Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30

What Creature Is This?

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 …

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Nov 28

Thanksgiving 2013

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 …

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Nov 19

Sprouts for health

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 …

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Nov 17

Google Analytic and You!

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, …

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Nov 16

Leda and the Swan

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 …

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Nov 15

Lucretia

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 …

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Nov 14

The Comet Encke

“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.” From the song, Throwing Stones. Words written by John Perry Barlowe, music by Bob Weir. *** For those of you interested in celestial …

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Nov 13

The Road Not Taken

The poet, Robert Frost is widely recognized as one of America’s greats. He was known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of colloquial speech. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I …

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Nov 12

More Emerson

In an article dated, April 30th, I wrote about Ralph Waldo Emerson here. He was a very interesting man. A true intellectual and far ahead of his time with respect to his ideas on a host of topics. Read more about his life here. His poem, Song of Nature is a bit long. I usually …

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Nov 11

Potato and Leek Soup

After harvesting those beautiful potatoes yesterday, I decided to make a batch of Potato and Leek soup. This is a very quick and easy soup to make. The thing that takes longer than all else is cleaning the leeks. Leeks are grown in sandy-muddy soil and they have a tendency to collect a lot of …

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