April 25, 2015

The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Andrews

Mr. and Mrs. Andrews by Thomas Gainsborough

There is a painting from 1750 by artist Thomas Gainsborough called Mr. and Mrs. Andrews.  The original hangs in the National Gallery in London, England, where it has been held in collection for more than 50 years. The painting depicts a man, Mr. Robert Andrews, and his wife, Frances Mary Carter.  The two were promised to each other when Mr. Andrews was 15 or 16 years old and were married on November 10th, 1748; he was 22 years old, she was 16 years old.  Far from being a purely romantic ma … [Read more...]

A Life Lesson from The Girl Next Door

Amy Grant

Last night, I was working late and watching the most recent episode of House, M.D. on Hulu Plus.  There is a scene where an Amy Grant song plays and one of the doctors goes, "Amy Grant?  Really?".  That response mirrored the response of some music critics when she burst onto the music scene decades ago, turning out hit after hit that the general public loved.  I remember her music as an integral part of my childhood, at home, in the car on the radio ... When I was in first or second grade back a … [Read more...]

The Dangerous Trap of Bread and Circuses

Bread and Circuses

There is an old latin phrase, panem et circenses, made famous by Juvenal of Ancient Rome. “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses ... -Juvenal, Ancient Rome The concept of bread and circuses refers to the strategy of rulers that involves satiating the … [Read more...]