Alchemy in the Pandemic

In the 12th century, many experimental thinkers tried to turn base metals into gold.  This enterprise was knows as alchemy and attracted many proto-chemists and pseudo-scientists.  This school of natural philosophy classified metals into “base” as in lead,...

May Day

The first day of May has several public meanings attached to it.  In Mexico, it is Labor Day, though I suspect that most Mexicans who “labor” won’t get the day off to celebrate themselves.  In the world of leftist politics, it’s a major day in...

Expropriating Vermeer?

When I see the name Vermeer, I think of Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch painter (1632-1675) who focused on the play of light in interior scenes depicting middle class life in Delft.  His most famous painting is “The Girl With the Pearl Earring.”...

Harbingers

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I am “sheltering in place,” reading more, connecting through virtual means, walking with friends, playing with my companion cat, Patches.  But something miraculous is happening outside my house in my own front and back...

“Paradise Lost”

I believe John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, offers us helpful words for most of life’s puzzles and quandaries.  In his preface to that poem, C. S. Lewis said that anyone who sits down to read this work is a different person when they get up from...