1-Mail please? At the creation of Huntsville in Alabama, habitants used to have to read the newspaper to learn if they had mail. The post-office was founded much latter.
2-Missed opportunities: it is so sad to think that sometimes we miss opportunities to express our gratitude, love before it is too late.
3- How productive are you and does it matter in front of God? on going conversation...
4- After being disappointed in my last two reads, I am changing strategy and I am going to tackle a list of the greatest work( fiction and non-fiction) this one : http://thegreatestbooks.org/ This is a personal challenge however if you want to join me ,leave a comment.
I found this reflection very helpful to be close to God. Fr Leo talks about the 5 C :content(faith), conflict( doing his will and not ours), conversation( God is in us , we are never alone), cooperation( with our Lord, I am alive in Him) and contribution( I will bring something of him into the world). Let's write an unfinished symphony!
The Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69) was born in Belgium at the end of the high Renaissance . To put this in an historical context Michael Angelo had already created his master pieces, and the Reformation was rapidly spreading throughout north of Europe . The religious theme was becoming less prevalent. Artists had the opportunity to expand and show their interests in portraiture, mythology, landscape and other genre.
At first glance, Bruegel 's subject matter concentrates on the interrelationship between Man and Nature. He specialized in folk scenes depicting jovial peasants with bright and vivid manners. One might almost expects to hear laughter and music floating in the air. One finds more evidence of such work when his biographer underlines his decision to accept a secular commission (1565) at a time of great turmoil between the Catholic Church and the Reformation. The substantial commission consisted of the depiction of seasons throughout t…
Mary Cassatt (1844-1912) was an American Impressionist painter and print maker. She is well known for depicting ordinary family life. Her favorite theme was the special relationship between mother and child. It allows the viewer to have a glimpse into an intimate part of the subject's private world. It can be a great starting point for the introduction of one's children to Fine Arts. They can easily relate to the subject matter and one could readily begin an interesting conversation about the difference in the life of children today and in the 19th Century.
On the 23rd of January 2016, Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France reopened its doors to the general public. Their major attraction is the Isenheim altarpiece by the German painter Matthias Grunewald (c.1470 - August 31, 1528). This rather obscure painter ignored the Renaissance classicism of his time in order to pursue the earlier Medieval style. The Isenheim altarpiece is his most famous work. Commissioned around 1512 by the Monastery St Antoine, it was displayed in the hospital wing, which specialized in plague and skin diseases. Christ is shown as having plague like sores all over his body. This was meant to serve as a vivid reminder to the patients that Christ understood their sufferings and gave them Christian hope.