The great Vermeer hoax

The only “Han” I ever heard of was in the Star Wars films but I picked up two books about a man called Han van Megeren.  I started with  The Forger’s Spell — A true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the Twentieth Century.  Continue reading “The great Vermeer hoax”

Kidzact: Choreographing a better life

There was a time when the town of Yarmouth, situated at the far southern end of Nova Scotia, was a leader in teen pregnancy statistics, drunk driving, and youth getting into trouble in other ways.  Continue reading “Kidzact: Choreographing a better life”

Richard Lionheart looks into the future

What did he see?  We have a pretty good idea of it.  In January of 1191, the famous English crusader king from the Robin Hood stories, paused in southern Italy where he Continue reading “Richard Lionheart looks into the future”

Hidden meaning in films and books

What if Tom, a film critic, speculating on George Lucas’ Star Wars film series, says that his (Tom’s) interpretation carries more weight than anything Lucas may have said about it?  And what if Tom defends that bold claim by stating that he knows a secret “hidden Continue reading “Hidden meaning in films and books”

Black history month: “the Maroons”

I live in Nova Scotia and for years I heard mention of “the Maroons,” a not widely-known group of several hundred African rebels from Jamaica who stayed here four tumultuous years before moving on across the ocean to Sierra Leone.  Last month, I Continue reading “Black history month: “the Maroons””

2001: A Space Odyssey — 50 years later

This year, 2018, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick with the collaboration of sci-fi novelist Arthur C. Clarke.  The strange movie is generally considered to be one of the ten best films ever Continue reading “2001: A Space Odyssey — 50 years later”