Heather King

Thumbnail rolheiser shirt of flame heather king A shirt of flame

They say that the book you most need to read finds you when you most need to read it. I’ve had that experience many times, most recently with ’s...

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Thumbnail batchelder tile peacock ‘Batchelder: Tilemaker’ at the Pasadena Museum of History

The Pasadena Museum of History is featuring an exhibit, extended by popular demand through March 12, called “Batchelder: Tilemaker.” Ernest A....

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Thumbnail crux  heatherking Cajun Catholics: A field trip to the Bayou

Recently I was graced to travel to Lafayette, Louisiana, and spend the better part of a week with some of the good people of the bayou. Father...

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Thumbnail caryllhouselander Caryll Houselander: The Little Way of the Infant Jesus

Caryll Houselander (1901-1954) was a British mystic, poet and spiritual teacher who wore a pair of big round tortoiseshell glasses, lived in London...

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Thumbnail crux 06 09 cherries Cherry Hill pick-your-own farm

Ever since my first spring in Los Angeles 27 years ago, my heart sings at the opening of cherry season. And every year for about the last 20, I...

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Thumbnail sister corita kent Corita Kent

The Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito was founded by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a community with an interesting history....

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Thumbnail crux Donald Evans and his fantastic world of postage stamps

Donald Evans (1945-1977) “put his whole life and everything that interested him into the stamps of his fantasy world.” So says Willy Eisenhart,...

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Thumbnail el anatsui  red block El Anatsui at The Broad

A few weeks ago, I went on a field trip with some friends to The Broad, the new-ish downtown L.A. museum of contemporary art. My friends wanted...

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Thumbnail hollyhock house wright Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

Hard by the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont, up on a hill, stands a highlight of L.A.’s storied architectural story: Barnsdall...

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Thumbnail victoria sweet ‘God’s Hotel’ by Victoria Sweet, M.D.

“God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” is a 2012 memoir by San Francisco-based physician Victoria Sweet. The...

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Thumbnail holy land a suburban memoir ‘Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir’

“Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” — Genesis 28:16 D.J. Waldie, born in 1948, was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of...

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Thumbnail takao kawaguchi Kazuo Ohno, Takao Kawaguchi and the art of Butoh

Recently I caught a mesmerizing dance performance at the downtown REDCAT Theater: “Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno - Reliving the Butoh Diva’s...

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Thumbnail jacques fesch prison letters ‘Light Upon the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch’

Servant of God Jacques Fesch (1930-1957), a murderer who spent three years and eight months in solitary confinement, experienced a profound...

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Thumbnail king family nh Limb from limb: A Christmas story

My father was so obsessively modest that it was a standing family joke that the only parts of his body my five brothers, two sisters and I had ever...

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Thumbnail crux heather king Loaded: Money and the spirituality of enough

Some people are attached to being rich. For a long time, I was attached to being poor. My Yankee upbringing instilled the idea that “doing...

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Thumbnail briton ensemble at follybowl 2016 Madrigal magic: The Briton Ensemble

A few Sundays ago, I made my way toward Altadena, north of Pasadena. The neighborhood is lovely: up against the mountains, up above the city,...

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Thumbnail armagosa deathvalley Marta Becket and the Amargosa Opera House

Several springs ago, I took a road trip to Death Valley, stayed at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel and fell in love with Marta Becket. I...

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Thumbnail foot washing the crux Mary Ann O’Connor, foot washer

Mary Ann O’Connor, 69, is a cradle Catholic and the oldest of seven children. She was born in Santa Monica, grew up in the San Fernando Valley...

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