Introducing Frits Thaulow: History’s Little-Known Master of Water Paintings

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. — Loren Eiseley I first discovered the Norwegian Impressionist painter Frits Thaulow (1847-1906) a few months ago during my winter landscapes project. I decided to dive into his work a little deeper and I quickly found that, for all of his gifts as …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 4

Hey folks. A little over a week ago I hopped on Skype again with my buddies Geoff, Jonny, and special guest Zaya — filling in for Kyle who was on a ski trip — and recorded another episode of our so-called “podcast,” “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” As always, it’s basically just us having a free-wheeling conversation. …

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Edward Hopper, Paul Tillich, and the Difference Between Loneliness and Solitude (pt. 2)

In part 1, I used the paintings of Edward Hopper to suggest that, despite our understandably kneejerk aversion to being alone, there may be unexpected joys and opportunities in solitude that we’ll come to miss when this pandemic is over. But what is it, more specifically, we might miss? Twentieth century philosopher-theologian Paul Tillich offered …

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Edward Hopper, Paul Tillich, and the Difference Between Loneliness and Solitude (pt. 1)

[A]nd when the evening was come, he was there alone.  — Matthew 14:23 I want to begin with a disclaimer: I assume it’s self-evident at this point that this pandemic has been making many of us mentally and spiritually sick, if not physically. Mental health professionals say it could take years for some of us …

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A Word for Good Friday and Easter

I don’t think our deepest question is, ‘‘Is there a God?’’I think our deepest question is, ‘‘Is there a God who’s with us in all this?’’-- Scott Erickson, "Stations in the City" Folks, there are times when all of life can feel like a crucifixion and resurrection our only hope. The pandemic has been a …

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