The tragedy of Japanese 'water babies'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2004255" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jizō statues, Zojoii Temple, Tokyo[/caption] Japan: Land of manga, gold-plated Buddhas, robotic romance ... and Rachel weeping for her children? I could have sworn more…

Graffiti evangelist

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1981455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Oxygen TV's "Street Art Throwdown"[/caption] What's a nice pastor like you doing with neon spray paint and a bandana over your face? Half the more…

The joy of 'snark'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1936155" align="aligncenter" width="600"] President Obama and David Letterman[/caption] Snide + Remark ="Snark" As a contemporary tag for sarcasm, 'snarkniness' is one of mankind's most valued attributes. You more…

After 70 years, honoring 'righteous Gentiles'

by Marisa Martin -- Poland commemorates Yom Ha'Shoah (or Jewish Holocaust) at a variety of memorials on April 16. Some of these are in construction, new this year or under fierce debate. more…

Turkish artists battle President Erdogan

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1880295" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Momument to Humanity dismantled in Turkey - Sculptor Mehmet Aksov[/caption] Taking a break from arresting people, denying human rights and declaring himself Caliph of more…

How the Resurrection was taught
before film, press

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1866365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Inverness Cathedral[/caption] Christendom will soon celebrate the single act of God which bears the weight of our existence: the Resurrection of Christ from the more…

Advertising kingdom come

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1830745" align="aligncenter" width="600"] UK Artist Simon Peter works on "Angles of Angels" series[/caption] Precious few earthlings, from Borneo's Kayans to the Inuits, fail to recognize Nike's omnipresent more…

Jesus comes alive in 'Purple Haze'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1755685" align="alignright" width="246"] Scott Jenkins[/caption] Every once in a while something delightful leaps off the Internet or a printed page or conversation and feathers a nest in more…