Category archives for: Lectures

In Frida’s Footsteps: The Legacy of a Painter’s Painter

LECT FRIDA Frida self portrait

By Hope Palmer Nearly five decades after her death, Frida Kahlo has become a universally admired Mexican artist. In the last 15 years in particular, she has been a great posthumous ambassador of Mexican art and culture. The complexity and depth of her human and aesthetic dimensions have made her a universal symbol. For Frida, [...]

The Israeli Bedouin

Israel Bedouin

By Jim Carey This week Occupy will consider the situation of Israeli Bedouin. While most readers of Atención have some familiarity with the recent (and, at a lower level, continuing) conflict between Israel and Gaza, much less information has been publicized concerning the situation of minority populations within the State of Israel itself. The Occupy [...]

Masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Velázquez, and Rembrandt

LECT BAROQUE Rubens, St. George and the Dragon

By Kahren Jones Arbitman An artistic phenomenon occurred in Western Europe during the 17th century never seen before or since. An explosion of “new” art of the highest order appeared simultaneously in countries large and small. Heretofore, it was common for a single “center” to create a specific style, which then radiated, with variations, throughout [...]

End of Life and Bereavement Counseling Can Be Life Changing

Summa Beach

By Dorie Beach In our final lecture on End of Life Preparedness (EOLP) on August 17 at St. Paul’s Church, I will discuss the benefits of EOL and bereavement counseling. End of Life Counseling is a given when Hospice is involved. Since Hospice patients are all diagnosed as terminal patients, bereavement work begins before death [...]

What is Baroque, Anyway?

LECT BARROQUE Bernini Dammed Soul

By Kahren Jones Arbitman “Baroque” is a very curious word: foreign looking and funny sounding. It is equally difficult to define. Even experts can’t decide where it came from or exactly what it means as an artistic style. The word may have been first used to describe an illegal monetary transaction. Or it might have [...]

A Walk Through San Miguel’s Past……the ’70s!

LECT DONNA Party scene

By Donna Fullerton The first influx of foreigners to San Miguel began in the 1940s. All who came seemed to agree that the town had a magical allure. In 1937, Stirling Dickinson was one of the first Americans to move here. He was also the first American to buy a house— just 10 days after [...]

Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Bernie Sanders

By Carol Lopes Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from Vermont running as a Democratic Socialist in the 2016 presidential campaign, is gaining ground on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic heir apparent. Bernie is defining the narrative for the election as thousands of supporters of all political persuasions hear his platform for ending wealth inequality. Sick of [...]

Someone to Show up Regularly and Listen!


By Susan Curra When we consider end of life issues, there are bound to be things we’d like to talk about with someone. Topics such as our fears, doubts, and spiritual issues can be difficult to discuss even with our closest friends or family. So, often we just don’t do it. In the final lecture, [...]

High Drama in Detroit: Diego and Frida

By Hope Palmer Detroit in 1932 marked an important milestone in the careers of both Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Diego ventured into uncharted territory with daringly new subject matter, and Frida Kahlo’s fledgling career took off. Although every facet of these two painters’ lives has seemingly been examined, the significance of that single year [...]

End of Life Preparedness Series: Death Is Inevitable

By William O. Gregg We all know that death is inevitable. That does not mean we have prepared ourselves for this singular event at the end our life as we now know it. In the fifth session of St. Paul’s “End of Life Preparedness” series, I will engage participants in a presentation and conversation about [...]

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