Faces #5

May 7, 2021

In The Café

May 6, 2021
Fernand Lungren
The Art Institute of Chicago
1882

Fever

May 5, 2021
Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell
Josh Turner featuring Allison Young
1956

Yellow Dancers (In The Wings)

May 4, 2021
Edgar Degas
The Art Institute of Chicago
1874

Non Dimenticar

May 3, 2021
P. G. Redi, Michele Galdieri, Shelley Dobbins
Performed by Nat King Cole
1958

In The Still Of The Night

May 2, 2021
"In the Still of the Night" was written by Cole Porter for the MGM film Rosalie
Cole Porter
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
1937

Venice

May 1, 2021
Bob Humphrey
My Traveling Star
2019

Faces #4

April 30, 2021

Bell Tower In Rain

April 29, 2021

Newsweek

April 28, 2021
1972

Love Is A Losing Game

April 27, 2021
Love is a losing game
One I wish I never played
Oh, what a mess we made
And now, the final frame
Amy Winehouse
Performance from the Irish TV series Other Voices
From the album Back to Black
2006

Woman With A Child In A Pantry

April 26, 2021

Eaten By Fascists From The Feet Up

April 25, 2021
The Southern Baptist Convention is the system that loosely connects the churches. For years, it was pretty much what is sounds like—an annual get together where members from the various churches gave speeches, ate traditional convention rubber chicken, and talked about the focus of the church over the coming year. For decades, most churches looked on this convention as a huge bore, and finding someone willing to attend usually required fingering a deacon who wasn’t quick enough to come up with an excuse.

But starting in the late 1970s, a group of extreme conservatives within the church got a simple idea. They encouraged their members to volunteer for the convention, and they reached out to like-minded members of other churches to persuade them to come. As soon as they held a majority at the convention, they demonstrated what so many members in all those churches had forgotten: The convention held incredible power. Using that power, they redefined what it meant to be a member church, requiring that each church swear to follow a very strict set of teaching, including things like biblical inerrancy and conservative social positions. At all levels, from pulpits, to seminaries, to missionaries, progressives and moderates were expelled.

Almost 2,000 churches left the convention. The conservatives didn’t care. That only helped them to purify their revised organization; in the wake of those departures they grew stronger by incorporating the idea of “mega-churches” that recreated many of the institutions, like youth sports leagues, that had once been part of the community. The SBC emerged from this takeover apparently weakened, but ultimately grew to be a powerhouse in the conservative movement and a cornerstone of the modern Republican Party. Whenever you see the term “evangelicals,” you can think of it as “Southern Baptists and others,” because the SBC is now the largest organization on the “Christian Right” by far—over 47,000 churches and 14 million members.

The reason for recounting this history is that something very similar has happened with Republican organizations at the state and local level. 

Finding The Delight In Uncertainty

April 24, 2021
We might instinctively dislike uncertainty, but in truth, we would be so bored without it. Imagine watching a movie and always knowing how it turns out, or reading the same book over and over. We want surprise, adventure, and possibility.

Uncertainty is the place where we learn — if we are certain about something, there’s nothing new to learn. It’s the place where we form intimate relationships, create art, make something new. It’s the place of discovery, play, dance, growth. It’s the pre-requisite for all of this!

Connect with the times when you’ve felt the most meaning and joy: these times were filled with delicious uncertainty!

Imagine going out into the unknown, on an adventure, and find the delight in the uncertainty.

Imagine doing something meaningful for someone, with uncertainty along for the ride, adding so much meaning to the endeavor.

Imagine the uncertainty and dance of a new relationship, the vulnerability and discovery of it.

Notice the uncertainty in your life right now: is there a way you could be grateful for it? Can you savor it, like a delicious desert? Can you delight in it, like a newly discovered aria?

Can you allow yourself to open to it, and fall in love with the uncertainty of your life?

Carpool Karaoke - Paul Mccartney

April 23, 2021

Carry On

April 22, 2021
And now that all's
Been said and done
Who said it best
Were you the one?
Let's just forget
Leave it behind
And carry on
Norah Jones
From the album Day Breaks
2016

Cleveland

April 21, 2021
Bob Humphrey
My Traveling Star
2015

Police Fatally Shoot 15-Year-Old Girl In Columbus, Ohio

April 21, 2021
Kimberly Shepherd, 50, who has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years, said she knew the victim.

Shepherd and her neighbor Jayme Jones, 51, had celebrated the guilty verdict of Chauvin. But things changed quickly, she said.

“We were happy about the verdict. But you couldn’t even enjoy that,” Shepherd said. “Because as you’re getting one phone call that he was guilty, I’m getting the next phone call that this is happening in my neighborhood.”

The shooting occurred as advocates warned that while the Chauvin verdict should be hailed for holding police accountable, it does not amount to justice for George Floyd, and that far more work must be done to tackle systemic racism and police brutality.

Chauvin Guilty On All Three Charges

April 20, 2021
Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder for killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, a crime that prompted waves of protests in support of racial justice in the US and across the world.

The jury swiftly and unanimously convicted Chauvin of all the charges he faced – second- and third-degree murder, and manslaughter – after concluding that the white former Minneapolis police officer killed the 46-year-old Black man in May through a criminal assault, by pinning him to the ground so he could not breathe.

Walk Away Renee

April 19, 2021
Your name and mine inside a heart upon a wall
Still finds a way to haunt me though they're so small 
Bob Callili, Tony Sansone & Michael Brown
Performed by The Left Banke
1966