By a King’s Bier

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 0 Permalink 0

The Seed of Envy The monument occupies the singular place of honor in Malta, a massive table overlooking the bay on the highest point of the tip end of the promontory of the entire peninsula of Valleta. It is a King's bier if ever there was one. On it reposes a noble bronze body many times ...

Gozo, May 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1 Permalink 1

Probably the most important thing to know about Gozo is that in the middle of the 16th century, in only a few fateful days, a great majority of the population was carted away into slavery and never retrieved. A few brave souls escaped by rappelling down a wall so terrifying that I did not take ...

Malta, May 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 0 Permalink 0

Our English classes reveled in Malta, though perhaps reveling too much is Malta's great scourge. It is a place so tromped-over for millennia that it lacks much of a soul. The modern English and French and Italian highrise partygoers do not help revive it. I was at times sorry to add to that burden. But the traditional ...

Becoming and going

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1 Permalink 1

Hieronymus Bosch. Garden of Earthly Delights (detail, including a Hoopoe), ~1500. Yesterday a friend visited me for the first time since her mate died. I was overjoyed to see her out and about. Her stories were hard but necessary. She is still in the confusion of grief - peeking out of the darkness but unsure which direction ...

An unwavering March

Saturday, March 31, 2018 2 Permalink 2

Some of you no doubt thought, as spring approached, that it is certainly a mercy that he has had over a year to exhaust his infatuation with the micro-lens. But it's not done yet. In fact the blossoms are just arriving! Behold the up-close imperfection of "perfect" Nature. The closer you look, the less beautiful superficial beauty becomes. ...

February and March 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 2 Permalink 0

The weeks have grown steadily lighter. Earlier mornings, later evenings, shorter nights. The hints of spring started in January with winter jasmine, and like a chorus building to a finale, the flowers have come out in steadily increasing numbers ever since. It has not been the most beautiful spring I can remember here, owing to heavy rains ...