The Angel of the Lilies stained glass window.

The Angel of the Lilies is a Tiffany stained glass window by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Massachusetts.

Halcyon Arts brings
​the world of music and spirituality ​
to ​New England by presenting programs ​
that enrich and transform. ​

Bird's Nest Floating in Water - by V Fitzjerrell

What does halcyon mean?

1. adjective: denoting a period of time idyllically happy, calm, and peaceful.

2. noun: A bird in Greek legend generally associated with the kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the bird nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest.

According to Greek mythology, Alkyone, the daughter of the god of the winds, became so distraught when she learned that her husband had been killed in a shipwreck that she threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher. As a result, ancient Greeks called such birds alkyōn or halkyōn. The legend also says that such birds built floating nests on the sea, where they so charmed the wind god that he created a period of unusual calm that lasted until the birds' eggs hatched. This legend prompted people to use halcyon both as a noun naming a genus of kingfisher and as an adjective meaning either "of or relating to the kingfisher or its nesting period" or "calm."

--from Miriam Webster

Image: Bird's Nest Floating in Water - by V Fitzjerrell. An original charcoal and pastel drawing in shades of blue.

What's Coming Up Next?

The Art of Brazilian Jazz
Oct 22, 10:00 AM
Unitarian Universalist Society
The Joe Carter, guitar, and Harvey S, bass, teach the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more.