October 2013 archive

Oct 19

Fog rolls in and the rains begin….

To Autumn by William Blake (1757-1827) O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stainèd With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may’st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe, And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of …

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Oct 14

Lamb Stew and a Rack of Lamb Too!

Lamb is enjoyed in many countries around the world. It is true that Americans eat a lot of beef and I like beef, but I must say that I enjoy lamb very much! In an earlier post about lamb, I did a marinated and roast leg you can read about it here. I frequently see …

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Oct 12

Personal Safety and Self Defense.

As the evening darkness advances a little earlier this time of year, it is important to be more vigilant to the perils of street crime. Car prowls, purse snatches and muggings increase as the holiday shopping season approaches. Walking with a friend and staying along well-lit streets and parking areas at night are two basic …

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Oct 10

Nydia the Blind Flowergirl of Pompeii.

Another sculpture that depicts a tragic historical event is Nydia the Blind Flowergirl of Pompeii. Though the character of Nydia is fictitious and taken from a novel titled The Last Days of Pompeii, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, in 1834. The inspiration for the sculpture was actually taken from a painting tilted, Last Day of Pompeii, by …

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Oct 09

More Ghost Stories.

Not far from my childhood home is the lonely Ringwood Manor. It is said that the place has been haunted for over two centuries! Here is the story; Ghosts of Ringwood Manor A New Jersey Ghost Story retold by S. E. Schlosser Ringwood Manor you say? A lovely old house. But no place, my child, …

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Oct 08

“…drinking with strangers can be very risky.”

A pair of short stories that are appropriate for the approaching Halloween festivities are The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, by the American author, Washington Irving. First published in 1820, these stories brought Irving high acclaim from European critics. In Sleepy Hollow there is a headless horseman, a haunted tree and many …

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Oct 07

Autumn colors begin…

It is now late in the gardening season and yet, I still have peas, peppers, basil, herbs, carrots, scallions, leeks, spuds, and two types of lettuce. If I am lucky I may actually get a head of broccoli that survived the attack of the rabbits. The season colors are looking bright. It is my favorite …

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Oct 06

Ancient Artifacts and Sculpture

You may be interested to read the other articles that focus on sculpture at the MET. You can start here, then go here and here. and lastly go here. This is another piece highlighting sculpture on view at the MET. I want to show a sampling of the ancient artifacts and sculpture on exhibit. These …

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Oct 05

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin is recognized by many as the father of modern sculpture. He was a gifted and prolific creator of art sculpture. As any knowledgeable artist understands, the way of success (or certainly keeping food on the table) is to reproduce, reproduce, reproduce! Bronze is a media that lends itself nicely to that concept. Read …

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Oct 03

Improve your learning ability and manage your time efficiently.

A number of my younger students have started their college education and some of them have been concerned with their ability to keep up with the rigorous workload. In the interest of helping all readers, both students and career professionals to reach optimum performance, I offer the following links to improve Time Management skills, general …

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