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Biosyntrx strongly believes that appreciation, exploration and commitment to science, art, music, and humanities, add significantly to the global greater good and are important parts of the intellectual whole. 

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Sunday, March 25, 2018

According to a 2011 PBS “Keeping Score” special, “You never know when or where social, political or artistic revolutions will start.  Often, these artistic revolutions in taste—seem to predict other changes in society.

Celebrating Gypsy Jazz

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A note from my  friend and fellow founding board member of the Ocular Nutrition Society, Carol Boerner, MD, about her recent week in Paris celebrating food, drink, and music with her goddaughter, reminded me how much I love Paris, Gypsy jazz and the early “Hot Club” protest music started by gypsy guitarist “Django” Reinhardt outside Paris in the 1930s.

E.O. Wilson: The Scientist Who Writes Like a Poet

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Sir Issac NewtonPen American Center, the largest branch of the world's leading literary and human rights organization, has just announced that Edward Osborne Wilson, PhD, Harvard professor emeritus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Pen Literary Science Writing Award.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 Celebration

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.  ―​Toni MorrisonThis past week's Colorado College three-day symposium celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100, addressed the differences he made in our appreciation of classical music, musical theater, conducting choreography, our understanding of Gustav Mahler, Bernstein's own Jewish identity, and his lifelong commitment to social justice. 

A Bipartisan Humanitarian Plea

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Children and young adults all over our country who have not felt safe in their schools for a number of years are telling the public that now is exactly the time to discuss guns and eminently reasonable controls.

Chet Baker's My Funny Valentine

Sunday, February 11, 2018

It seems fitting given these times that we chose one of the all time best West Coast Jazz trumpeters Chet Baker, to celebrate music and Valentine's Day 2018.He took an obscure show tune from the 1930s musical comedy Babes in Arms and turned it into one of the most enduring and haunting jazz classics.

Our Town and Why We Love Leonard Berstein

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Our small city of Colorado Springs may have an overblown national reputation for being at perpetual political odds, but for the next six weeks, we will come together to mark the centennial-year legacy of Leonard Bernstein and his career focus on this country's struggle with a crisis of faith and belief in our common humanity.

Vivaldi's Winter

Sunday, January 28, 2018

If you don't like this, I'll stop writing music.  —Vivaldi​Our last January 2018 Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features Antonio Vivaldi. He wrote a spectacular group of concertos titled Four Seasons and "Winter" has always been my most favorite of the four because of its charming chaotic-ness.

On Always Loving Vincent

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Recently seeing the new animated and first fully painted Van Gogh biographic film titled Loving Vincent  brought up delightful memories of an ocular nutrition science course I taught in Maryland a couple of years ago during the Washington DC Phillips Collection Van Gogh exhibit.

Harry Brown, MD, Receives Biosyntrx Humanitarian Award

Sunday, January 14, 2018

We’ve been given the gift of being able to restore sight. It’s important that we use our abilities to their fullest. —Harry Brown, MD

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