Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fire is Low

It's a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon here in New York City -- sunny and warm.  The day calls for a joyful "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend."

 So, below is "Fire is Low" by the South African band Freshly Ground.


Hat-tip: Mercy Daramola, an NYU graduate student who I had the pleasure of meeting Thursday afternoon at the Plaza Hotel during the NYU Alumni Association's annual awards luncheon.  Mercy posted this tune to her blog.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Risen Today

Happy Easter!

A belated "YouTube clip for a peaceful weekend" to mark the day:

For Easter reflections, visit the God Googler, Concord Pastor and Deacon Greg.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Upraised in Prayer

It is Good Friday morning.

From the archives of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, here is a rendering by James Tissot (1836-1902) of "Good Friday Morning: Jesus in Prison" or "Le matin Vendredi Saint: J├ęsus en prison":

The museum's description states:

"In a subject that he characterizes as 'rarely, if ever, treated,' Tissot paints Jesus in prison — bound to a stone post, his hands chained but upraised in prayer. The artist notes the white light shining down, a further indication of the early hour on Good Friday. While Jesus prays, his guards, wearing armor, slump over in pre-dawn slumber."

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Under the Arch

Yesterday evening, I attended the 100th anniversary party for NYU Journalism at the institute's swanky new-ish digs at 20 Cooper Square.  It was great catching up with Professor Pamela Newkirk, who taught several of my journalism courses at NYU ('94 to '98).  I also was pleased to speak for a few minutes with Professor Jay Rosen whose engagement on Twitter I admire.

After the party, en route on foot to the A train entrance at West 8th Street, I spent a few minutes listening to this cellist playing underneath the Washington Square Arch: