Boxing Day, The Work of Christmas Begins.

When the song of the angel is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks The real work of Christmas begins. To find the lost To heal the broken To feed the hungry To release the prisoners To rebuild the nations To bring peace among brothers To make music … Continue reading Boxing Day, The Work of Christmas Begins.

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, 1997

These pictures are faded.  We scanned them to put on this website.   March 1997 There are fine monasteries, isolated in the mountains, and of only passing interest to the Turks, so they remain.  We went to Rila.  It is a four story arcaded and fortified place with fine frescos that have the faces of donors to the monastery depicted as saints, and demons.  I … Continue reading Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, 1997

Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sighnaghi, with only 2,100 people, is a mountain top architectural gem.  Its name comes from the word siginak, Turkish for “shelter.”  It was built in the 18th century as a fortified town on the frontiers of Moslem Azerbaijan and Dagestan.  It main industries are wine making, carpet making and, now, tourism.  The town is circled by about 4.5 kilometers of wall with 23 defensive towers.  … Continue reading Sighnaghi, Georgia

Shadows of the Wall, Berlin 2013

Text for these pictures is on the post “Berlin, March, 2013”  These are pictures from the area of the old wall.  Panels of the wall have been re-erected near “Checkpoint Charlie” and feature dictators still waiting for falling.  The man balancing on the wall is in front of the Axel Springer building.  Axel Springer is one of the big newspaper companies.  Springer built his building … Continue reading Shadows of the Wall, Berlin 2013