Revisiting Anthony Van Dyck: The anatomy of portraiture

Art 02/08/19, 11:53

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture exhibited at the Frick Collection in New York in 2016, and was the first and largest portrait exhibition in the United States in 20 years. Approximately 100 works of art were put on display, including oil paintings, prints, and sketches, showcasing groundbreaking 17th century ...

Why Elites Hate Border Walls

Culture 02/06/19, 19:42

Remember the old acronym WWJD? It stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and was adapted to any number of public figures, one of whom was the late Senator Paul Wellstone (WWWD). I’d like to propose a new acronym in the same vein: WWCW. Yes, WWCW does translate to "What Would Chesterton ...

The Impossible Task: how to leave fear behind and achieve success

Culture 02/06/19, 12:39

The music student entered the practice room. On the piano lay a brand new musical score, extremely difficult to play ... The student picked up the music with trepidation and looked back and forth across the page, mumbling each note softly to himself. He felt his dream of becoming a pianist ...

2019 – Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac

Culture 02/05/19, 11:33

Do you know that according to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the Pig? This animal symbolizes the Chinese New Year 2019, a period lasting from February 5 to January 24, 2020. According to the traditional Chinese calendar that based on the lunar cycles, this year would be ...

Can children really be raised ‘without the concept of sin’?

Culture 02/05/19, 02:10

Working for an online publication naturally brings a lot of feedback from those in the trenches. These reports are fascinating, for they give a snippet view of what real families in every day America are experiencing. One such piece of recent feedback came in the form of the photo below, which ...

Stories for the Soul: “The Teacup” (Video)

Art 02/05/19, 02:06

None of us are strangers to exhaustion. There are some days where your efforts seem futile and you lose your sense of perspective. Life is full of suffering, this we acknowledge. But during times of difficulty, just remind yourself: “That which does not destroy us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich ...

Udumbara, the prophetic flower that blooms every 3000 years (Video)

Legend 02/04/19, 03:42

Recently, an enigmatic flower has been spotted in different parts of the world, awakening everyone’s curiosity on what wonders it might be prophesizing. The flower that has been enchanting the world is the mystical Udumbara flower. These delicate white flowers are as small as 3 millimeters and can bloom on any ...

Vestal Virgins: The pious maidens of ancient Rome

Legend 02/03/19, 09:19

In the Res Gestae Divi Augustus (‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’), Augustus demonstrates his piety by stating that he was a member of all four major priesthoods in Rome – the Pontifices, Augures, Quindecemviri and Septemviri. There was, however, one Roman religious college that was off-limits to men, even to the ...

Teaching Buddha’s philosophy to an angry man (Video)

Culture 02/02/19, 11:59

One day, as Buddha was walking through a village, a very angry and rude man suddenly approached him and began insulting him. "You have no right to teach others," he shouted. "You're just as stupid as everybody else. You're nothing more than a sham." Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead, ...

The life of a musical prodigy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Part 2

Art 02/02/19, 00:50

Continued from Part 1, The Childhood of a Musical Prodigy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) The premier of the first opera In December of 1770, soon after  Mozart had turned 14, his impressive first opera premiered in Milan. The musician himself played the clavier, conducted the orchestra, and staged the opera all ...

The heart of the matter: Families and Fatherhood

Culture 01/31/19, 21:20

In “Back To Discipline: Disparate Impact Reflects Disparate Reality”, Heather MacDonald applauds the Federal Commission on School Safety’s repudiation “of disparate-impact analysis.” She writes: Disparate-impact analysis holds that if a facially-neutral policy negatively affects blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than whites and Asians, it is discriminatory. Noticing the behavioral ...

The childhood of a musical prodigy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Part 1

Culture 01/29/19, 07:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1765, in Salzburg, a city near the Alps in the Northwest of Austria. Mozart grew up surrounded by picturesque landscapes, majestic mountains and rivers, great folk dances and folk music traditions. Salzburg is an ancient city, historically ruled by aristocrats. Lofty churches ...