Readings of this highly regarded novel are weighted on the side of Milly Theale, the innocent dove of the title, and against both the money conscious Kate Croy and her cooperative lover, Merton Densher. Milly, the young American heiress with money to burn, is almost saintly in her selflessness. Kate meanwhile, destined for comparative povertyContinue reading “Love and Money: A Review of The Wings of the Dove (1902) by Henry James”
The first photo is of me standing in front of the Barcelona Opera House, the second an outside photo of its interior, and the third an advertisement for the next big performer there: Jonas Kaufmann–a much handsomer devil than I am, as you can see.
My camera must have been overwhelmed by the goodies. Here are just a few of the inside pics I took that day.
My next several posts will be about the energizing trip Mary and I took to Barcelona a few years ago. It was my second visit, the first being when I was only 17 (1956) and Generalissimo Franco was, regrettably, in power. Barcelona has come to life since then. It now glories in its status asContinue reading “A Week in Barcelona, Spain”
I recently came across a middle age man in the supermarket. He was wearing a bright red T-shirt with “PTSD Awareness” written in large white letters across the back. Admitting the reality of post traumatic stress disorder (as opposed, for example, to calling it a contrived excuse for cowardice) looked to me like it wasContinue reading “The Stigma of PTSD: A Story of Two Brothers”
Many Americans are too ready to make light of the wounds, mental and physical, that our surviving military men and women have suffered during our seemingly endless twenty-first century wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere. As with the lifelong and mostly unreported disorders inflicted on minors by sexual abusers, the aftermath of our veterans’Continue reading “Muscular Thinking”
Demonizing depression, common in the Middle Ages, unfortunately remains with us. The medieval idea, based on a dubious interpretation of Biblical sources, was that depression invades the soul from an external diabolical source and possesses it. The depressed person is in that way distanced from the community, which itself stays conveniently free of the intrudingContinue reading “Demonizing the Depressed”
For someone like me what you see below is a meaningful statement!
Hi, please see information below. We are part of the Catholic Worker prayer pilgrimage to Rome. Keep us, our witness, and the Bishops’ conference in your prayers. Please distribute this email widely. Peace, and Gratitude, Mary Beth and Johanna; House of Grace Catholic Worker; 1826 E Lehigh Ave; Phila PA 19125 Dear Friends, We enthusiasticallyContinue reading “Information for those concerned about the Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests Provided by the House of Grace Catholic Worker in Philadelphia”
After landing at the Wharf in Bermuda and exiting the Norwegian Gem we headed for the beach because it reminded us of our time at the Bermuda beaches during our first honeymoon back in 1967. Next day we walked around Hamilton, the island’s main harbor town, and found Bermudiana Road, where we had stayed atContinue reading “Second Honeymoon: Bermuda, 2011”
I left the Jesuits in June, 1965 and married in November, 1967. Though I taught English at Saint Joseph’s University (then College) in Philadelphia from September, ’65 to July, ’66 Mary and I had so little money that the most we could afford was a down payment on a VW bug. So my mother generouslyContinue reading “Second Honeymoon”
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