December 2013 archive

Dec 31

Memory

Memory sits with her looking glass and the thought of the days passed. The reflections within a distant haze…never clear if life is dream. Beauty fades and yet, there, lingers memory. *** Sculptor, Daniel Chester French created this marble version in 1917. Perhaps French’s most famous work was that of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial …

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Dec 30

For (the sake of) old times…

Auld Lang Syne is well known in the English speaking world and is often sung at New Year’s Eve celebrations. The poem was written by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Burns is recognized as Scotland’s greatest bard and this, his greatest poem. Follow the link to this site for “everything you need to know about …

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Dec 24

More Photo Sales; Art and Artifacts

Earlier posts found here and here offering subscriptions to the blog and sale of some of my photographic prints. This set of prints looks great in either size. # 004 — Lady Liberty # 005 — Shabti   # 006 — The Three Graces   Prices: 5 x 7 prints @ $20 each or 3 …

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Dec 24

Christmas 2013

Last year at Christmas, I shared some information about cooking a traditional rib roast. A roast rib of beef is impressive to be sure, but there are smaller roasts from less expensive cuts of beef that are very suitable for a small gathering. To cook a rib roast for just my Mother and me is …

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Dec 24

Ye Old Yule Log

When I was a boy, we had a fireplace and on Christmas we would always have a roasting hot fire! Families who lived in the city did not have an opportunity to experience a real fire in a fireplace. For them, there was the Yule Log on the TV. And now, in the age of …

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Dec 23

Fresh Fish

After fasting and completing the intestinal cleanse earlier this year, I have been trying to eat more fish. I do enjoy fresh fish but it has become very expensive. Prices for many of the commonly available types of fish range between $8 and $15 per pound or more! I do not begrudge the fisherman a …

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Dec 22

End of the year quotes.

Oh, this is fun! A year’s end review of quotes from outspoken political pundits in the U.S. Follow the previous link for the top 30 picks from the online news source, Townhall. For me the best quote of the year is number 14; “What is going on here is that a cadre of people who …

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Dec 20

Duck Breast with Lignon Berries

Lignon berries are not too common in America, but they are often served with wild game in Northern European countries. Last year, I posted this article about duck. It offered a number of ways to cook duck and how to make a basic duck stock as a base for other more complex sauces. This year, …

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Dec 13

Subscriptions and More Photo Sales

In addition to selling a selection of photographic prints, I had another idea to boost the travel funds. In January, I will offer a “subscription” option for those of you who wish to help support the blog. As regular readers know, I put a fair amount of time into researching and writing this blog. For …

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Dec 13

Winter

In classic art the season of winter is often portrayed as a blustering and bearded, old man. By contrast, the sculpture titled Winter, by Antoine Houdon, is a stark depiction of a woman, bare-bottomed and shoeless with nothing more than a shawl to protect her from the elements. It is shocking to the senses. One …

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