Category Art

Sleepers Awake!

This week I had the good fortune to attend a free concert put on by the cute little undergrads at my current alma mater in which they sang Bach’s Wachet auf, ruf uns die Stimme. I usually like it when the conductor takes the time to explain the context of the work to be preformed – it makes me feel smarter […]


If you have ten minutes, listen to Reincarnations by American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981). The text is based on James Stephen’s translation of the Gaelic poems of Antoine O’Raifteri. These are songs where it really helps to listen to the words. Mary Hines She is the sky of the sun! She is the dart of love! […]

70s Rock Bands

I had Badfinger’s Finding Out About You stuck in my head all day. I have fairly eclectic taste in music but I find when I get a song stuck in my head it is always 70’s rock. The 70s gave us a lot of great things, like me. And it gave us some great music, like Badfinger and The […]

Only in the Middle Ages

The Virgin Mary socks the devil. She is obviously enjoying herself. The monk who painted this probably had a practical, good natured mother.

Wrapping up The Last Airbender: Four Favorite Things

I’ve finally finished watching the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. I had the feeling the writers had spent a disproportionate amount of their childhoods watching Star Wars (all the characters have daddy issues, and the desert episodes seem to be a homage to Tatooine) and playing video games (quests, levels and power-ups). But it is a […]

Art in Unexpected Places

Per Merriam Webster: Geek (v): be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of specialist or minority interest.   After an evening of seeing which martini I prefer (a cucumber Tanquery or a dirty Bombay Sapphire? Sweetness or salt? Lots of samples, still can’t decide.) I arrived home and thought I would […]


Not having cable or internet at home means I don’t spend much time watching TV, but every once in a while I’ll fish a cheap DVD out of the $3 bin at Walmart and watch it on my laptop. With wonderfully low expectations I am often pleasantly surprised. My latest surprise has been a cartoon that […]