The Life You Give: Marina Abramović *1946

Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia [now in Serbia]), is a performance artist known for works that dramatically tested the endurance and limitations of her own body and mind. Abramović was raised in Yugoslavia by parents who fought as Partisans in World War II and were later employed in the communist government… Continue reading The Life You Give: Marina Abramović *1946

The Life You Give: C. S. Lewis *1898

Clive Staples Lewis, born November 29, 1898, Belfast, Ireland [now in Northern Ireland] was scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, many of them on Christian apologetics, including The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. His works of greatest lasting fame may be The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven children’s books that have… Continue reading The Life You Give: C. S. Lewis *1898

The Life You Give: Gaetano Donizetti *1797

Gaetano Donizetti, born on Nov. 29, 1797, in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic, was an Italian opera composer whose numerous operas in both Italian and French represent a transitional stage in operatic development between Rossini and Verdi. Among his major works are Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), La fille du régiment (1840), and La favorite (1840). In his… Continue reading The Life You Give: Gaetano Donizetti *1797

Juniper Berries, Ginger, and Eucalyptus — but now I know why the Juniper lives more as Spice than as Berry

As so often, I had an idea for one of my frozen frames. Ginger is something I prepare on a regular basis — almost daily. Wanting to capture a bright light through glass, ginger, and eucalyptus, once the water was hot, I poured it over, after a spontaneous decision to include Juniper berries. Beautiful hues!… Continue reading Juniper Berries, Ginger, and Eucalyptus — but now I know why the Juniper lives more as Spice than as Berry

The Life You Give: William Blake! *1757

William Blake, born Nov. 28, 1757, in London, England, was engraver, artist, poet, and visionary, author of exquisite lyrics in Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and profound and difficult “prophecies,” such as Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), The First Book of Urizen (1794), Milton (1804[–?11]), and Jerusalem (1804[–?20]). These… Continue reading The Life You Give: William Blake! *1757

The Life You Give: Stefan Zweig *1881

Stefan Zweig, born November 28, 1881, in Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire [now in Austria] was a writer who achieved distinction in several genres — poetry, essays, short stories, and dramas — most notably in his interpretations of imaginary and historical characters. Zweig was raised in Vienna. His first book, a volume of poetry, was published in… Continue reading The Life You Give: Stefan Zweig *1881

The Life You Give: Jimi Hendrix *Nov 27 1942

Though his active career as a featured artist lasted a mere four years, Hendrix altered the course of popular music and became one of the most successful and influential musicians of his era. An instrumentalist who radically redefined the expressive potential and sonic palette of the electric guitar, he was the composer of a classic… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jimi Hendrix *Nov 27 1942

o·blige /əˈblīj/

An obligation has a source. It may be an internal power, it may be an external one. Ideally, having and feeling obliged ought to be from an internal standpoint, as the character wants standing purity in being self. That which I do wishes to coincide with what is expected of me by my peers and… Continue reading o·blige /əˈblīj/

The Life You Give: Helmut Lachenmann *1935

"Expression is created on the reverse face of that on which the composer is working...destruction, deflation, and disintegration. But during this process expressive energy radiates out in the first instance like a creative serenity -- freedom even." -- Helmut Lachenmann Join us listening to his compositionsat 11pm EST, November 27, at The Aristipposian Poet, on… Continue reading The Life You Give: Helmut Lachenmann *1935