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The Final Bell is About to Ring

Posted on December 5th, 2016
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The theme of John Donne’s poem, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” is that every death effects everyone – we are all mankind and we are diminished by the passing of another. Over the weekend, it was announced that a much respected firm that dates back to 1570 is closing its doors: not exactly a human […]

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I Keep My Eyes to the Skies As I Walk: The Story of Kyu Sakamoto

Posted on December 2nd, 2016
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You may have heard the song, but you probably do not know the sad story behind it. Recorded by a fresh faced, Japanese singer, 20 year old Kyu Sakamoto, “Sukiyaki” first appeared in Japan in 1961. It quickly rose to the top of the charts there. Spreading worldwide, by 1963 it had reached number one […]

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Representations of Death in Art

Posted on November 30th, 2016
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As we have noted before, death has been personified and symbolized by artists essentially since the beginning of time. Images really became prolific during the Bronze Age (c. 2500- c. 800 BC). The grim reaper, the rider on a pale horse, the angel of death, skeletons, skulls, stopped/handless clocks, menacing animals and horrific skies filled […]

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Alfred Hitchcock in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on November 28th, 2016
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Alfred Hitchcock definitely had an affinity for Northern California. He and his wife, Alma, purchased a home in Scots Valley, just south of San Francisco, in 1940. Part of this attraction had to do with Hitchcock’s fondness for wine: in fact, he acquired a vineyard that was adjacent to his property, a vineyard which he […]

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Mister Hollywood Is Back

Posted on November 25th, 2016
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At one time, Warren Beatty was christened Mister Hollywood. His lengthy list of achievements in the motion picture business is almost second to none. Beatty is the only person to have been twice nominated for Academy Awards for direction, writing, acting, and producing the same film – Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981). In […]

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