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  1. A Nativity in Stained Glass

     This close up of the Nativity reveals a tender moment of the Virgin and Child — stained-glass window, Chapel of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Atlanta.  Holy Week (Orthodox Easter was a week late this year) found me traveling south, through Saint Louis, Nashville, and Atlanta. While the rest of my team flew, I'm covering the distance of over 1,150 miles by car. It's so much easier to pack all my camera gear in the van, and there are all those churches and beatutiful ...
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  2. The Parthenon Nativity

     From 1954 to 1967 the Nashville Parthenon was the backdrop to a life-size Nativity. (Photo courtesy the City of Nashville.)   Before leaving Centennial Park and the Parthenon for Nashville's other famous attraction, Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, I sit on a park bench, in the shade.

    I wonder what my childhood hero, the time-traveler Alkis, would make of the magic box I take out of my camera case: my Mac powerbook. I log onto the Web via ...
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  3. Parthenon Replicas — Cement or Paper?

     Τhe Parthenon doesn't just crown Athens — originally built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, this full-sized replica adorns Nashville, "The Athens of the South."   I was nine years old the first time I saw the Parthenon, a wide-eyed village kid on my first trip to the Greek capital with my adoptive parents, just before my voyage to the New World.

    For me, the Greek Gods were as real as Santa Claus was for you, so you can imagine my excitement walking on ...
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  4. Nostalgia — Real or Imagined?

     A 1920 vintage nativity, fresh out of the box from Germany, features soft colors, deep embossing — and 88 years worth of nostalgia?  It seems Saying “Goodbye” — Louis Dausse of Paper Models International hit a chord, because I've been hearing from enthusiasts who were touched by the Dausses' adieu after 35 years in the paper model business. You also found in their story much you could relate to.

    Carolyn Hobbes laments that "The Internet is taking over, [and] paper ...
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  5. Saying “Goodbye” — Louis Dausse of Paper Models International


     For almost four decades a familiar, beloved, figure in the world of paper model enthusiasts, PMI's Lou Dausse, holding one of the paper models he loves: a P-47 Thunderbolt American fighter plane. (Photo courtesy PMI.)  The rarified ether Carolyn Hobbes is breathing in the Rockies must be giving her clairvoyant powers. How else could she have read my mind? I was just about to blog this page as she was posting the following message to the Crèche Guild:

    I am so ...
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