Fr. Dario Escobar, Colombian-born hermit living in Lebanon’s Kaddisha Valley, is profiled in a 2-minute AFP video titled “Hermit Finds Heaven in Lebanese Cave.” A related AFP article offers more detail, with several photos.
Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moKhKw5u25I
Article URL: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iytmu9cwPRxtpuK0L8T2D2HhYdDw
Still another article about Fr. Escobar, with more personal details, in the Lebanon website Tayyar, by visitors.
The Eleanor Roosevelt College of the University of California, San Diego, offers a course on hermits and eremitism taught by Matthew Herbst, professor of history. Here is the catalog description:
The Hermit: Solitude, Society, and the Search for Meaning
Location: ERC Conference Room 311
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet January 8, 15, 22, 29: February 5, 12, 19, 26.
What is the connection between community and hermit? Hermits have appeared in societies across the globe from Taoist and Buddhist hermits in the mountains of East Asia to Christian anchorites in deserts and forests, Hindu ascetics in India, and transcendentalists in the American wilderness. The hermit has, at times, represented the highest moral or religious ideals of a society, attracting disciples and admirers alike, while at other times, the hermit has been marginalized and ignored. This class provides students with a general introduction to the eremitical (“hermit”) tradition from a global perspective. Students will be introduced to a variety of literary, artistic, and cinematic depictions by and about hermits.
Item by the Post Star of Glen Falls, New YorkY, about a new book by William J. O’Hern titled Noah John Rondeau’s Adirondack Wilderness Days: A Year with the Hermit of Cold River Flow. Rondeau has been mentioned here before as a popular hermit figure of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Among features of the book is discussion of Rondeau’s secret code in composing his journals. Includes an interesting photo of the code.