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John Barach · 2M ago

Requirements for Poets

Sister M. Madeleva [Wolff], poet and college president, writes: Sometimes students ask what books are best to read as helps to writing. With no hesitation at all, I say, “The Bible, the Oxfo...
John Barach · 2M ago

A Teacher and a Gentleman

Sister M. Madeleva, looking back over her life in her delightfully titled My First Seventy Years, recalls her experience with C. S. Lewis during a brief stay in Oxford: Oxford that Trinity t...
John Barach · 3M ago

Books I Enjoyed in 2017

The books I enjoyed the most this year were: * Edoardo Albert. Oswiu: King of Kings. The third in Albert’s trilogy about the Christian kings of Northumberland. * Lloyd Alexander. The High Ki...
John Barach · 3M ago

“The Sojourner in Her House” (Exodus 3:21-22)

In Exodus 3:21-22, we read that each “woman will ask from her neighbor and from the sojourner in her house objects of silver and objects of gold and clothing.” What in the world does “the so...
John Barach · 3M ago

Strange and Wonderful Proceedings

I remember my earliest visits to jazz clubs when I was still a teenager. Before the music started, I would say to myself, “Almost anything could happen tonight. Almost anything!” Perhaps tha...
John Barach · 3M ago

Saxophony

Music fans today can hardly imagine how disruptive the saxophone was during the early days of jazz.  Even decades after the sax had taken over the bandstand, many New Orleans purists objecte...
John Barach · 3M ago

Just So

Angela Thirkell describes how she used to play Cavaliers and Roundheads with her cousins.  She and her cousin Josephine Kipling were the Cavaliers, and the Roundhead was Josephine’s father, ...
John Barach · 3M ago

“The Holy City”

From the time of Moses and the building of the tabernacle through the time of David and the kings, it was the tabernacle or the later temple that was the holy place. But what is easily overl...
John Barach · 3M ago

Mrs. Burne-Jones

Angela Thirkell talks about how her grandmother — the wife and, later, widow of the painter, Edward Burne-Jones — used to have workingmen into her home to read to them about Pre-Raphaelitism...
John Barach · 3M ago

Pre-Raphaelite “Comfort”

What would it be like to live in a house with furniture designed by, say, William Morris or someone with similar ideals?  Lest anyone read John Ruskin or Morris or the various Pre-Raphaelite...