Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Greetings: What if Jesus was Gay?

"What if Jesus was gay? Would you still be afraid? Would you torture and tease? Would you open your mind? Would you make him cry? Would you beat him the alley? Would you tell him to burn and rot?"

This little gem of a song, by Bryan McPherson, was recorded at Club Passim in Cambridge around the time same-sex marriage became legal in the Commonwealth on May 17, 2004. It's worth a listen this holiday season.

In listening to Bryan's song, I can't help but to think about how so many people make the conscious effort to bring hate and sorrow into the world. The choice of how are you are in this world is totally up to you.

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. 
-- Viktor Frankl
Choose wisely.

Happy Holidays.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bauhaus, More than a Band: Gropius House

Not too far away from my undisclosed location in the Merrimack Valley is the Gropius House. Built in 1937 by Walter Gropius, he and his family lived in the Lincoln Massachusetts home while he was on faculty at Harvard. Mrs. Gropius lived in the Bauhaus style home until her death in 1983. Two years later the house, now a national landmark, is open for public tours.

For more about the The Bauhaus, click here or here.

For more about the band Bauhaus (totally unrelated to Gropius), click here

Interested in visiting? Open year round, tour times vary by season. Visit Historic New England for more information.

Gropius House Peephole

Gropius House
Glass Block
Gropius House: Sky View