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Hail Holy Queen

August 15, 2012


The Crowning of the Virgin, Oddi Altar; Raphael, 1502

FROM The Revelation of St. John the Divine, 11:19 – 12:6:

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: Read More »


Separation vs. Divorce

August 15, 2012


PORTIA writes:

I saw your post on hiring married women, and the film example reminded me of a novel in which the then-common horror of divorce is central to the story, the first novel I read that made it clear to me on a gut level just how unthinkable divorce was once considered in polite society. The novel was Jane of Lantern Hill, by L.M. Montgomery (author of the well-known Anne novels).

Jane is brought up believing that her father is dead, but eventually learns that her parents are separated. Not divorced: Jane is eleven years old and has to ask what the word ‘divorce’ means. Read More »


Best Pals

August 15, 2012


I saw this photo of Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Obama at a White House luncheon and was struck by the difference in their style of dress. Mrs. Reagan’s formal blouse, jacket, and earrings look elegant and authoritative. Mrs. Obama’s choice of two different patterns for a T-shirt and cardigan look far too casual for the event and would be more appropriate on a middle school teacher than the First Lady! I thought you would find this portrait of contrasts interesting given your previous attention to the decline of formality among public officials.

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