Dec 18

Frank Loyd Wright

A sample from the interior of a F.L.W designed home on display in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization“. – Frank Lloyd Wright The word, Usonian was employed by Wright as a means to describe the distinctly American landscape that was notably unencumbered by preexisting architecture. More about this style of architectural design found here. …

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Dec 13

Links for fun!

This past year, many of my students have had an opportunity to be introduced to the fun blog Wait But Why There are usually interesting topics to ponder there. My favorite for this year was How to Pick a Life Partner. If you are single you should read this before you rush into something you …

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Dec 09

Alone

Alone by Kevin Neary * A hollow hole An emptiness that knows not why At the core of the soul Enough to bring tear to the eye Was it caused by all the lies deception and betrayal This palpable sense of nothingness Leaves unfulfilled the quest For the thing that is missing That indescribable, forever sense …

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Dec 04

Frustration in NYC

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Wednesday, December 3rd, I ventured to the Big Apple mostly because I stumbled into a discount ticket deal last month and thought I would take advantage of the low cost trip to get a couple of things done. Number one on the list was to visit the Chinese embassy and request clarification about some of …

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Nov 29

Old and in the Way.

*** Old And In The Way by David Grisman * Chorus Old and in the way That’s what I heard him say They used to heed the words he said But that was yesterday Coal will turn to gray And youth will fade away They’ll never care about you Cause you’re old and in the …

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Nov 27

Happy Thanksgiving

A view of the snow covered garden on Thanksgiving 2014.

4:00AM As a part of my normal Thanksgiving tradition, I always try to get out in the morning for a walk. This helps to boost the appetite before I begin cooking the holiday feast. Today, however, we are digging out from a hefty bit of snow that came down all day yesterday. It is early …

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Nov 22

Poetry as Art.

A poem written by Archibald MacLeish, titled ARS POETICA, is useful as an example of what one poet believes poetry is. From the Latin; Ars = art + Poetica = poetry = poetry as art. Ars Poetica A poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit Dumb As old medallions to the thumb …

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Nov 17

Gray

GRAY / GREY There are many shades of the color gray, but is gray truly a color? And for that matter are black and white colors? Follow this link to get the details. Here’s a link to a very cool site with info about color; how certain colors affect mood. Did you know the human …

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Nov 12

Cauliflower

cauliflower 2014

Earlier this spring, I purchased 6 young plants that were marked as “Brussels Sprouts” but they actually turned out to be cauliflower. It has been a few years since I have planted cauliflower so I found a bit of space to cram them in. I was pleased with the size of these plants, though I …

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Nov 07

November

Bare trees and shadows against a November sky.

NOVEMBER by Helen Hunt Jackson   This is the treacherous month when autumn days With summer’s voice come bearing summer’s gifts. Beguiled, the pale down-trodden aster lifts Her head and blooms again. The soft, warm haze Makes moist once more the sere and dusty ways, And, creeping through where dead leaves lie in drifts, The …

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