The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 3/4: 1900-1930

Yeah! [Winter] really is beautiful, isn't it? But it's so white. You know, how about a little color? I'm thinking like maybe some crimson, chartreuse. How about yellow? -- Olaf, in Frozen (2013) Hello again! I hope you enjoyed parts 1 and 2 of this monumental and slightly insane 4-part series on winter landscape painting. …

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40 of My Favorite African-American Spirituals, Folk, and Freedom Songs

My soul look back and wonder How did I make it over -- Mahalia Jackson, "How I Got Over" Y’all, I know it may be strange for me to say as a half-American middle-class white kid in 2021—and I hope it doesn’t conjure images of Craig in that classic “Juneteenth” episode of Atlanta—but one of …

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More from MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an antiwar demonstration in New York in April 1967, with Dr. Benjamin Spock to his right. In my previous post I linked the little reflection I wrote to commemorate MLK Day. In that reflection, I referenced a famous antiwar speech MLK gave late in his life—the “Beyond …

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Reflections on Another MLK Day, Past Posts for Mbird, Foxes vs. Hedgehogs, and a Partial Apology of Sorts

We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.– Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam” Hey folks! I hope you all had a good long weekend (if it applies) and are generally doing well these days. I can’t believe we’ve finally reached the last full day …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 2/4: 1870-1900

Hey folks! I hope you enjoyed part 1 of this 4-part series from a couple days ago. I've now finished compiling part 2. I'm going to go ahead and repost most of my introduction from the first post providing some background for this weird project. The paintings follow. Here you go: [M]y latest obsession—as odd …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 1

Look, I've never made a podcast, never been on a podcast, and generally don't listen to podcasts. But I do miss talking to my friends, most of whom are scattered to the four corners of the earth. I also enjoy talking about interesting topics — politics, current events, art, music, literature, pop culture, high culture, …

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The Surprisingly Interesting History of Winter Landscape Painting, Pt. 1/4: 1400-1870

Happy 2021, folks! I don't know about you, but I'm definitely feeling a great swell of hope and gratitude as we move forward into this new year, with its promise of vaccines, a reopened economy, and rekindled friendships and community ties. Fingers crossed! Anyway, as many of you know, I have a bit of an …

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Merry Christmas, in Love and Squalor

This is no time for a child to be born […]Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.-- Madeleine L'Engle It goes without saying: Things are not okay. Most people I know are downright soul-sick from ten months of cabin fever, anxiety, ennui, social/physical famine, episodic mental health collapses, and the various forms of unhealthy …

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One More on Advent: the Spirit of Santa, Miracle on 34th Street, Bridesmaids, AA, the Beatitudes, and G. K. Chesterton’s “Unreasonable” Hope

Hope is a strange invention—A Patent of the Heart—In unremitting actionYet never wearing out— -- Emily Dickinson Happy Christmas Eve folks! Christmas is finally almost here, but it turns out I had a few assorted Advent thoughts I still wanted to spew out at you. Here goes… I love the holidays, gaudy kitsch and all. …

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My Nine Favorite Sparkling Water Flavors of 2020

Here’s another free advertising post. I used to look down on my nose at people who drank canned sodas all the time—don’t they know how bad it is for their health! But no more. The pandemic has made me a soda addict. Granted, I’m not drinking the old syrupy stuff that gave my grandfather diabetes, …

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