The National Garden

President Trump’s plan for the National Garden of American Heroes will include statues of these illustrious Americans: John Adams, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Daniel Boone, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Henry Clay, Davy Crockett, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Douglas MacArthur, Dolly Madison, James Madison, Christa McAuliffe, Audie Murphy, George Patton, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Betsy Ross, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington, and Orville and Wilbur Wright.

It should be open to public access before the 250th anniversary of the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2026, according to the press release.... [Read More]


The Bible and the Final Frontier

My husband and son went to DC this past weekend for a guys’ sports trip – encompassing  a college basketball game and wrestling match at son’s alma mater, American U, and hiking around his undergrad haunts in the beautiful spring-like weather.

They went to the National Cathedral for Mass Sunday morning and were surprised and pleased when an unexpected little ceremony took place. The priest introduced to the congregants the Episcopal Bishop of the Armed Forces and the Chief of Chaplains, who came to dedicate a Bible for the newly formed United States Space Force.... [Read More]


Warm Wishes

I just want to thank everyone here for the great variety of wonderful writings and pictures that tumble through Ratburger every day! I don’t always comment but I see them and appreciate the work and the brain power that precedes them. I hope to be less of a Scrooge with my time, now that my busy season in work is almost over.... [Read More]


Humor Me

My husband and I are part of a theater group in our town; he sings with them, I do their posters, promotion and ushering. Our group just finished performing The Pirates of Penzance, one of the few Gilbert & Sullivan operettas you may have heard of. We had a huge opening night audience, even bigger Saturday, and filled to the rafters on Sunday, we were scrambling to seat everyone.

People loved it. We have received dozens of emails from audience members saying how delightful it was, how they never expected a 140-year old show to be so funny, how gorgeous the music and orchestrations were.  One woman just sent us a $100 donation, saying it was the first time she saw us and she looks forward to “more glorious productions.”... [Read More]


Analyzing an Illustration

I’ve been looking through the illustrations of Arthur Getz, one of my favorite New Yorker cover artists. Getz painted 213 covers for the iconic magazine between 1938 and 1988. In addition to illustration work, he painted cityscapes and landscapes – ‘fine art’ sold through galleries – although he sometimes signed them with his middle name, Kimmig, because at the time a fine artist was not supposed to cross the line into commercial art.

A particular favorite of mine is his cover from 1957:... [Read More]


Live with Regis and Hillary

Remember a few weeks ago when the big splash was announced that Bill & Hill were going on a speaking tour? it was called “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Just out of curiosity I googled it – it was being produced by a company called “Live Nation” and the first date was Nov. 18 in Las Vegas. I went to the site and –


The Weight of Sacrifice

NY sculptor Sabin Howard describes the WWI memorial sculpture he is commissioned to create for Pershing Park in Washington, DC.  This video is 12 minutes long but he walks you through the maquette of the sculpture in the first 6 minutes, and even if you just watch that much, you will see it’s breathtaking and classically beautiful. It will be 65 feet long when completed, and a magnificent memorial to our soldiers of the Great War; it’s title is “The Weight of Sacrifice.”.


Eve and the Snake

I went with my husband to his lovely 150-year-old Episcopal church, St. Paul’s, this morning for Mass. I’m Catholic, but we both go to each other’s churches frequently, and we know many Catholic-Episcopal couples who do the same.

After Mass at coffee hour  we chatted with Cathy, a spry 81-year old lady who was coming to St. Paul’s for the first time in about 30 years — she’s been attending an Episcopal church closer to where she lives, but that parish has a priest who, after about 2 years there, has gradually done away with a number of their time-honored bake sales, special services and events, and instead is talking non-stop about social justice and how white people have to acknowledge their inherent racism. Cathy said it’s driving her and a number of her friends away, and she was hoping St. Paul’s was different; she’d heard Fr. Daniel is an upbeat, traditional young man with a friendly wife and four little children, which I can attest is true. Cathy says she’ll be coming back now to St. Paul’s.... [Read More]