onega, Russia

                      Saturday, July 11, 2015 In Russia's Lake Onega, you'll find the island of Kizhi, covered with an extraordinary array of more than 80 centuries-old wooden buildings transported here to create an open-air museum.Among them is the 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration of our Lord & Saviour, celebrated on 6th August, that was built in 1714 without … Continue reading Lake Onega, Russia

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburg

St. Isaac's Cathedral is the largest church in the city​, but few visit it compared to the Winter Palace and the Hermitage.It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, ​ under command of the Tsar who wanted it to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial … Continue reading Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburg

Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is one of the largest churches in the world.  It definitely looks impressive in this picture.  It is a  gorgeous mass of marble which houses 135 spires and 3,400 statues.   It has a rather Antonio Gaudi feel with all the gingerwork spirally around.It was started in 1386.  Initially it was a … Continue reading Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

Architect Donald Wexler reposes, 89

I like Wexler's work. I try to highlight notable Americans obituaries, that last gasp into someone's life, for inspiration and edification.  Donald Wexler, died on Friday, June 26, 2015, at his Palm Desert home.  He is probably the last, if not last  American steel and glass architect.   He was 89. His son Gary confirmed his … Continue reading Architect Donald Wexler reposes, 89