Whisper Of The Heart

January 11, 2022
Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō

High Sierra

January 10, 2022
I've been higher than the high Sierra 
Lower than Death Valley must be 
I've been right, mostly wrong 
Wrong about you, right about me 
Harley L. Allen
Performed by Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris
From the 1999 album Trio 2


January 9, 2022
I spent the current semester that is winding to an end with my students in two different courses studying the limitless ways in which human beings have used truths they claim to be in possession of—religious, political, what have you—to justify violence against and killing of fellow human beings who happen to embrace different and incompatible Truths—the capital “T” signifying something unchanging and absolute. The Crusades, various wars of religion, the Nazis—virtually any truth can be dressed up as a Truth, then used as a weapon of mass destruction. The best comment on this dynamic I ever read came from the author of a letter to the editor in the local newspaper a number of years ago: Pursue the truth, and run like hell from anyone who claims to have it.

The truth is something that we make. This is not a surprise, because as a matter of fact all ways of seeing reality are human constructions. Truth is not an exception. Everything we believe is a product of a complex filtering and organizing process through any number of filters, from genetic to experiential. Truth is a relative business—relative to each human being since each of our filters are uniquely ours. These filters change over time as each of us changes. Supposing truth to be something to be discovered and “owned” is not only a mistake, but is also damaging. As Christian Wiman writes, Nothing poisons truth so quickly as an assurance that one has found it.
Vance Morgan
"Pursue the Truth, Even if You Never Catch It," published by Patheos
Photo by Teslariu Mihai on Unsplash

Snow At Nezu Gongen Shrine, 1933

January 8, 2022
Kawase Hasui
 The Walters Art Museum 

Christmas Night In Harlem

December 30, 2021
Raymond Scott
Performed by  Louis Armstrong & The Benny Carter Orchestra 

Wonderful Christmastime

December 29, 2021
Paul McCartney
Saturday Night Live
December 15, 2012

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

December 28, 2021
Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Performed by Darlene Love
From the 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

A Mother And Child Looking At The Virgin And Child

December 27, 2021
Reginald Bottomley

Coventry Carol

December 26, 2021
Performed by  Magdalen College Choir & John Harper 

Madonna Del Granduca

December 25, 2021

A Cradle In Bethlehem

December 24, 2021
Larry Stock and Alfred Bryan
Performed by Nat King Cole
From his album The Christmas Song (1960)

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

December 23, 2021
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Frank Sinatra

Maybe By Next Christmas

December 22, 2021
Allison Young and Carson McKee

Let’s Get Away

December 21, 2021
Amanda Shires
From the album For Christmas

Just Be Loving And Kind

December 21, 2021
Just be loving and kind, merciful and forgiving, encouraging, grateful, non-judgmental, and useful. 
God, as filtered through Kathy McDaniel
Photo by Evie S. on Unsplash

Madonna And Child And Two Angels

December 20, 2021

The Wexford Carol

December 20, 2021
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss and  Natalie MacMaster
From the album Songs of Joy and Peace

Blue Christmas

December 18, 2021
Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson
Performed by Elvis Presley
From the album Elvis' Christmas Album