Sometimes I think I'm overly fond of the format of Ars Brevis. A reader sent me a book of his poetry this week in the hope that I'd review it here, but I've never posted book reviews before and don't know how I'd make one fit. Perhaps when I return, I'll have some new ideas about form and content.
More people read this blog than I realized. Google provided me with some figures and I was surprised, especially since very few visitors leave comments. I suppose if I'm to resume this effort later in the year, I should do something to promote readership and stimulate discussion.
My first trip is to work as a volunteer teacher in Costa Rica. I was there once before about twenty years ago and am anxious to see how it's changed. I hope when I return that I'll have some tales to share. If you'll send me your email, I'll let you know when I get back. My address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you haven't already, please friend me on Facebook.
In the meantime, let me wish you a very happy and healthy 2012.
Portrait of a Young Man by Antonello da Messina; circa 1470. This Sicilian artist's work shows the influence of both Italian painting in its simplicity and Flemish painting in its attention to detail. This portrait, like the Mona Lisa, makes me wonder what put such a wry smile upon this face over five hundred years ago. It is the wonder of art that from the vantage of our century we can share a moment of mirth with our predecessors of auld lang syne. Click on the picture for a closer look.