Dale Chihuly’s Glass: Fine Art? Kitsch? Or Both?

dale chihuly's singing sunflower glass scupture. photo by BF Newhall

Dale Chihuly’s enchanting singing sunflower glass scuptures at the entrance to the museum. Yes, these flowers  actually sing. Listen here. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

I can’t make up my mind about Dale Chihuly. He’s a glassblower, which makes him a craftsman. But is he also an artist? He’s prolific and his work is popular; does that mean he’s pandering to a mass audience? Or does his mind-bogglingly ambitious glass stuff come from [Read more...]

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Religion in Public Affairs — Americans Think Religious Influence Is Waning

Staffers at Pew Research Center presented finding of ther9-22-2014 poll on religion and politics at the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference.

Staffers at Pew Research Center presented findings of a poll on religion and politics at the Religion Newswriters Association conference in Decatur, Georgia. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A report  on religion in public affairs from the Pew Research Center  reveals that many Americans believe religion is losing its influence in American life.

According to a Pew poll released today, 72 percent of [Read more...]

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Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty: Foley, Sotloff Joined by Dozens Each Year

Memorial to journalists killed in the line of duty at the Newseum in Washington, D.C, bears the names of thousands of journalists. Photo by Sam Kittner/Newseum

A memorial to journalists killed in the line of duty at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Photo by Sam Kittner/Newseum

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

We know about James Foley. And we know about Steven Sotloff.

But how many of us know about Rodrigo Neto, a Brazilian journalist and the host of the show “Plantão Policial” (Police Shift) on Rádio Vanguarda who died in 2013 [Read more...]

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A Footwear Meditation–Chic Feet and Stylish Legs on the Go at SFO

We see the feet of passengers rush to and from Delta Air flights at SFO.

Flip flops and flats heading for baggage claim. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Fashion week is winding down in New York City today.  I’m not in New York to report on that high-profile scene. But I’ve got some footwear photos I took–discreetly–of the stylish parade of legs, ankles and shoes rushing past me as I waited a very long 90 minutes [Read more...]

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Tudor Bungalows in the Twin Cities—Little Houses With a Big Sense of Humor

A grey-green Tudor bungalow in Minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Tudor bungalow with curved half timbering. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Can a house have a sense of humor? Charm, yes, of course. But a sense of humor? Houses are houses. They’re serviceable. They’re meant to be lived in. Some are works of art even. But can a house make you smile? [Read more...]

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