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Favorite Books of 2020

The Reader by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot I think I completed 46 books this year– not counting audiobooks or books I read with the kids, which would add another dozen or two or more if I counted them. And I might have missed one or two, I...

Books Read in November and December

A Girl Reading by Berndt Abraham Godenhjelm November: I had a hernia repair surgery mid-month and went on a Georgette Heyer kick, both before and after. Lighthearted romances were definitely the order of the day. Six of them, mostly checked out from...

The Shelton with Sunspots

The Shelton with Sunspots by Georgia O’Keeffe Like a bride bedecked with her jewels she arises With the sun as her diadem, soars into the skies, Clouds as her veil, face obscured by the radiance That shines through her dark solidity As if it...

Black Door with Snow

Black Door with Snow by Georgia O’ Keeffe Blank and bare, black and white and adobe brown, baked brick remembers summer’s heat but gives nothing away. The snow whispers  its own story and soon will be gone. It lines the steps, hushes against...

Desire for the Vision of God

detail Presentation in the Temple by Rembrandt From the Office of Readings on Friday This was exactly what I needed to read. And fits so well with my recent thoughts about icons and God’s face… but it was a little long to include in that...

An Icon of the Face of God

Saint John Damascene and St Cosmas from The Menologion of Basil II Saint John of Damascus lived during the time of the iconoclasm controversy when the Emperor banned the veneration of icons. John wrote three treatises defending the practice of...

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