Michelangelo and risk-taking

Michelangelo was only 25 when he completed Pietà, a marble sculpture depicting Mary holding the lifeless body of her son, Jesus. His Pietà was so astonishingly beautiful that the Italian art community crowed that Michelangelo had surpassed "not only the sculptures of all of [his] contemporaries, but ... Continue reading

Christmas, Inc.

Christmas is over. More than a few tiny tots threw tantrums when Santa brought a PlayStation 2 instead of an Xbox 360. Countless adults were chagrinned to receive a fondue set from that crazy aunt in Poughkeepsie . The customer service desks at Stuff-Mart™ are jammed with snarling Christians, ... Continue reading

Epiphany revealed

The gifts have all been opened (and more than a few already exchanged). Shredded wrapping paper has been bagged and tossed. On many street curbs dried-up evergreens await disposal. But Christmas isn't over, not yet. This is the season of Epiphany, also known as the Twelve Days of Christmas. On ... Continue reading