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…

Humans as URLs

Our Uniqueness within Uniformity We like to think in terms of technology often. We talk about our limited “bandwidth” and how much incoming information we can take in and store. It helps us find some common ground in a world dominated by computers, cellphones and high-speed data transfers. I have been thinking about URLs (Uniform…

Amazing States of Being

Recently I read a fun article on unusual mental and feeling “states” but realized there were so many more. Here are twelve additional ones, followed by a more serious reflection on that state of mind we are each looking for: peace of mind (or contentment). De-nouement  Have you ever wished that you could go back…