The Conversation
Jan09

The Conversation

Darren Ronan, Owner/Teacher, Ronan School of Music Photo: Laura Evans You play drums and other percussion instruments, as well as string instruments including guitar, bass, and ukulele. Is there one you consider best at conveying your personal artistic voice?  No one instrument in particular helps me express myself more than another. I am very fortunate in that I get to play in many different musical settings so anything I feel I...

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 St. Photios Greek Orthodox  National Shrine 
Jan09

 St. Photios Greek Orthodox  National Shrine 

How the Shrine Envelops You St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine makes harmony of oppositions. It breaks open the box, as one of architect Ted Pappas’s sayings has it, then makes of it a frame for interior arches.  That box is the reconstructed Avero House, where Greeks first worshipped here, one of a handful of St. Augustine houses true to their original form that predate 1821, when Florida became a...

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Don’t Blame it on ZEN
Jan09

Don’t Blame it on ZEN

The Way of John Cage AND Friends By Amber Sesnick (1912-1992), a leading voice of the post-war avant-garde, is widely regarded as one of the most provocative and influential American composers of the 20th century. But his influence reaches far beyond the world of music. A composer, philosopher, poet, visual artist, amateur mycologist, and longtime Buddhist devotee, Cage has had an enormous impact on generations of artists, from those...

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Gold Star Restaurants
Jan09

Gold Star Restaurants

In many ways, the restaurant industry has come back to life, but it’s a new life. Many restaurants have been able to reinvent how they interact with and accommodate their customers, creating innovative ways to enjoy good food. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about some changes that will stay. In addition to rearranging indoor seating to allow for better spacing, we are seeing a marked shift toward increased outdoor dining options. We...

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What makes an education excellent? 
Jan09

What makes an education excellent? 

By the Reverend Kimberly L. Hyatt, President & CEO, Cathedral Arts Project No doubt everyone can agree that an excellent education is one that equips students to be a good citizen and to succeed in college and/or a career.  If we really want to provide an excellent education, we have to start taking the arts seriously again. If we want to equip today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, we’ve got to do more to cultivate...

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The Art of Noticing and Talking 
Jan09

The Art of Noticing and Talking 

Language and Literacy are Everywhere. By Kim Kuta Dring, Director of Learning and Engagement at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Who doesn’t love a great story, especially those with interesting scenes that span time frames and cultures to bring far-off places and modern-day perspectives to life? Stories surround us everywhere, and we can experience them not just through the written word, but through the places we go and...

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