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A Father’s Love Remains to the End

2021-01-17T18:46:19+00:00January 17th, 2021|BEAUTY|

The first recorded piece of human art is believed to be a tiny, 30,000-year-old sculpture of a goddess found in Australia (called the Venus of Willendorf). The extraordinary Lascaux caves in southern France give us a record of Stone Age man (15,000 years ago) telling of his hunting exploits in remarkable cave drawings. From [...]

Who Taught Leonardo to Paint?

2021-01-09T14:46:19+00:00January 9th, 2021|Art & Architecture, BEAUTY|

His name was Verrocchio (sounds like Pinocchio). That’s the short answer to our title question. Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488) was a Florentine master of arts and the tutor to the young Leonardo da Vinci. The longer description of Verrocchio is quite engaging. He was a man who had an enormous influence on the world [...]

The Last Poem of a Dying Clergyman

2020-11-28T05:06:24+00:00November 11th, 2020|BEAUTY, Literature, VIDEO|

Sometimes people have a certain intuition, a premonition, of their own imminent deaths. This may take the form of a vague sense of the approaching end, or a specific sign, but some seem to know it in a way that transcends natural knowledge. It is a distinct type of spiritual knowledge beckoning one’s attention [...]

Top Secret Drum Corps: Swiss Precision at its Finest

2020-11-26T00:51:11+00:00May 25th, 2020|BEAUTY, Inspiration, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

Switzerland is like a hidden jewel in the middle of Europe, a mountainous land with a highly secretive banking system and a tradition of remaining neutral during wars. The Swiss culture has given the world exquisite chocolates, precision watches, cuckoo clocks, the Swiss Army knife, and even the modern marvel of Velcro! What an [...]

John Rutter’s Glorious Psalm 23 – Part 1: The Shepherd

2020-11-26T00:52:12+00:00May 15th, 2020|BEAUTY, God & Jesus Christ, Music & Performance, VIDEO|

The Shepherd English composer, choirmaster and conductor, John Rutter, sets the most famous of all psalms (Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd”) to music in an exquisite piece of art that incorporates voice, orchestra and vivid musical imagery. This commentary is the first of two on Rutter's piece. Part 1 focuses on the [...]

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