You Never Can Tell

July 12, 2021
They bought a souped-up jitney, was a cherry red '53
And drove it down to Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
"C'est la vie," say the old folks, "it goes to show you never can tell" 
Chuck Berry
Performed by Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band in 1977
1964

Faces #8

July 11, 2021
Photo by Houcine Ncib on Unsplash

La Belle Iseult

July 10, 2021
William Morris
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1858

Surfer Girl

July 9, 2021

Summerfly

July 8, 2021
In another younger day I could dream the time away
In the universe inside my room
And the world was really mine from June till September
And if it wasn’t really so I was lucky not to know
And I was lucky not to wonder why
‘Cause the summertime is all that I remember
Cheryl Wheeler
Performed by Maura O'Connell - lead vocals, Jerry Douglas - dobro, Russ Barenberg - guitar, and Edgar Meyer - bass for  Kentucky Educational Television's "The Lonesome Pine Specials"
1989

Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ohashi Bridge And Atake

July 7, 2021
Utagawa Hiroshige
The Cleveland Museum of Art
1857

Michelangelo's David

July 6, 2021

He's A Rebel

July 5, 2021
If they don't like him that way
They won't like me after today
I'll be standing right by his side when they say
"He's a rebel and he'll never ever be any good"
Gene Pitney
Recorded by The Blossoms (featuring lead singer Darlene Love) and credited to The Crystals. Produced by Phil Spector.
1962

Philadelphia Sunday Press

July 4, 2021
1896

The Ploughman And The Shepherdess

July 3, 2021

Untitled

July 2, 2021
Joseph Janney Steinmetz
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, American Professional Photographers Collection 
1956

Rolling Stone

July 1, 2021
2021

Golden Legend

June 30, 2021
Armand Point
1897

Blue (50Th Anniversary)

June 29, 2021
  1. A Case Of You (Demo) 0:00:00
  2. California (Demo) 0:04:00
  3. Hunter (Outtake) 0:07:30
  4. River (Outtake with French Horns) 0:10:25
  5. Urge For Going (Outtake with Strings) 0:14:27

Joni Mitchell
1971

If Maga Christianity Is Christianity—I’m Not A Christian And Neither Is Jesus

June 28, 2021
Every day I get Christian family members and former church friends and total strangers, writing to let me know me they feel sorry for me, that they’re worried for my soul, that they’re praying for my immediate repentance, and to remind me that I’m not a “real Christian.”

That used to bother me.

Now, it encourages me.

Now I see that their “real Christianity” isn’t anything I want to be a part of anyway.

 If being a Christian means embracing a man who boasted that he could grab women by the genitalia, I’m out.

 If being a Christian means denying the votes of people of color or justifying their executions at traffic stops, I’ll pass.

 If being a Christian means nurturing mindless conspiracies and shunning safeguards and stoking hate crimes, I’m gonna opt out.

 If being a Christian means pretending a deadly terrorist attack on our Capitol was just a “group of tourists,” I denounce it as a my former religion. 

Emma Hart As Circe

June 27, 2021
George Romney
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1782

Jesus Was On The Side Of The Poor And Exploited

June 27, 2021
I grew increasingly unable to reconcile this with a gospel that proclaimed itself “good news to the poor”. 

We’d turned a religion based on following the ultimately selfless One into an institution that validated selfishness as “blessing” and used any power it possessed to maintain its cultural and political ascendancy. Now, as in Jesus’ time, the political and religious elite collude to maintain the structural and economic inequalities that are of benefit to them. 

Jesus was overtly on the side of the poor, the excluded, the ignored, the disenfranchised and the exploited. He was on their side when it damaged his reputation, his earning potential and any hope he had of moving up the ranks of religious or political power. He was on their side when he drove out the price-manipulators and rent-seekers in the temple courts and he was on their side when it cost him his life. 

It would be hard to argue that Christians should support one party or another – to be unconditionally aligned no matter how their values and policies change over time.

However, I do believe we are called to be on the side of those who are marginalized and disadvantaged by a system designed to benefit those at the top. If we follow Jesus, we will stand with and for all who are left out, forgotten, abused and socially, economically and politically excluded – no matter the personal cost.

Study For ‘The Blind Girl’

June 26, 2021
Sir John Everett Millais
Photo © Tate 
CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported)  
1854

Faces #7

June 25, 2021
Photo by Mile Modic on Unsplash

Good Day Sunshine

June 24, 2021
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Kate Taylor
From the 2021 album Why Wait!
1966