In the coming days, I will post the last of the MET sculpture pictures taken with the Pentax K30 this past summer.
Emily Dickinson is another highly acclaimed American poet and considered by many to be one of the world’s best female poets. Her style was unconventional and was thought of as revolutionary for the times. During her lifetime, she wrote over 1,700 poems! Very few of these poems were published before she passed in 1886. Family and friends are responsible for the posthumous publication of the majority of her work. Here is a link to a short summary of her life. Read this link for a deeper analysis of her technical style and information about the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.
In a letter addressed to his wife Abigail, dated 5/12/1780, John Adams, the second president of the United States said; “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
Surely Madison’s words are equally insightful as they are beautiful. The sentiment expressed is rich with the concept that life is about far more than merely living. Life must have purpose and there is more to the universe than the here and now. If we are to make a difference in this world, we must look to the long game. What will we leave for our progeny?
My guest, Momo, is a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She came to visit for this Thanksgiving Holiday. We started the day with a good breakfast and then went for a hike to my waterfall. The new background picture on the blog was taken today and this following shot is probably the best of the day;
and another of Winter’s long shadow.
A standard menu at my house for Thanksgiving includes the following as a minimum;
Seed sprouts can be an economical way to supplement your menu and boost the nutritional value of your daily diet. This is especially helpful during the winter months when fresh veggies are limited in availability or very costly. The only thing you need to sprout seeds for food is a jar and some cheesecloth over the top. There are other options, like sprouting trays too, but they are not necessary. This link offers plenty of tips and advise for sprouting. On page 9 you will find a chart that tells how many seeds to germinate for the desired quantity of finished sprouts.
As I enter the 18th month of writing this blog the number of articles I’ve published is approaching 100. I am trying to determine what is working and what is not. How can I make this site a better learning experience for ESL students?
To that end, I had installed the Google Analytic program. Initially, I wanted to get an idea of how may people were visiting the site, how long they were staying and what articles were drawing the greatest level of interest. I also wanted to know where my visitors were.
Another subject used in classic art is a story that comes out of Greek mythology, Leda and the Swan. The photograph below is from the MET. The artist, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse completed the work in 1870. Belleuse is less famous than Rodin, but it is my understanding that he was, for a time, Rodin’s instructor.
The story of Leda and the Swan involves the god, Zeus, adopting the form of a swan and seducing or raping Leda, a married woman. She then bears his children, Helen and Polydeuces as well as the children of her husband, Castor and Clytemnestra.
This sculpture by Philippe Bertrand depicts the tragic act of Lucretia taking her own life.
This image is yet another of the many I captured on one of several visits this year to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. To read some of my other articles about art and sculpture on view at the MET follow this link.
“But she hath lost a dearer thing than life,
And he hath won what he would lose again:
This forced league doth force a further strife;
This momentary joy breeds months of pain;
This hot desire converts to cold disdain:
Pure Chastity is rifled of her store,
And Lust, the thief, far poorer than before.”
“Picture a bright blue ball, just spinning, spinning free,
Dizzy with eternity.
Paint it with a skin of sky,
Brush in some clouds and sea,
Call it home for you and me.”
For those of you interested in celestial viewing the month of November offers an opportunity to see a comet that has become known as the “Old Faithful” of comets, Encke. Named after the German astronomer, Johann Franz Encke.
In addition to Encke, there are the usual Leonid meteor shower to be seen in November.
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,