Six century old Madonna recently found near Florence. Breathtakingly beautiful.

An adorable clay sculpture of the Madonna with Child recently attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) will be on exhibit for the first time through Feb. 28th, 2009 in the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. Don't miss it, if you are there. ...more

Ordinary girl in a not so ordinary world

So here it is, the beginning of what could possibly be the end of all self dignity and quietness of thoughts that seem to be pushing to make their way out.  I'm new to this, a blogger virgin about to pop her virtual cherry in what seems to be the newest form of self venting and discovery.  While to my family and friends I'm someone of great importance, but to you the stranger I'm just another single female trying to find out who she is.  ...more

What I have to look forward to

[photo by Anne Terada]   ...more

and your analysis!

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Does the U.S. need a secretary for culture?

Late last month, former National Endowment for the Humanities Chair William Ferris opined in the New York Times that the Obama administration needs a cabinet-level position "to provide more cohesive leadership" for several federal cultural institutions and programs, including "the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, NPR, PBS and the Smithsonian Institution." Pundits who are usually eager to weigh in on presidential cabinet ...more

Thank you for all this information!  I just signed the petition.  I think this position would ...more

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Okay, okay so it’s a bit later than expected. But I really wanted to tell you guys about the Green Christmas I had this year. I wanted to write and tell you about it earlier, but I couldn’t because I didn’t want my loved ones finding out what I had gotten them. So here it goes… ...more