A Quiet Pursuit

For the past few months, I have been following the work of a previously unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. The story of the discovery and subsequent promotion of her work by dogged chronicler and historian John Maloof is portrayed brilliantly in a recent documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. It is the story of...

“Mercy, mercy, looking for mercy”

One of the words Pope Francis uses over and over again is mercy. Every time I see a reference to his book The Church of Mercy, Peter Gabriel’s haunting song “Mercy Street: For Anne Sexton” starts playing in my head. The imagery in the music video makes clear the connection to Anne...

The Day the Music Was Born

Earlier this week, we marked an anniversary that has been made the stuff of legends, but it seemed to pass without a lot of fanfare. Maybe it is because of time, the great leveler, as other more recent events grab our attention, or maybe it is simply a function of there being actually less and less people...

Winter Is the Time to Savor

Our guest blogger today, Mary Fishman, is the producer-director of the documentary Band of Sisters, her first film. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mary was an architect and urban planner. Born in Chicago, she was taught by Springfield Dominicans in elementary school and the Sisters of Mercy in high school....

The Art of the Letter

Does anyone write real letters anymore? I know I used to write to several friends on a regular basis, and I always enjoyed receiving letters back. It was a time to pour a cup of tea, take a break, and catch up on their latest news. Now, I’m down to just one or two friends who communicate with me via...

599 Summit Avenue

Things are getting dark and even a bit dull and dreary as late autumn barges in on us here in Minnesota. When I need a shot of beauty to offset the season’s built-in gloominess, I like to curl up in an easy chair with a warm drink and read the first chapter of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald....

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