Posts in category "Living in Interesting Times"

The Virgin Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows

The Virgin Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows
            Mary: The Mother Nobody Knows While the Virgin Mary is worshipped as the Mother of Christ, almost nothing is actually known about her. She is usually portrayed as a beautiful woman with folded hands and a loving expression on her face. Shocked at first by the announcement that she... Read more »

Leftovers: Mommies Dearest (Or Not)

Leftovers: Mommies Dearest (Or Not)
Leftovers You’re probably wondering why I’m publishing two pieces on Mothers a week after Mother’s Day. Well, I had them written, but for whatever reason, neglected to post them. And, it seems a shame to waste two perfectly good posts because I was doing—whatever I was doing. In fact, these two pieces are not about... Read more »

Mother's Day: Great Men Remember Their Mothers

Mother's Day: Great Men Remember Their Mothers
Mother’s Day: I Remember Mama First and foremost, I remember Mama   John Van Druten This Sunday, May 10, we will honor our mothers—one way or another. Some will take their mother’s to brunch; others will present her with a gift. And, of course, there is the obligatory phone call when you will tell your mother... Read more »
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Remembering Mama Part 3: Cybele, the Cougar Mother Goddess of Rome

Remembering Mama Part 3: Cybele, the Cougar Mother Goddess of Rome
From Rome with (Mother) Love Having covered the Egyptian (Isis) and Greek (Rhea) mother goddesses, I’ll move on the Roman version of the Great Mother of the Gods, Magna Mater, or as we might call her, “Big Mamma”. Her name was Cybele, and she was not at all like her predecessors. If you thought the... Read more »

Remembering Mama: Mothers Day Part 2

Remembering Mama: Mothers Day Part 2
Remembering Mama: Mother’s Day Part 2  One lamp — thy mother’s love — amid the stars
  Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
 The throne of God, burn through eternity Holy, as it was lit and lent thee here.
 Nathaniel Parker Willis
 Ode to a Grecian Mother Not to be outdone by the Egyptians... Read more »

I Remember Mama: Reflections on Mother's Day--Part I

I Remember Mama: Reflections on Mother's Day--Part I
Behind Every Great Man First and foremost, I remember Mama.  John Van Druten In school, we were  taught about the great men of ancient history: the gods, the pharaohs, the emperors. There was Horus, god of the sky and the first pharoah of Egypt; and Zeus, the Greek god of gods who ruled from Mount... Read more »
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On This Day in April

On This Day in April
 It Happened on April 9 By Shirley Baugher             This lovely day will lengthen into evening,             We’ll sigh goodbye to all we ever had             Alone where we have walked together,             I’ll remember... Read more »

Bringing the Good News: The Annunciation

Bringing the Good News: The Annunciation
The Annunciation I have to be honest, I never thought much about the Annunciation until ten years ago. That’s when Norman painted the first of many he would create and hung it above the mantle in our living room. It seemed a little out of place at first, sharing wall space with Elvis Presley and... Read more »

Cairo On My Mind

Cairo On My Mind
Cairo on My Mind Lately, Cairo has been on my mind. I know my new-found Cairo friends will say, “It’s about time,” and my Wyoming friend Drew will pull his hair and say, “Not again.” Sorry, Drew, much as I love you, Cairo wins. “Snow” Sorry       Those of us who live in Chicago are... Read more »
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Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions

Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions
            Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions             The rainbow comes and goes,             And lovely is the Rose;             The Moon doth with delight             Look round when the heavens are bare;             Waters on a starry night             Are beautiful... Read more »