“The summer has finally arrived to Paris: balmy 30 degrees, sweaty tourists…. It is even more amazing that the moment music begins sounding all those people who a minute ago were hurrying along busily , those people suddenly stop in their tracks and dive into the magic of sound, like it was a cool pool. Enjoy this short report for http://www.streetpianos.com and next time you suddenly hear piano sounds on a hot summer day on a street – it’s not an aural mirage , it’s for real – come and join in !” Continue reading →
I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.
In today’s world , I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.
At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.
I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).
Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow):
Twitter v. WordPress Settings
Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:
“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”
Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting!
Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why
Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!
This website is about art, artists and the way some of them have influenced my whole life.
If at times the content may seem nostalgic, is only when it resonate in quality, in message and in power to influence human knowledge of one’s feelings.
I am reminded of the little time we have to meditate upon the beauty around us, in an infinity of forms.
It is a duty, I think to share values, like leaflets over a monotonous life, and troubled civilization, away from the roll of coins that cannot buy neither a soul, nor that which makes us human.
So happy trails, and I hope you too will find something in theses pages that you’ll like to share with others.
Thank You Friends,
Danee Robinson is gifted with a pure, soprano angelic voice. She is an evolving presence in the world of classical music, and is getting more and more attention in the world of music, from an ever larger audience. How to describe in words her presence in the universe that’s larger than any imagination, the universe of music:
‘I am therefore I sing’
I feel her message throughout her musical career, in her album “Canto di Gioia” (Song of Joy) on stage, and in this beautiful interpretation of “Mandoline”, composed by Claude Debussy, in 1883, for piano and soloist on the poem of Paul Verlaine. A composition exuding youth, and its capacity of playfulness, freedom and happyness…Of love everlasting. Continue reading →
Some rather unsettling communications could come your way today, perhaps from out of state. This isn’t likely to be anything serious, Taurus, but it could be enough to put your nose a little out of joint. Changes in your neighborhood might interfere with your daily routine. A neighbor or relative could be ill and you might feel obligated to help them out a little. This is fine as long as you don’t commit to too much.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Today’s Holiday: Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts
The Al Bustan International Festival of Beirut, Lebanon, annually presents a program of music dance, marionettes, and theater. While chamber music dominates the program, the festival also includes works of opera, orchestral music, and choral music. Each year, the festival offers more than 30 performances over the five-week festival period in February and March. During the festival, participating artists offer master classes and workshops at the National Conservatoire in Beirut and other institutions throughout Lebanon. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Ono is a Japanese artist, musician, author, and peace activist best known for her marriage to John Lennon of the Beatles. She was raised in Japan and the US, where she started exploring conceptual and performance art. A member of the Fluxus movement, Ono developed a reputation as an avant-garde filmmaker, conceptual artist, performance artist, and experimental musician. Her 1964 Cut Piece, a commentary on identity, gender issues, suffering, and loneliness, invited the audience to do what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History: Race Car Driver Dale Earnhardt Dies in Daytona 500 Crash (2001)
Earnhardt was a seven-time champion and one of NASCAR’s most successful drivers when he was killed at the 2001 Daytona 500 race. In the final lap, his car veered abruptly down the track and made contact with two others before hitting a concrete retaining wall head-on at about 160 mph (258 km/h). He was killed instantly. In the wake of the tragedy, NASCAR launched an intensive safety campaign and the Florida Legislature passed the Earnhardt Family Protection Act changing what laws? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Ethelred was about 10 years old when his half-brother, the King of England, was murdered—possibly by Ethelred’s advisors. He took the throne in 978 CE and reigned for nearly 40 tumultuous years. Danes began attacking the coast of England while he was still a teen. He failed to mount an organized defense against them, and his later massacre of a Danish settlement provoked more attacks. Though often translated as “unready,” Ethelred’s epithet, “Unraed,” may have in fact been a pun meaning what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The second movement is a theme with fivevariationsin E♭major, Schubert’s only set of symphonic variations. Although there is some variation in the melody, the primary focus of the variations is on instrumentation and tone color. The first variation featuresviolinsandwinds. The second variation passes the theme between the low strings and thewoodwinds. The third variation is again violins and winds. The fourth variation is in C minor and features some acceleration with the use oftriplet–sixteenth notes. The fifth variation maintains the triplet-sixteenths, but they move into the background with the melody returning close to its original form as a kind of recapitulation. Acodaconcludes the movement.
