The Art of Mary McCleary

Art / Books

I have never seen a work by Mary McCleary in person but wish I could. She makes collages, merging pieces of string, bits of…

The Faithfulness of Sadao Watanabe

Art / Books

I remember when I first fell in love with the art of printmaking. Somehow I came across the woodblock print by Albrecht Durer, Four…

Nourishing Our Souls

Art / Visual Art

“Beautiful things are a delight to the senses, a pleasure to the mind, and a refreshment for the spirit,” artist Makoto Fujimura writes in…

Serrano’s Piss Christ Reconsidered

Art / Visual Art

I first became aware of Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ in a conversation with Howard Fox, then curator of contemporary art at the L.A. County…

Omne Quod Spirat Laudet Dominum

Art / Music

We drove to the Twin Cities last night (in a light snowstorm) for a concert by the St Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). The traffic…

Margie’s 2013 Christmas Gift List

Art / Books / Safe Place

I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro, Grove Press, NY, 2013. (Short story collection) Quatro writes short stories like a post-modern Flannery…

Enlarging Imagination: The Art of Ned Bustard

Art / Visual Art

One of my earliest memories concerning art involved the exquisite woodcut block prints of Albrecht Durer (1471-1528). I’m uncertain where I came upon them,…

Imagination matters

Art / Maturity and Flourishing / Spirituality

One of the reasons I have sworn allegiance to Christ as king is that I believe the ancient prophets. Their words echo down the…

The Forbidden Bird (a short story)

Art / Culture / Ordinary Life

The Forbidden Bird Far beneath the gaze of perfect clouds drifting through a peerless twilight sky, there ran two children down a winding forest…

What’s happened to you?

Art / Movies

Evil depicted in Breaking Bad and Mad Men In one of the most stunning scenes in AMC's Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White explains to…