Dining at London’s top churches

Dining at London’s top churches

Did you know that some of London’s most famous churches have on-site restaurants? Modern British cuisine comes with a side of atmosphere at: CELLARIUM CAFE & TERRACE, WESTMINSTER ABBEY:  A great discovery on my last visit to London was the Cellarium Cafe and Terrace at Westminster Abbey. Accessed through the Abbey’s Dean’s Yard, the restaurants […]

03.08.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, Food, Spirituality · Tags: , · 9 Comments »
The exquisite 6th century mosaics of San Vitale, Ravenna

The exquisite 6th century mosaics of San Vitale, Ravenna

The 6th century mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy, have been drawing pilgrims, art historians and lovers of beauty for nearly a millennium and a half. In all my Italian travels, how did I avoid visiting Ravenna for so long?  It was always slightly out of my way, easy to postpone. My art […]

04.03.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Art, Europe, Italy, Spirituality · Tags: , , · 19 Comments »
ArtSmart Roundtable: Iconography of the Buddha

ArtSmart Roundtable: Iconography of the Buddha

  This month’s ArtSmart Roundtable topic is Iconography. Inspired by a new Buddhist temple going up in my neighborhood, I chose to do some research on iconography of the Buddha. When I told a friend, her face lit up and she exclaimed, “Oh, I love Buddha, he’s so cute!” Cute? Surely she wasn’t talking about the great […]

04.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, ArtSmart Roundtable, Spirituality · 6 Comments »
Postcards from New Mexico

Postcards from New Mexico

Once upon a time I spun a globe and declared to my sisters that I would go wherever my finger landed. It landed on Albuquerque which, at the age of ten, I couldn’t even pronounce. Though I did pass through New Mexico on a solo trip around the U.S. in my early twenties, I wasn’t […]

The colour of the goddess

The colour of the goddess

The motorcycle cop waves us down, swings his leg off his bike. My heart kicks a beat. In all the times Pat and I have visited Cuba, we’ve never been stopped at any of the seemingly random highway checkpoints. The road can’t be flooded out, I worry; it’s dry season. Heat shimmers off the road […]

21.04.2012 · Filled under: Cuba, Spirituality · Tags: , , · 6 Comments »
Summoning the so-called dead in Lily Dale, New York

Summoning the so-called dead in Lily Dale, New York

A black cat disappears into a bank of tiger lilies, prayer ribbons stir on a puff of air.  On Cassadaga Lake, afternoon sun glints off the water in darts of light that drift ashore like summoned souls. Spirit summoning has been going on for over 150 years at Lily Dale, home to the world’s largest Spiritualist community and over 40 registered […]

05.09.2011 · Filled under: Architecture, New York, Spirituality · Tags: , , · 4 Comments »
Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

Why I’m toasting Russia’s Last Grand Duchess today

In Toronto’s North York cemetery, not far from the grave of hockey and coffee legend Tim Horton, “The Last Grand Duchess of Russia” lies beneath an Eastern Orthodox cross as white as a Russian winter. In this city of immigrant tales, the story of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga of Russia is one of […]

14.06.2011 · Filled under: Art, Canada, Spirituality · Tags: , , · No Comments »