The minuet is in C minor and mainly scored for thetuttiandfortissimo. The contrasting Trio in E♭major is more thinly scored winds, violins andpizzicatobass. The melody of the trio is actually a variation of the theme used in the second movement, forming a melodic and harmonic (E♭major/C minor) link between the inner two movements.
Studying some paperwork involving your finances could bring a pleasant surprise. You’re better off than you thought, Taurus! Dividends or benefits of some kind might be forthcoming. You could decide to treat yourself, buy some gifts for your family, or perhaps do some work on your home. Do take care to avoid impulse buying, and don’t go crazy spending. You don’t want your funds to disappear as quickly as they came!: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The Fornacalia, or Feast of Ovens, was designed to benefit the ovens (fornices) that parched grain and was held to placate the goddess Fornix, who presided over them. It lasted a week, during which each household made an offering of far, flour of the oldest kind of Italian wheat, served in the form of cakes. According to Ovid, those who were uncertain which curia, or tribal divisions of Rome, they belonged to ended up observing this festival on February 17 instead of on the proper day. At this time a general offering of cakes was made by the whole community. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Today’s Birthday: Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (1930)
Born in London, Rendell became an author of murder mysteries and psychological thrillers in the 1960s. She has since published dozens of award-winning novels—many featuring her Chief Inspector Wexford—and has been recognized for her sharp prose and psychological insight by both critics and audiences. Originally a journalist, Rendell was fired after writing about a society dinner she did not attend. What notable misfortune, which was absent from Rendell’s article, befell the speaker of the event? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History: First Issue of Newsweek Magazine Is Published (1933)
Originally News-Week, the magazine debuted 10 years after Time, for which Newsweek founder Thomas J.C. Martyn had been an editor. It evolved into a full spectrum of news material, from breaking news and analysis to reviews and commentary. In 1961, it was purchased by Philip Graham, publisher of The Washington Post. In 2010, it was sold for $1 to American businessman Sidney Harman. Today, Newsweek is the second largest newsweekly in the US. What is the largest? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The Kirishitan were Japanese converts to Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Missionary activity began in Japan soon after Portuguese shipping arrived in 1543. By the end of the century, the Japanese Christian community had grown to about 300,000—the largest non-European Christian community in the world. In 1614, Christianity was banned. Despite the threat of execution, some Kirishitan maintained their religion in secret. What tactic did the government use to expose suspected Christians? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
A chance to travel, perhaps for business purposes, could present itself to you today, Taurus. This might require some temporary adjustments in your personal life, but don’t let this stop you. You’ll want to make the most of whatever new opportunities come your way at this time. Career success is highly indicated, and this could make a profound and positive difference in the course of your life. Go for the gold!: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Celebration (Laredo, Texas)
This celebration in honor of George Washington has been held since 1898 by Laredo, Texas, and its sister city on the other side of the Mexican border, Nuevo Laredo. The two Laredos (los dos Laredos in Spanish) are linked by history and by three bridges across the Rio Grande. Both cities also celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day in September. Washington’s birthday events include dances, fireworks, mariachi music, a fun run, a jalapeño-eating contest, and parades with lavishly decorated floats. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
De Vries was a Dutch botanist whose theory of biological mutation and rediscovery of Mendel’s laws of heredity made possible the active investigation and universal acceptance of Darwin’s theory of evolution. He held that new species are formed chiefly through mutations—sudden, unpredictable, inheritable changes in an individual organism. Teaching at the University of Amsterdam, he introduced the experimental study of evolution. What important evolution-related term did he introduce to science? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History: Burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)
