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Iron Hawk (Chetan Maza). Oglala Lakota. 1900. Photo by F.A. Rinehart.

Iron Hawk (Chetan Maza). Oglala Lakota. 1900. Photo by F.A. Rinehart.

American impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935)” Winter in Central Park”

American impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam (1859-1935)” Winter in Central Park”

Stump Horn Bull. Crow. Photo by L.A. Huffman. 1879.

Stump Horn Bull. Crow. Photo by L.A. Huffman. 1879.

Masecalli at window. Hopi girl of the village of Oraibi, Arizona. Photo by Adam Clark Vroman. ca. 1900.

Masecalli at window. Hopi girl of the village of Oraibi, Arizona. Photo by Adam Clark Vroman. ca. 1900.

O-o-be (aka Oyebi). Kiowa. circa 1894.

O-o-be (aka Oyebi). Kiowa. circa 1894.

Boston, Massachusetts 🍁🍂

Boston, Massachusetts 🍁🍂

The peace of wild things, Wendell Berry

The peace of wild things, Wendell Berry

Today’s Holiday:Hoshana Rabbah

Today’s Holiday:
Hoshana Rabbah

Hoshana Rabbah is considered the last possible day on which one can seek forgiveness for the sins of the preceding year. According to Jewish tradition, on Yom Kippur, God seals the Book of Life—and thus each individual’s fate for the coming year. But since the Middle Ages, Hoshana Rabbah has been regarded as an extension of the deadline for Divine judgment. According to an old Jewish folk belief, notes fell from Heaven on this day, informing people of how they had been judged. The traditional Yiddish greeting, a gute kvitl, “May you receive a good note,” reflects this belief.:

Today’s Birthday:John William “Johnny” Carson (1925)

Today’s Birthday:
John William “Johnny” Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, “The Great Carsoni” gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America’s most popular late-night program. How many times was he married?:

This Day in History:The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

This Day in History:
The Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them?:

Quote of the Day:Lucy Maud Montgomery

Quote of the Day:
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Any one who has gumption knows what it is, and any one who hasn’t can never know what it is. So there is no need of defining it.:

Article of the Day:Anomie

Article of the Day:

In his 1897 book Suicide, French sociologist Emile Durkheim introduced his concept of anomie, a social condition characterized by institutional instability, the breakdown of social norms, and a divorce between socially valid goals and available means for achieving them. The alienation, anxiety, and amorality afflicting individuals who live under such conditions is widely believed to result in delinquency, crime, and suicide. How did the Industrial Revolution factor into Durkheim’s theory?:

Word of the Day:exacta

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A method of betting, as on a horserace, in which the bettor must correctly pick those finishing in the first and second places in precisely that sequence.
Synonyms: perfecta
Usage: Even though she knew it was risky, she was tempted to go for the exacta, which had a higher payout than a bet on just the winning horse.:

MICROWAVE – feud in your home – Ephemeris

Ralph Willet Dixey (Bannock tribe ), Peter Jim (Shoshone tribe ) – 1897.

Ralph Willet Dixey (Bannock tribe ), Peter Jim (Shoshone tribe ) – 1897.

My Chakra today 

My Chakra today

My Flower today 

My Flower today

It’s complicated…

It’s complicated…

BBC News: US election: Trump outlines plan for first 100 days

US election: Trump outlines plan for first 100 days –

Watch “Leroy Anderson – Jazz Pizzicato” on YouTube

Being pleasant to someone you dislike is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength.

​Being pleasant to someone you dislike is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength.

Watch “”Forgotten Dreams” by Leroy Anderson” on YouTube

A beautiful song from when I was a little boy !

It was played a lot in those times, from a different century, evoking feelings of dreamlike mrmories, from even earlier times, during the  same past century. The nostalgia of furtivity of time and of the void left in its place, irrevocable and irreconcilable, like a dark place inside of an even darker place. It is a song for the old people, with their old memories and their little, bowing, movement.

It is a beautiful song of letting go and of comming to terms with one’s life!

Watch “Typewriter – Brandenburger Symphoniker” on YouTube

Watch “Victor Borge Classic Collection – The Legendary Victor Borge” on YouTube

Watch “Victor Borge” on YouTube

Watch “Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough (Remastered Video)” on YouTube

Watch “The Traitor_Martha Wainwright_Leonard Cohen_I’m Your Man_720HD-022711.avi” on YouTube

“The Traitor_Martha Wainwright_Leonard Cohen_I’m Your Man_720HD-022711.avi” on YouTube

The Traitor

Martha Wainwright


Now the swan it floated on the English river

Ah, the rose of high romance, it opened wide
A sun tanned woman yearned me through the summer
And the judges watched us from the other side

I told my mother, “Mother, I must leave you
Preserve my room but do not shed a tear
Should rumor of a shabby ending reach you
It was half my fault and half the atmosphere”

But the rose I sickened with a scarlet fever
And the swan I tempted with a sense of shame
She said at last I was her finest lover
And if she withered I would be to blame

The judges said, “You missed it by a fraction
Rise up and brace your troops for the attack”
Ah, the dreamers ride against the men of action
Oh, see the men of action falling back

But I lingered on her thighs, a fatal moment
I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still
My falsity had stung me like a hornet
The poison sank and it paralyzed my will

I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers
That they had been deserted from above
So on battlefields from here to Barcelona
I’m listed with the enemies of love

And long ago she said, “I must be leaving
Ah, but keep my body here to lie upon
You can move it up and down and when I’m sleeping
Run some wire through that rose and wind the swan”

So daily I renew my idle duty
I touch her here and there, I know my place
I kiss her open mouth and I praise her beauty
And people call me traitor to my face

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

The Traitor lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Boats Returning Home William Ritschel

Boats Returning Home William Ritschel

Christian Schloe ~ “Garden of Melancholia”

Christian Schloe ~ “Garden of Melancholia”


Despre paraziții Sociali-şti

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

Nez Perce infant and young boy – Art Cercle, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1903. Photo by Edward. H. Latham.

