The story of the birth of Christ in a manager, the star that stood overhead, the coming of the wise men to worship him, the flight into Egypt - all of us know this story. In truth there is little...
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The story of the birth of Christ in a manager, the star that stood overhead, the coming of the wise men to worship him, the flight into Egypt - all of us know this story. In truth there is little more to know. Only the Gospels of Matthew and Luke mention these events. We want to know more, and painters and poets have used their imagination to enrich the narrative, to give us more detail and a more vivid reality. This is not a work of theology, but instead a gathering of lovely images and evocative writing on Christ's infancy.
WELLERAN POLTARNEES has a lifelong love of gardens. His first memory is falling out of his baby carriage and landing on a bed of odorous white flowers which not only kept him from injury, but made the experience a sensual delight. He collects books about, and pictures of, gardens -- but there are few timeless things that he does not so honor. He uses a book called Great Gardens of the World as a guide whenever he travels, and, with the exception of the Boboli Gardens in Florence, which came highly recommended and which he found monotonous -- the gardens have always refreshed him. His favorite time for gardens is night. His favorite garden music is Manuel De Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain", and his favorite garden poem is "The Garden" by Andrew Marvell.