The USS Philadelphia was a 36-gun frigate that ran aground in October 1803 while blockading the coast of Tripoli. After some consideration, the Americans decided that the ship was too powerful a weapon to remain in enemy hands and sent a party of soldiers to recapture the ship and burn it. In carrying out “the most bold and daring act of the age,” the assaulting party used what ruse to sail up to the ship without arousing the suspicion of its Tripolitan guards? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean in the world, constituting one-fifth of Earth’s total ocean area and covering approximately one-seventh of the Earth’s surface. Crisscrossed by historically important trade routes, it is home to 40 percent of the world’s offshore oil production, and the relatively high traffic of oil tankers has prompted a surge in piracy off the Somali coast. Its northernmost current system usually flows clockwise, but in the winter, it reverses direction. Why? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Constantin Brancuşi’s series of works titled The Kiss
Constantin Brancuşi’s series of works titled The Kiss
Constantin Brancuşi’s series of works titled The Kiss
About the Sculpture:
Constantin Brancuşi’s series of works titled The Kiss constitutes one of the most celebrated depictions of love in the history of art. Utilizing a limestone block, the artist employed the method of direct carving to produce the incised contours that delineate the male and female forms. The juxtaposition of smooth and rough surfaces paired with the dramatic simplification of the human figures, which are shown from the waist up, may suggest Brancusi’s awareness of “primitive” African sculpture and perhaps also of the Cubist works of his contemporaries. The artist carved this sculpture specifically for John Quinn, the New York lawyer and art collector who had been interested in obtaining an earlier version of The Kiss (1907-8) that was no longer in the sculptor’s possession. When Quinn later inquired about the proper way to display his new acquisition, Brancusi responded that the work should be placed “just as it is, on something separate; for any kind of arrangement will have the look of an amputation. ” An archival photograph in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art reveals that Louise and Walter Arensberg, who later acquired the piece, installed The Kiss atop the artist’s Bench (1914-16) beside six stone sculptures from their collection of Pre-Columbian art.
Melissa Kerr, from Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Impressionism and Modern Art (2007), p. 164.
Group activities might prove a little unsettling for you today, Taurus. Animated discussions could turn into angry quarrels and this could offend your desire for harmony. A lot of misinformation could be exchanged today and cause confusion and short tempers. Stay home if you can, but if you must go out, don’t be afraid to leave at the first sign of arguments. They aren’t likely to accomplish much after that anyway.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The Gullah Celebration takes place annually over four weekends in February on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The event showcases the history and heritage of the island’s Gullahs, the name for people of African origin inhabiting the islands and coastal areas of the southeastern U.S. Entertainment at the celebration includes storytelling, traditional gospel music, African dance, and popular R&B and jazz. An expo provides demonstrations in such traditional arts and crafts as basket-making, indigo dying techniques, African “long-strip” quilting, and weaving fish nets. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Anthony was a pioneer in the US women’s suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women’s rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested for leading a group of women in doing what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 “new pence,” and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Perhaps the most important invention in history, the wheel was—and remains—essential to the development of human civilization. The first wheels appeared in the 4th millennium BCE and were solid wooden disks. Spoked wheels were developed about 1,000 years later in Asia Minor and were used in the chariots of Caucasian horse cultures, which then penetrated into the Greek peninsula and laid the foundation for classical Greece. The spoked wheel remained in use without major modifications until when? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
When I look out my window Many sights to see And when I look in my window So many different people to be That it’s strange, so strange It’s very strange to me
You’ve got to pick up every stitch (gonna be) You’ve got to pick up every stitch (gonna be, gonna be) You’ve got to pick up every stitch Oh no, must be the season of the witch Must be the season of the witch Must be the season of the witch (Gonna be)
When I look over my shoulder (what happens then?) What do you think I see? (mmm) Some other cat looking over (shadoop, shadoop) Over his shoulder at me (ahh, at me) And he’s strange, so strange (so strange) He’s very strange to me
You’ve got to pick up every stitch (gonna be) You’ve got to pick up every stitch (gonna be, gonna be) Beatniks are out to make it rich Oh no, must be the season of the witch Must be the season of the witch Must be the season of the witch
Witch, witch Said it must be the season, must be the season Must be the season Of the witch (Said it must be the season, must be the season, must be the season) (Said it must be the season, must be the season, must be the season) (Said it must be the season, must be the season, must be the season)