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

Stained Glass windows at MOCA

These stained glass windows were created expressly for  the exhibition ‘art in the streets. ’   They were completed with students from the city of angels public school in los angeles. The artist erected panels in the schoolyard and requested that they be tagged for source material.  The resulting boards were placed behind a medieval silhouette, … Continue reading Stained Glass windows at MOCA

Wooden Church “the asplund chapel”

all images by alessandra chemollo These are the first photographs from the 16th international architecture exhibition of  the ‘asplund chapel’, designed by MAP studio and built by ALPI. It was conceived as a prelude to the exhibition.  The structure displays Asplund’s architectural drawings for the original woodland chapel — located at skogskyrkogården cemetery in Sweden, south of Stockholm. The chapel measures 33 square meters,  … Continue reading Wooden Church “the asplund chapel”

Icelandic Church on lights

‘rafmögnuð náttúra’ by marcos zotes and thessia machado image by jón oskar hauksson ‘rafmögnuð náttúra’ by marcos zotes and chris jordan.        image by kristjan söebeck ‘rafmögnuð náttúra’ by marcos zotes and coco karol image by jón oskar hauksson ‘rafmögnuð náttúra’ by marcos zotes image by ragnar th sigurðsson ‘rafmögnuð náttúra’ by marcos … Continue reading Icelandic Church on lights

History of Nehemiah

the tomb of Xerxes I built by his son, Artaxerxes i Books 1-7 of Nehemiah  are considered his memoirs.  Books 8-12 are  thought to be editted later by the prophet Ezra, but that is problematic because Ezra is traditionally, Ezra (Esdras I+ II) is considered to have been in Jerusaleum thirteen years earlier than Nehemiah, … Continue reading History of Nehemiah

Job on life

Job xiii. verses 1-2“Man, born of woman, lives but a few days, 2 and they are nothing but trouble.  2 He grows up like a flower in a beautiful meadow, and then just as suddenly, withers away; " On a bad day, it does feel like that, on a good one, it's just like heaven. … Continue reading Job on life