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Daily Archives: January 6th, 2013

The March of the Kings

  BEFORE this Feast of the Epiphany ends, listen if you have the chance to British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The March of the Kings from his Christmas Cantata Hodie (This Day) here. It begins approximately at minute 2:50 in this recording. The March conveys the regal atmosphere of the men proceeding toward Bethlehem. It is magnificent and exhilarating. […]

The Wise Men

  IN The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton wrote of the Magi, the Eastern philosopher kings who traveled to Bethlehem under the guidance of a star. While the shepherds were drawn out of simplicity to the baby in the manger, the Oriental kings, carrying expensive gifts, were drawn by a longing for truth and wisdom. The […]

The Epiphany


The New Year with Strauss

  I WAS away for a week during the Christmas season, taking care of a sick aunt in Florida, so I did not get a chance to watch the Vienna Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Day concert, which takes place in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. Fortunately, the concert, conducted this year by Franz Welser-Möst, can be […]


  THE DANISH painter Viggo Johansen painted several wonderful pictures of friends gathered around a table conversing in lamplight, their faces animated by deep conversation and intense rapport. They include this 1886 painting, Aftenpassiar, or Evening Talk. In each of the paintings, his conversing men and women appear in suits and elegant dress, as if intellectual communion is a […]

VAWA Bullies

  IN THIS interview with Jennifer Granholm, Tricia Rose, a professor from Brown University, expresses disbelief that the Violence Against Women Act was not reauthorized by the 112th Congress. But here’s the astounding part. The Ivy League professor maintains that Republicans did not want to move the bill because they did not want to protect Native […]

The Homemade Casket

  SEE Carolyn’s moving comments in the thread about cremation. She describes how her family and friends have made burial a more personal — and also less expensive — affair. When her grandson died as a baby, her husband made the casket himself.