Road Scholar Trip To St. Augustine Part 3

Day 3: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 After breakfast, this day began with Dr. Ann Masters interpreting the voices and people of old St. Augustine by her poetry and her talk “Floridanos, Minorcans and Cattle Whip Crackers”. She described each group and how they lived lives in such close proximity that they knew each other and their ways. She revealed and then dispelled their cultural myths […]

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Road Scholar Trip To St. Augustine Continued

Day 2: Tuesday, January 15, 2019  After breakfast at our hotel the guest speaker, Ken Barrett, helped us learn about fort Castillo de San Marcos and the eras it served. After boarding a tour bus he then led the group around the fort’s outside.  I opted out because we couldn’t go inside the fort due to the government’s continued shut-down. Instead, three of […]

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TBTh: Bath, England, 2008

In 2008 Marie and I toured the British Isles. One of my favorite cities was Bath, England. Here are photos of our few hours there. I would love to go back someday. Immediately off the bus, we toured the Roman baths.    After exploring and a snack, I saw Bath Abbey. A huge vertically decorated building, styling Perpendicular English Gothic architecture. Originally a […]

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My Unforgettable Magic Moment

Have you ever had a magic moment? An experience so sweet and serendipitous it gives you goose bumps. Time slows down and you are transported to another dimension. Many men say watching their child born was like that. Women are usually too busy at that moment to have that feeling. I’ve had some minor ones, like unexpectedly hearing a group of people sing “Non Nobis Domeni” in a large, echoing hall. Electrifying and beautiful. A magic moment, as expressed by The Drifters in the 1960s comes as a surprise and makes you feel that special something will last forever. My spectacular magic moment came about first because I saw an encaustic painting by Jasper Johns and read that encaustic was used early in history. I studied it and attempted it…unsuccessfully. St. Peter the Apostle 7th Century, Encaustic When visiting my brother Charles in Los Angeles several years ago, on a whim, we went to the Getty Museum, again. As we drove around the long entry road, huge posters blasted notice about the current exhibit. It was Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Virgin and Child with Saints 6th Century, Encaustic  These were the oldest surviving icons from the Byzantine world from the remote Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine. These 53 objects had escaped destruction by Byzantine emperors during Iconoclasm of the 700 – 800s. The monks of Saint Catherines cared for them all these centuries – over a thousand years –  and generously […]

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