Pagan roots of Easter


Luciana Cavallaro

For those who have been following my blog know I am historian with a specialist interest and knowledge in ancient history. So, the content of this article may not come to you as a surprise. As today is Good Friday, I thought it would be an opportunity to write about the origins of this Holy event beginning with resurrection.

The Return of Persephone, c.1891 (oil on canvas) by Leighton, Frederic (1830-96); 203×152 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (City Art Gallery) U.K.; English, out of copyright

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I Need Help!|!من به کمک نیاز دارم


A Voice from Iran

A very hard-working and poor widow decided to find a way to talk to God.


She called the local radio station and said: “I have a message for God. Could you please send my demand to Him?”


The radio host thought she was joking around and said with laughter: “Be my guest, I will broadcast your message but I won’t promise that God listens to our radio station.”


The widow said: “God please hear my message and help me feed my children and be able to pay my outstanding rents.” She gave her name and address on broadcast.

A rich man heard her on the radio and said: “What a senseless woman. How could she believe that God listens to the radio and will send her money? Some people are very thoughtless. I can’t take it.”


He asked his employee to buy some food and supplies and also gave a…

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Dreams of Desire 68 (Les Demoiselles d’Avignon)



Les Demoiselles d'Avignon-Picasso 1907 Les Demoiselles d’Avignon-Picasso 1907

The first truly Modernist painting (though change had been in the air for some time), the radical break constituted by Pablo Picasso 1907’s study of a Barcelona brothel, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, led to Cubism and sharply divided critics.

Never before or after did Picasso spend so long on one painting as Les Demoiselles, drawing hundreds of preparatory sketches over a period of nine months. The innovation doesn’t lie with the content; the courtesan had long been a covert subject of Western Art before being explicitly identified as a prostitute by Edouard Manet’s Olympia, to becoming somewhat of a Bohemian cliche by the time of  Toulouse-Lautrec in the 1890’s. Picasso’s claim to blazing, revolutionary originality lie in the form. First of all he throws  five hundred years of accepted practise out of the window by abolishing perspective, then instead of the traditional curves we…

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George Kotsonis (1940, Cypriot)




On The Beach

Mediterranean Light


Summer Smile

In Front Of The Sea


At The Beach



Sleeping Woman

Reclined Nude With Hat

Sitting Nude


Nude With Yellow Shirt

Nude With White Shirt

Girl With White Shirt


Nude With White Hat



Nude In Blue






Summer Melody

Summer Song – Music


Leda And The Swan

Lovers With A White Horse

Nymph With Centaur

Mythical Composition

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in my favorite dream


House of Heart

cautiously we walk  on
a snow swept  sidewalk.
Safe inside, your arms shield
me from  the chaotic traffic.
Steadfast against you
I fixate on your impossibly sexy voice
discussing *Down and Out In Paris
as I surreptitiously slip into the
mind of left bank female poets cultivating
anarchy in your adventurous ear.

At our favorite café you order tea
and hot cocoa for me with thick cream
that you lick from my dripping lips.
The cosmos cease to exist and
we dissolve in the windows prism
disappear into a nomadic world
of lovers.

art by Tom Soillot

*Down and Out in Paris  and London

by George Orwell

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