We all have a capacity for beauty. In a sense, we are all “expecting,” just waiting for a moment of beauty to induce new life, new words, new saints—even new openings.
In this issue of Ruminate, our artists and contributors dance around and through those moments of beauty—they let us feel the agony of waiting for beauty when all of life seems destroyed by despair; they let us feel the tremulous beginnings of joy at the end of a storm. We find beauty in cathedrals and underwater caves, in the love of two suffering parents for their dying child. Through it all, this issue asks us to find beauty, wherever it may be.
Cover art by Natalie Salminen Rude.
Falfurious, Matthew Ira Swaye
The Glass Child, Tony Woodlief
Pattern of Chance, Natalie Salminen Rude
Grace for the Fallen, Natalie Salminen Rude
Altarpiece of the Martyrdom of St. Bon, Tyrus Clutter
Altarpiece of St. Thomas Eliot, Tyrus Clutter
Creating a Pastoral Scene, Karen Kelsay
The Uninvited Goat, Patricia Butler
Birdsong, Patricia Butler
The Ascension, John Philip Johnson
When You Were Being Made New, Sarah LeNoir
Apology to a Beggar Woman on the Steps of Notre Dame, Ashlee M. Davidson
Hard Candy Lace, Leland James
Cave Air, Sarah Estes Graham
Golden-Haired Mary, Sarah Estes Graham
Evensong, Eric Potter
Moss, Richard Sederstrom
Complicity, Rosanne Osbourne
The Passion, Rosanne Osbourne
June, Barbara Crooker