Remembering Veteran’s Day

  And Finally ... Death Valley, the hottest, driest and lowest national park. Eric Thayer for The New York Times Happy Veterans Day. Communities across the state with be holding parades in honor of those who have served. (See: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Salinas, Fresno, San Jose, Petaluma and …

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Opening the crypt of Jesus

I frankly this this is outright blasphemy, but hey what do I know.  I live in a dumb home where light bulbs can't take over.     Workers removing a marble top last week from the tomb said to be of Jesus Christ, in the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Credit Dusan Vranic/National Geographic, …

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Saints: July 11, St Olga Princess of Kiev

Today, July 11 is also a day to honour Saint Olga, Princess of Kyev, Ukraine and Equal-to-the-Apostles. She was renowned for her wisdom and sobriety, in her youth became the wife of Igor, Great Prince of Kiev, who ruled during the tenth century. After her husband's death, she herself ruled capably, and was finally moved …

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Holydays: Anthoussa of Constantinople, April 12th

I could find literally nothing about, Anthoussa the Righteous of Constantinople, other than one cryptic note that Anthoussa (the Flourishing) was the name of Constantinople upon its founding and that from a book by Maurice Boisson (Fr. drink) published in 1961 and titled Magic: it's history and principle rites.Maybe, that's just all there is: a …

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The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi

I thought of this old article I saved as being appropriate for Theophania/Epiphany or the Adoration of the Magi.  This painting is by Siennese Bartolo di Fredi (c. 1330-1410) a 14th century masterpiece. The article by Mr Holland Cotter, NYTimes.  The baby’s feet must smell sweet to the rapt old king who kneels and cups them …

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