Blessed Podiven Following in the Footsteps of St. Vaclav

A Spring Carol

With its seasonal timeliness and surfeit of roles, including those for which no lines need be uttered, the Nativity is not surprisingly a favorite vehicle to showcase the talents of the…

Spoerri, Fallenbilder

A Clean Plate

If there are certain foods that trigger nostalgia and console us, there must also be foods that that make us uneasy, foods that bring us back to scenes of discord…

Seated Man, attribtued to Roger de la Fresnaye

Writing to Remember

When I came out to my parents, my mother, like many other mothers who had heard similar stories, asked me how long I had known. Her question was merely a…

Approaching Thunder Storm, 
Martin Johnson Heade, 1859

The Great Exchange

I sat in the dark on the edge of the basement cot counting, as my great-uncle Leonard had taught me, the lag between the thunder and lightning. The storm was only two…

From the Men of Pallados series, photographs by Marina Siakola

Making Room for Love

“I never noticed how clever your closets are. Or that you had so many,” Liz says, as she pokes around one of the kitchen cabinets. It’s a deep, thigh-high pull-out…

Karel Bruckmann, Les Frères Bruckman, 1923

An Accident of Stephens

I sometimes imagine that there is a parallel universe in which a version of me, one who has made wiser decisions than I have, is leading a richer and more…