|PORT MEADOW AT DUSK|
My humble arts and culture column just won a Catholic Press Association First Place for the second year running:
Catholic Press Association 2018: M05a: BEST REGULAR COLUMN: Spiritual Life First Place Angelus, “Crux” by Heather King Standout set of entries featuring well-written content regarding important issues of the day."
Thank you, Angelus, for allowing me to serve!
I posted text and a series of poppy photos recently in honor of my trip earlier this month to Oxford, England.
This week's column fleshes out the visit a bit.
It carries the heading
Discovering the link between real and imaginary in Oxford, Englandand begins like this:
Every so often life presents travel opportunities.
Mine recently presented me with a trip to Oxford, England, the “city of dreaming spires,” a term coined by the English poet Matthew Arnold in the 19th century.
Oxford, as you may know, is home to 38 colleges. Each has its own dining hall, chapel and garden.
Oxford also has scads of museums, all with free admission, among them the world-renowned Ashmolean (art and architecture; the oldest public museum in the world), the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (reconstructed dodo; originally funded with proceeds from the sale of Bibles), and the Pitt Rivers (“a cornucopia of ethnographic treasures from shrines to shrunken heads”).
My hosts were Bob, a Rhodes Scholar physicist who attended St. John’s and Theresia, a Doctor of English Literature and a professor at LMU, who reads at The Bodleian.
My week there seemed a series of mental snapshots — cobblestone streets, churches of tawny Cotswold limestone dating back as far as the 12th century, vast courtyards lush with emerald-green grass.
Cheese stores, Blackwell’s emporium of books, high tea at The Parsonage.
But the best thing to me about Oxford was that you can walk everywhere. Bob and Theresia’s flat is on the edge of Port Meadow, an ancient stretch of uncultivated common land that supposedly has not been plowed in 4,000 years.
READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.
|IN THE OXFORD BOTANIC GARDEN|