The widow’s story

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 11/10/2018

In the Brooklyn Museum hangs a watercolor painting by James Joseph Jacques Tissot, a French artist who lived towards the end of the twentieth century. It depicts a scene that Mark writes about in his Gospel, in…

Love is in the details

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 11/03/2018

The world of the senses gives body to the world of the spirit. For this reason I have learned to pay attention to such as the shine of paper clips lying on the tabletop, the meandering of…

On blindness

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/27/2018

In our English Lit in high school, we were required to learn John Milton’s sonnet, “On His Blindness,” by heart. I had no trouble memorizing it, being short and simple. And the sonnet’s famous last line has…

How to be truly happy

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/21/2018

How a person behaves in a queue is an index of his character. If he cuts in he is probably someone who does not respect the rights of others. I’ve seen people do this shrewdly. Taking advantage…

Passing through the needle’s eye

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/13/2018

As a child I associated camels with Christmas, in particular with the Three Kings, whom they transported across vast deserts to offer their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Infant Jesus. Depictions of the Three…

True love

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 10/07/2018

Among William Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, which he published in 1609, I particularly like Sonnet 116. It describes genuine love as “the marriage of true minds,” unaffected by changing tastes and resistant to temptations. Let me not to…

Little house on the prairie

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 09/30/2018

Along the road we dropped into a hardware store for something we almost forgot–bathroom hooks to hang the towels on. We had earlier loaded into the car two doormats, a rice cooker, an electric stove and a…

The miracles of miracles

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 09/08/2018

The painter Bartholomeus Breenbergh (1598-1657) lived during the Dutch Golden Age, which spanned the 17th century and saw the rise in the world of Dutch trade, science, military and art. The Louvre has a painting by Breenbergh…

The fruit of time

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 09/01/2018

I find a bowl of fruit on a stand by the door, which brims with lanzones, guyabano, atis, apples, mangoes and oranges. I toy with the idea of gobbling up as much of them as my capacity…

More than just a breath of passing air

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 08/25/2018

While surfing the Web, I came across this little poem by the 19th-century English writer, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, entitled “The Power of Words:” ‘Tis a strange mystery, the power of words! Life is in them, and death.…

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