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Picturing a World

Annunciation to the Shepherds

At Christmas, we celebrate a story; and my favorite part has always been the shepherds. Over the centuries, it has lent itself to all sorts of narrative extensions—e.g., the medieval Second Shepherds’ Play and the recently released Certain Poor Shepherds by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.

Stories upon stories: This year Hanukkah beings tonight and Christmas comes tomorrow. Whatever our various beliefs, may the holidays bring us all a little more into the light.
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