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NY Mysteries April 10, 2020 

How to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic… Jokes? They trip across my email. There are lots of them and they’re funny. Alcohol? Drinking statistics are zooming.  At the Frick Collection  Xavier F. Salomon, the Frick’s Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, discusses Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert, Saloman focuses on St. Francis’s love of nature enveloped by his religious beliefs. He recited Francis’s The Canticle of the Creatures.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,

so useful, humble, precious and pure.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,

through whom you brighten up the night.

How beautiful is he, how cheerful!

Full of power and strength.

All praise be yours, my Lord, through our Sister

Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us,

and produces various fruits with colored flowers

and herbs.

Curator Salomon compared the loveliness of the spring in  Bellini’s 1480 painting with the very beautiful, dangerous, unknown spring we 2020 New Yorkers are living through.

 Back to humor, a friend emailed this Passover email during the time of the Coronus Virus: Commemorating not getting killed by a plague during a plague that you hope you’re not being killed by is probably as Jewish as you can get.  

Let’s say good bye to John Prine with Rev. Micah Busey”s Tiny Prayer :

Thank you for telling us honest stories of ourselves, set to sweet melodies that allow them to sneak into our hearts, comforting us with universality, teasing our follies just enough to invite us to take ourselves a tad less seriously.


 Henco Espag, Judson’s Musical Director posted this message on 3/27/20. Working with Henco is heavenly. Grab this opportunity. 

Hallooo Judson,

We are putting together a Judson Quarantine Artbook to feature creations inspired by our shared social distancing experience both for our virtual services and in a live in-person concert once we are all back together again.

Below is the website link to the contest and the full submission guidelines pasted in as well.  Please share this with everyone!!!!

We already received submissions within 10 minutes of posting.

Thank you!



Graphic Lessons: What do a thirty-four-year old, a nine-year-old and an eighteen-year-old have in common? Murder. 

Millie Fitzgerald applies for a Windsor School teaching job, faints on a  dying man in the school kitchen, deals with a troubled nine-year-old and with the eighteen-year-old niece of the murdered man.

Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who  accuses her of lying? Her father who’s fled to Singapore? She tells Millie. 

Graphic Lessons: NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek is assigned the murder case at the prestigious Windsor School. What’s bugging him? His partner was stabbed. He feels remorse over screwing up an important case. His corrupt boss is a trustee of the Windsor School. His girlfriend married his boss. And his daughter quit college.