Category: Art

Mar 18

Momo’s second visit.

Student, Momo from Zheng Zhou, came for a second visit this weekend. Our weather was still quite cold and a fair amount of snow remains on the ground making for unsure footing while out walking. We did manage to visit the barn. Meeting a horse was a first experience for Momo. I enjoy when Momo …

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Mar 06

More Opera

Recently, I posted an article about opera. In that article I shared some of my very limited knowledge of the subject and comment on some of the great live opera that I’ve had the pleasure to experience. This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to listen to a few segments of the Metropolitan Opera‘s live …

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Mar 02

Tom Wolfe

March 2nd marks the birth of acclaimed American social critic, author and journalist, Tom Wolfe. Wolfe has been credited with introducing a handful of new terms into the English language. Among them; “statusphere,” “the right stuff,” “radical chic,” “the Me Decade,” and “social x-ray“. His creative style of writing has been embraced by many and …

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Feb 27

The older I get, the less and less I understand this world.

Today, I read this poem for the first time and it touched a nerve deep inside of me. I have lost friends to untimely death and that loss is always hard to bear, but the friend who has stopped contact is most puzzling and that hurts more. *** To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is …

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Feb 18

…there’s a price for being free.

LOST SAILOR Lyrics written by John Barlow Music by Bob Weir Compass card is spinning Helm is swingin’ to and fro Ooh where’s the dog star Ooh where’s the moon You’re lost sailor You’ve been too long at sea Some days the gales are howling Some days the sea is still as glass Ooh reef …

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Feb 17

Boredom.

In late winter I can relate to this poem by 20th Century American poet, John Berryman. His style was part of the confessional school of poetry. I have enjoyed some of Berryman’s poems, though I am reluctant to dig deeper into his work knowing that he, like his father, took his own life. The scars …

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Feb 08

Alan Watts Blues

  Alan Watts Blues (listen here or in China follow this link**) * Well, I’m taking some time with my quiet friend Well, I’m takin’ some time on my own Well, I’m makin’ some plans for my getaway There’ll be blue skies shining up above When I’m cloud hidden, cloud hidden, whereabouts unknown Well, I’ve …

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Feb 03

The Guggenheim Museum in NYC

In 1953, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Wright was invited to put on an exhibition dedicated to his concept of the Usonian House. It was titled; 60 Years of Living Architecture — The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright. By that time, Wright was well recognized world-wide and highly acclaimed …

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Jan 30

Dreams, Mythology & Symbols.

  Mythological figures were an ongoing theme in many post from last year. I shared a number of photographs of sculpture. Characters from ancient mythology are often the subject of music, paintings, sculpture and other forms of art. In this article, I want to share some material to provide a little deeper understanding of …

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Jan 27

A Winter’s Evening Sky

This evening the sky cleared enough to see a lovely sunset. The bitter cold remains. Shakespeare had some interesting words about winter wind. From As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7; (Blow, blow, thou winter wind) by Willaim Shakespeare. Lord Amiens, a musician, sings before Duke Senior’s company Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou …

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