Rome's Newest Underworld
Throw open the windows of your soul
Rome’s most beautiful new museum, and newest subway station, is at San Giovanni in Laterano.
The finds on display tell the story of Rome through stratigraphy (graphically marked with a clear indication of level below modern ground), chronology (with key dates popping up as you descend) and themes familiar to my students (water, reuse, etc.).
Sketching amongst the masses
I don’t know why I’ve always liked these words from Marcus Aurelius; I know they may come off at first at sounding kind of harsh.
But I think he is on to something wise here. These words motivate me to think more deeply about how I am living and what parts of my life, my soul may need some “fresh air.”
On the trail of Margaret Fuller in Italy
On Sunday I went out on my bike with the intention of filling some pages in a little sketchbook, pages that have been empty for too long. Somehow I found myself leaving Italy to enter Vatican City, inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time in years.
A "little pilgrimage"
I’ve always loved what Margaret Fuller wrote about the “miseries” of a New England spring. She wasn’t far off the truth. We get so hopeful this time of year. I even made the mistake of planting seeds in my garden one warm Saturday in March, totally jumping the gun! We are just eager to get on with it. But Fuller was right, the spring wind is sharp and cutting and cold.
Our Scottish Heritage
Here in Concord where I live, it is pretty in early spring, although the wind blows sharp with that “bite” so characteristic of a New England spring.
A Beautiful Historic Library in Rome
Last summer Rankin & Greene did a scouting trip to the Outer Hebrides or the Western Isles of Scotland. Pictured above is our plane.
This 17th-Century library, part of a complex designed by Renaissance master Borromini, ignites a child-like awe every time I step inside.