My View For Awhile

Not quite fully rested or completely without traces of the crud I picked up in Roma, but more or less shipshape.



On the way in, an interesting view.



Hot sour soup and platitude.



Alas the place has slipped a bit, though lunch isn’t a good measure. A better measure is that at this time of day there are lots of tables. That wasn’t the case ever before.


I have been exploring in the American Wing if the Met, mourning the loss of our colorful metal buttons.

I have liked some American painters such as Eakins, Bellows, Sargent, Homer. Here is a striking painting by Winslow Homer of a Civil War vet turned farmer. His uniform coat and water canteen are cast on the ground. His back is to us, as he looks to the future. But the image if the scythe and the cut grain strewn in the ground are awful reminders of the horror of the newly ended war.



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  1. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    I like those bischoff cookies.

  2. NBW says:

    Have a safe trip Father Z. The book you are reading looks pretty interesting.

  3. Priam1184 says:

    Where were you flying when you took that picture?

  4. Maltese says:

    Krupelian says there is “EVIL” in America–come on! We have the new late term abortion-loving new messiah for POTUS! We must follow our dear leader as they do in N. Korea!

    Good piece on Blatty here:

    Happy Halloween, when instead of drinking ourselves silly, we should be remember those who have died, and the inevitability of our own death. Memento Mori.

  5. acardnal says:

    Looks like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago.

    Did Delta charge you extra for the cookie?

  6. acardnal says:

    Or….perhaps the Trump International Hotel because I only see one antenna tower.

  7. StWinefride says:

    Empire State Building?

  8. acardnal says:

    It could be New York. I assumed Chicago.

  9. Elizabeth D says:

    Maybe an All Saints High Mass at Holy Innocents?

  10. Mike says:

    Coincidence: that painting is the image for one of my email handles! Btw, Mark Helprin mentions this painting in a lecture he gave years ago at the Philips Gallery, in DC.

    Here’s the link:

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    From the Lotus site: “Biscoff Cookies are a type of shortcrust biscuit known as “speculoos,” a Belgian specialty. […] Speculoos were traditionally made for special occasions, including weddings, births, and to celebrate St. Nicholas’ Feast on December 6. Belgium’s talented bakers would decorate their speculoos in elaborately carved patterns”. Some ‘speculoos’/’speculaas’/’Spekulatius’ are in the form of a Bishop (usually, St. Nicholas) – is that where the ‘Biscoff’-name comes from? Etymology uncertain. Derivation from ‘speculator’ (for ‘Bishop’) is not favored, from ‘speculum’ is held more likely, as is an obsolete sense of ‘speculatio’ as ‘enjoyment’.

    Speaking of mediaeval treats, will you be going to the Cloisters?

  12. Therese says:

    Memento mori. Those interested in the Georgetown petition may wish to send regards to Blatty in care of his publisher. He deserves our thanks.

  13. Antioch_2013 says:

    Any chance of a blognic while you’re in NYC, Father Z? I would be very much inclined to participate in such an event.

  14. benedetta says:

    Thanks for posting the beautiful Homer painting at the Met, Fr. Z.

  15. NoraLee9 says:

    I believe the building may be the Freedom Tower. It certainly isn’t the Empire State Building.

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