Pursuing greatness

I've always felt I was destined for some great achievement, what I don't know. — Gen. George S. Patton, from the film Patton Ferdinand de Lesseps was a man who felt destined to accomplish great things. He was a visionary, a charismatic idealist whose unwavering self-confidence inspired those around ... Continue reading

Who’s got your ear?

The execution of Jesus Christ should have nailed the lid on the coffin of his nascent religious movement. But to the surprise and chagrin of the Jewish religious leadership, Jesus' disciples became bolder than ever, and within a decade this new Christian movement had become a serious threat. ... Continue reading

Redeeming our history

My grandfather Lehardy was an illegal immigrant. Louis was a French seaman working on a British freighter that sailed to ports in the Far East. On a trip from Hong Kong to the port of Baltimore in 1907, perhaps hauling a cargo of spices for the McCormick Company, Louis got off the ship and never ... Continue reading

Carrying our bones

On the first beautiful Sunday in spring, when the air was crisp and the sky deep blue, my parents and grandparents would bundle us off to the family cemetery to pay our respects. They had gathered fresh-cut flowers from my grandmother's garden, and I remember my grandmother wearing a hat and white ... Continue reading

DaVinci Code bloopers

Fred Sanders at Middlebrow has written a short and enjoyable post on the more laughable art history errors in Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. Sanders calls his piece 9 Art Bloopers in the DaVinci Code. Here are a couple: 1. It’s Leonardo, not DaVinci. He’s one-name famous, like Elvis and Cher. “Da Vinci” ... Continue reading

In retrospect

And God said, "Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. They will be signs to mark off the seasons, the days, and the years." —Genesis 1:14, NLT Time is motion; history is distance. Day after day, the sun and the stars crawl across the heavens with the passage of ... Continue reading