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Temple.JPGtemplestclairJewelry designer Temple St. Clair is out with her magnum opus, “The Golden Menagerie” — a glimpse at the mystery and process of her stunning designs.

samesky-lefrak2016samesky-ethicalshoppingsamesky-ringssamesky-menSuggesting that “we need to have a lot more gratitude” (for what we have) and greater consciousness for, and connection with, those who are making the things we buy, Francine LeFrak introduced Same Sky’s latest jewelry at an evening of ethical shopping on Wednesday.

Same Sky employees women who were victims of war and genocide in Rwanda, as well as female parolees in the US, to make their distinctive jewelry. Hundreds of women’s lives have been improved and transformed by the efforts of Francine and Same Sky, with none of the parolees returning to prison.

There is a Same Sky kiosk with their jewelry for sale this month at Newark airport, as well as online. Of special note are the new rings for women, and cuff links and wrist bands for men.

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RonLauder.JPGAt a forum, on Monday, addressing the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke on the matter — describing it as one of the great crisis of our time, and the fact that no one knows about it, saying the “silence was deafening.”

He compared the “indifference” among world leaders today with that of leaders following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago in Germany, adding that “never again are meaningless words” given the catastrophe that has befallen Christian communities that go back two millennia. Mr. Lauder noted the irony that “it’s taken someone Jewish to speak up for the Christians.”

The conference included Ret. General Raymond Odierno, former U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff, Judith Miller and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, among others.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

rockefellercentertree…with thy grace.”

moma-christmascardsmoma-maciver1949“Teach their souls to fly”
William Blake

Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art had a Christmas card program that invited artists, some well known, to submit compositions that would be made into cards. Participants included Robert Indiana, whose 1965 “LOVE” card went on to become one of the iconic images of the 20th century.

Lotus Editions is offering its historic collection of 265 unique MoMA Christmas cards from 1949-1999. Interested parties should contact: stephen@lotuseditions.com

Cards: (bottom row) Hannah Wilke, Loren MacIver, Joel Meyerowitz; (middle row) Robert Indiana, Jules Olitski, Florence Bezrutczyk, Jack Youngerman; (back row) Bruno Munari, Ben Shahn, Xanti Schawinsky

harrysoviak66Artwork: Harry Soviak (1935-84), Snow Screen, 1966

Pence.JPGAs Trump/Pence prepare to take office, their backers believe a more truthful US government will emerge — and yet their unwillingness to provide safe-haven for Syrian refugees, made homeless by American intervention in that country, is a troubling sign.

wineglass“Like the best wine…that goeth
down sweetly, causing the lips of those
that are asleep to speak.” Song of Solomon VII, 9

Some wines that we especially liked this year:

Y Rousseau Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, California 2013
Big Basin Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz, California 2013
Detert Family Winery Cabernet Franc, Oakville, California 2014
Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir, Shea Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013
Quinta de Chocapalha Castelao, Lisboa, Portugal 2014
Chateau Ka Source de Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2013
Dr. F, Weins-Prum Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany 2013

Wine, with its biblical references to the kingdom of God and man’s renewal, is a reminder that ultimate reality is found in living sacramentally — as an offering.

cpj2016eThe Committee to Protect Journalists honored journalists from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador this evening with the International Press Freedom Awards.

This comes at a difficult time for journalism in America, with leading news organizations under fire for propagandizing and multiplying the dishonesty of America’s wars, BLM, and HRC’s candidacy, and for failing to predict the outcome of the election (perhaps intentionally in the hope of altering the outcome).

Having failed as propagandists and prognosticators, the question is what does the future hold for ‘journalism’ in America? — with journalism schools long ago giving up on balanced thinking in favor of activism. One graybeard we spoke with said “the situation is very f_cked-up.”

It might be some time before Americans normalize relations with major news organizations.

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