Tuesday, July 30, 2013

pope hope quotes

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill?"

Several friends and news organizations posted what seemed to be a startlingly positive quote from Pope Francis I on Facebook and other media today.

From most reports, it appears Francis' statement was made in reference to gay priests, not LGBT people in general. When asked about "how he would respond to learning that a cleric in his ranks was gay, though not sexually active," he responded in Italian, "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord? ...You can't marginalize these people." His response, of course, presumes that a gay priest "of goodwill" is keeping his vow of celibacy, and therefore living the life the Vatican expects all gay Catholics to live.

Friday, July 19, 2013

heatwave haiku


Sun pressed on window
like menace thug peering in
to steal our cool air.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

madison square garden swimming pool 1921


You know you've been living in NYC too long and through too many heat waves when an un-air-conditioned pool full of New Yorkers, surrounded by thousands of spectator New Yorkers, looks refreshing to you.

You can see this and more photos of old New York on the Old New York Photos page.

Monday, July 15, 2013

rembrandt's gaze

I've visited, off and on over the past 35 years, this self portrait Rembrandt painted as an older man. It hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York.

He has always stared just past my left ear, as if he has something on his mind, sometimes concerned about me, sometimes engrossed in his own thoughts. At times he has seemed wistful, other times melancholic. When I was young, I imagined more than a few times that he was perturbed with me for not putting enough time into the painting studio. His younger portraits were more playful, confident, self-possessed, proud. This one looks resigned to the current situation...whatever it may be.

On my most recent visit, it seemed we both were so preoccupied that we left without speaking or understanding the other's thoughts. I missed his advice, his urging, his unspoken confidences.

I'll be back to check in on you soon, my old friend. Until then, happy 407th Birthday.

You can visit him at the museum or here online.