Missing the Decisive Moment: a Photographic Fish Story

Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote a book about the decisive moment, about pressing the shutter release at just at the right time.  In the case of the photo above, I was about ten minutes too late.So happens, I was sitting at my desk at home when my wife called.  "Go look at the sky."  I got up and went to the window and saw...well, something sort of like what's shown above.  The cloud part, at least.  Only much brighter, with more pink and magenta.  And I said to myself, "I need to take a picture o … [Read more...]

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We’ll Let You Know What Happens In Court

Here's a wrinkle on the usual Nigerian e-mail scam that I'd not seen before: the letter from the "police".INTERNATIONAL POLICE (INTERPOL) RC-32657, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT COMMAND, LAGOS-NIGERIA E-mail; ---------@gmail.com Tel: xxx-xxxxxxxxxxxAttention: Sir/Madam,We really hope that this message is coming to you direct and please immediately you receive this message do let us know because we need to cary on with this impostor's work accordingly,My dear, we trying to call you … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: What Does It Mean To Be Holy?

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.One of the things that makes Thomas difficult to read is that he’s not writing from the ground up, explaining everything in minute detail; rather, he’s writing in a rich intellectual and philosophical context.  He played a major role in bringing that context into the mainstream in Europe, but in general his written works are not centered on it.  Instead they are c … [Read more...]

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Why Make Photographs?

I’ve been doing more photography recently; and I thought I’d say a few words about why I’m attracted to photography, and what I get out of it.First of all, I’m no good at drawing.I once made a high school art teacher quite angry with me by saying that I’d never been any good at drawing; and he was right, of course.  If that’s your attitude, you’re never going to improve.  But now, three-and-a-half decades later, I think it’s safe for me to admit that I’ve never been any good at drawing.  … [Read more...]

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Copernicus and Aquinas on Moving Day

Recently I got the following comment from Sophia Sadek on one of my Aquinas posts. The beloved of Aquinas is the prime mover of Aristotle. Ever since the days of Copernicus, it has been known that such an entity is neither necessary nor sufficient. Someday, the fans of Aquinas will wake up and realize the error of their ways. I don’t usually respond to these; I’m never sure whether Sophia regards this as the prelude to a real discussion or whether she’s just trolling me, and gosh, life is short … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: The Spirit is the Love of God

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Last week Thomas began building towards the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son.  This week he continues, by showing that the love one finds in God is best described as “spirit”.  We’ll break it down piece by piece. Since the object known is in the knower and the beloved is in the lover, the different ways of existing in something must be co … [Read more...]

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Infrastructure: Pictures All Over The Ground

The above is the sort of picture that makes my wife sigh and say, "Yeah, that looks like a picture you would take." My favorite way to do photography is to take my camera and go for a walk. I look for anything that catches my eye and then try to take an attractive picture of it, and one of the things that catches my eye is what you might call "infrastructure": the stuff that keeps everything working. There are all sorts of interesting mechanisms and devices out there, mostly low to the the … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: We Love the Good We Know

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Having described the generation of the Word by the Father, Thomas now goes on to discuss the procession of the Spirit from the Father and the Son. As the object known is in the knower, to the extent that it is known, so the beloved must be in the lover, as loved. We can only love what we know, though we might know it very imperfectly.  To know a thing is to have … [Read more...]

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His Bright Materials: the Saints and the Forge of God

Recently my eldest son left home for good, so we thought, on his way to Air Force boot camp.  Physically he wasn’t a likely specimen for military service, being not at all athletic, and skinnier than a rail with it—in the weeks before he left we had to fatten him up so that he’d meet the minimum weight for basic training—but it was his own idea, something he wanted to do, and so we took him down to the airport and saw him off with many a tear.  He held it together for a month but the physical asp … [Read more...]

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