The Spirit’s Arrival: The Wait is Over

What can an artist take from the story of what Christians call "The Day of Pentecost?" In Christian teaching, the day of Pentecost is the day on which the Holy Spirit of God first took up residence in the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ.  This same "Spirit of God" is the one who …

Roosevelt’s “Titanic”

The musical Titanic has a great protagonist--a doomed ship.   The tough thing is...everybody knows the end of the story.  But strangely, our knowledge of the end is also what gives the story it's edge.  It's a god-like power, knowing the person you're listening to is going to die long before it happens to them. …

Theatre Spiked Sunday Morning: On Experiencing “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Race.  Labor.  Civil War.  Apple.  Corporate responsibility, art, and Christ.  The present moment, Sabbath, friendship, taking on the world.  Somewhere in China, men, women, boys, and girls, each having singular, personal names just like we do, sacred mysteries all (see yesterday's post), will go to work today, and the only thing keeping them from flinging …

The Task in Life

What a ride we're on... Sometimes I think the anxious people, the people with high blood pressure, the people always on edge, maybe even the paranoid folks...sometimes I think they're more right that the calm ones.  Why should we think good things will happen today?  Heaven knows there are lots of bad things happening.  Reading …

Still in the Wake of The Civil War

Here's an interesting question:  what types of ceremonies, rituals, and celebrations are appropriate for remembering the war officially known as "The War Between The States"?  (So said Congress in 1948, one reenactor pointed out to me last weekend.) Actually, Wikipedia refutes my friend the reenactor, saying Congress never officially legislated a name for the war. …