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Look and See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky

PBS is airing an amazing film on Wendell Berry and the Environment which just premiered on April 23rd and is available through May 7th HERE.  It is also available for those who have Netflix. Berry, an essayist, and poet is also a farmer in rural Kentucky. The Hour-long film is well-done combining a number of stories at once…

Not a Retreat – It’s an Advance

  More and more our virtual and actual lives are jockeying for position. This article spends zero time on the goodness, badness or effects. This is about how to use some aspects of virtual life to your personal existential advantage; or how you can use the idea of a digital retreat as an actual means…

Where Three People Have Gone Before…

Behold the ethereal snailfish! Well actually you cannot, for its habitat is 5 miles below the surface, so unless you possess the world’s greatest high pressure submarine (and the money to drop down into the Mariana Trench) you haven’t a chance. Watching the new BBC series Blue Planet II leaves the Scientist in awe and…

Beauty, Art & the God Who is There

TURNING AND TURNING IN THE WIDENING GYRE THE FALCON CANNOT HEAR THE FALCONER; THINGS FALL APART; THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD; MERE ANARCHY IS LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE IS LOOSED, AND EVERYWHERE THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE IS DROWNED; THE BEST LACK ALL CONVICTION, WHILE THE WORST ARE FULL OF PASSIONATE INTENSITY. THE SECOND…

Matisse Revisited

I have loved Matisse forever. I considered naming my daughter Camille, well…you get it. I’m happy with Camille and so is she. But I first saw Matisse’s Jazz (cut-outs which are pretty simple but amazing) at the old SFMOMA with a group of high school students I had brought there for a retreat. We had stayed…

Global Christianity & the Arts

Global Art & Faith in Praxis Take away the Christian faith and one wonders what would be left artistically, architecturally – in almost any concrete area there would be an almost Pascal-sized abyss where once there were richess beyond measure. But what have we done lately? And what are we doing in the face of the…