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  1. Meryl Kaleida

    Back to Our Bluegrass Roots

    November 1, 2017 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Music is the language of the soul. J.R.R. Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’ narratives describe creation being sung into being. The scriptures tell us about choirs of angels, playing on the lute and harp, singing and dancing. The liturgy itself is woven with melodies and harmonies to focus our attention on… Read more »

    Tags: art bluegrass country music dolly parton music roy acuff

  2. John Herreid

    We Need Art

    October 14, 2016 9:42 am Leave a Comment

    A few months ago, gazing at a stream of political squabbling on my Facebook feed—some of it my own fault—I decided to do something different. Having recently been to one of the local art museums here in San Francisco, I decided that since most days I arrive early to work,… Read more »

    Tags: art art appreciation

  3. John Herreid

    I’ve finished reading Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. I’m sure there will be much discussion of the document over the next few weeks, and much reflection. As the Pope says in the introduction, “Given the rich fruits of the two-year Synod process, this Exhortation will treat, in different… Read more »

    Tags: Amoris Laetitia art family marriage novels Pope Francis

  4. John Herreid

    Encouragement

    October 16, 2015 9:14 am 4 Comments

    An envelope arrived in the mail a month or so ago. I didn’t recognize the name on the return address, M. Kunin. Opening it, I realized who it was from: my father had jokingly written the name of the former governor of Vermont on the return address. Inside was a… Read more »

    Tags: art children comic books writing

  5. Sincerity in a Nuns’ Cemetery

    August 21, 2015 1:19 pm 2 Comments

      The Vale of Rest, a painting by John Everett Millais, 1858-59 No quality in art and fiction writing is more elusive and perplexing than sincerity. No cemetery is quieter than one where nuns lie buried. No school memories are richer or more compelling than those the Sisters left for… Read more »

    Tags: art Da Vinci Code Fifty Shades sincerity writing

  6. John Herreid

    The Wound that Heals

    July 31, 2015 7:15 pm 3 Comments

    The other day my six-year-old daughter said something very striking. I had asked my three children what kind of music they would like to listen to.  She told me that she didn’t want to listen to classical right now, and requested pop music instead. “Why?” “Because classic music is so… Read more »

    Tags: art Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger

  7. Introducing Children to Art

    April 21, 2015 11:16 am 1 Comment

    My daughter and oldest son have very different takes on this portrait by Raphael. A while back I was asked for some thoughts on art, beauty, and God. A few of those comments made their way into this nice article on beauty by Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick in Our Sunday Visitor…. Read more »

    Tags: art children education

  8. T. M. Doran

    The Creative Seed

    July 15, 2014 11:48 am Leave a Comment

    When we encounter the works of Dickens, Waugh, Eliot, and O’Connor; Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky; Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Picasso, we are amazed at the abundance of creativity, far surpassing that of “mere mortals”, art so sublime, so beautiful, so moving, that we can only marvel at it. So why… Read more »

    Tags: art creativity writing

  9. If you don’t look for it, you won’t find it

    May 23, 2014 1:02 pm 3 Comments

    A while back I participated in a discussion about art. The person who started the discussion was lamenting that in our modern world, good meaningful art was no longer being created. Everything good was in the past and the current world of art was devoid of talent and worth. Someone… Read more »

    Tags: art literature music visual arts

  10. John Herreid

    Creativity, Art, and the Symphony of Truth

    April 4, 2014 6:42 pm 7 Comments

    A few weeks ago, I took two of my children to the Legion of Honor museum here in San Francisco. My oldest, age six, is on the autism spectrum. We’d been to the museum before. Last time he had been so quickly overwhelmed that we had had to leave after… Read more »

    Tags: art autism creativity Rodin