• Before heading out to Markus Wriedt's bash at the County Clare, I had about 45 minutes free and finally cut a vocal track for "Wish I May" with which I am content. I think. And still with the caveat that this is not a song for my voice. Content in that sense.
• John Duncan's masterpiece, St. Bride, with which I'm going to baptize my nieces' imaginations, was exhibited in 1913. No one bought it until 1946. The sound of rowing you hear is me heading over to slap Scotland of the side of the head.
• The Way of Beauty: Can it lead people to God?
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Poets and philosophers have long pondered the mysterious nature of beauty: Is beauty only what pleases or teases the eye of the beholder? Or does a more universal beauty exist that can attract people of all ages and cultures? And what about the wilting or wrinkling demise of physical beauty? Isn't there perhaps something more enduring that offers a glimpse of the divine?
Just as Socrates and other esteemed Greek intellectuals gathered one day more than 2,000 years ago to discuss beauty and love, another kind of symposium was held in the Vatican March 27-28 when more than 40 cardinals, bishops, religious and lay experts in culture revisited these perennial questions.
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