The Complicated Nature of Funerals

I really like this painting by Kathryn Stemwedel entitled “Funeral Procession” Somehow it gets at the complicated nature of funerals, the celebration of a life and the grieving over the loss of that life to those left behind. At the end of July , I attended three funerals: The first funeral , July 29,was forContinue reading “The Complicated Nature of Funerals”

Obsessed with Gardens

from July 20-22, my old friends Debbie and Barbara came to visit me in Emmitsburg.  They do this every summer, and we call the time our “Excellent Adventure.” This year we visited Surreybrooke Gardens, a privately owned garden near Middletown Maryland. I chose this spot selfishly, because I wanted to see those gardens, and hopedContinue reading “Obsessed with Gardens”

Self-Portrait, Flannery O’Connor

If you love her writing, you must love this portrait.  Direct stare at reality, and her hand on the shoulder of the peacock. My favorite story of hers is “Revelation.”   Several quotes from her: The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. There’s many a bestseller that could have beenContinue reading “Self-Portrait, Flannery O’Connor”

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