Nez Perce infant and young boy – Art Cercle, Colville Indian Reservation, Washington, ca. 1903. Photo by Edward. H. Latham.

McLeod Lake yesterday! Snowy hike with summer temps!

McLeod Lake yesterday! Snowy hike with summer temps!

Joaquín Sorolla – Fishermen

Joaquín Sorolla – Fishermen

Not everyone, not everyday…

Not everyone, not everyday

Pe inserat,  in Breaza de Făgăraş

Pe inserat, in Breaza de Făgăraş

Today’s Holiday:Hi Matsuri

Today’s Holiday:
Hi Matsuri

Early on the evening of October 22, people light bonfires along the narrow street leading to the Kuramadera Shrine in Kurama, a village in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. Fire is a purifying element according to Shinto, and the village is believed to be protected from accidents on this night. Soon after dusk, people light torches: even babies are allowed to carry tiny torches made out of twigs. Young men carry large torches—sometimes, it takes several men to keep them upright. As they walk through the streets, everyone chants rhythmically, “Sai-rei! Sai-ryo!” (“Festival, good festival!”):

Today’s Birthday:Doris Lessing (1919)

Today’s Birthday:
Doris Lessing (1919)

Lessing was a British writer and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Iran, she moved with her family to a farm in what was Southern Rhodesia in 1924 and lived there until 1949, when she settled in England and began her writing career. Her work often addresses social and political themes, particularly the place of women in society. The Golden Notebook, her most widely read novel, is considered a feminist classic, although Lessing herself said what about feminists?:

This Day in History:The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

This Day in History:
The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors. According to one of the many legends about the disaster, Shovell reached the shore alive, only to be murdered by a woman who stole what priceless object from him?:

Quote of the Day:Jane Austen

Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid.:

Article of the Day:Déjà vu

Article of the Day:
Déjà vu

A French term meaning “already seen,” déjà vu refers to the feeling that something encountered for the first time is eerily familiar and has in fact been seen before. Although dreams, reincarnation, parallel universes, and out-of-body travel have been invoked to explain the phenomenon, it is most likely due to an anomaly of memory which creates the impression that an experience is being recalled. Which two pharmaceutical drugs have been reported to induce déjà vu when taken together?:

Word of the Day:brawny

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Strong and muscular.
Synonyms: hefty, sinewy, muscular, powerful
Usage: The muscles of his brawny arms showed through the sleeves of his light summer coat.:

Eveniment literar: lansare de carte, Denisa Aricescu

Cugetări :Pentru un poet totul se poate privi printr-o fereastră poetică

Pentru un poet totul se poate privi printr-o fereastră poetică

Pentru un poet totul se poate privi printr-o fereastră poetică…totul poate fi o feerie de cuvinte, dansând jucăuse ca rândunici în zbor sau melancolice precum primul fulg de nea ce ni se aşează uşor pe obraz.

Watch “Elvis Costello – I’ll never fall in love again” on YouTube


Download “I’ll Never Fall In …” Ringtone

“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”

What do you get when you fall in love?
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble
That’s what you get for all your trouble
I’ll never fall in love again
I’ll never fall in love again

What do you get when you kiss a girl
You get enough germs to catch pneumonia
After you do, she’ll never phone you
I’ll never fall in love again
I’ll never fall in love again

Don’t tell me what it’s all about
‘Cause I’ve been there and I’m glad I’m out
Out of those chains those chains that bind you
That is why I’m here to remind you

What do you get when you give your heart
You get it all broken up and battered
That’s what you get, a heart that’s shattered
I’ll never fall in love again
I’ll never fall in love again

Out of those chains those chains that bind you
That is why I’m here to remind you

What do you get when you fall in love?
You only get lies and pain and sorrow
So for at least until tomorrow
I’ll never fall in love again
I’ll never fall in love again

I’ll never fall in love again
I’ll never fall in love again

Life is better in the mountains.

Life is better in the mountains.



The best of Florence of the week is @ruberry on #instagram, congratulations! Piazza Duomo #visitflorence

The best of Florence of the week is @ruberry on #instagram, congratulations! Piazza Duomo #visitflorence

1509-1520 RAFFAELLO A ROMA1511 – « Madonna del Velo »


1511 – « Madonna del Velo »
« La Madonna del Velo o di Loreto o Madonna Brocca[1] è un dipinto a olio su tavola (120×90 cm) di Raffaello, databile al 1511-1512 e conservato nel Museo Condé di Chantilly. »

1) «Un dipinto con questo soggetto del Sanzio è citato dall’Anonimo Magliabechiano, dal Vasari e dal von Sandrart (1675) nella chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo a Roma. È detta anche Madonna di Loreto, dal nome di una copia che si conserva presso il santuario della Santa Casa, già scambiata per l’originale. Non è chiaro chi fosse il committente dell’opera, se papa Giulio II o forse Agostino Chigi; del primo si conservava un ritratto per mano dello stesso artista nella stessa chiesa. La posizione dell’opera sull’altare è nota anche dall’incisione del 1572, mentre altre copie a stampa vennero curate nel 1553 e nel 1575.  »

2) «In ogni caso dell’opera si persero le tracce dal 1615. Delle numerosissime copie esistenti, testimonianti il successo dell’opera, nessuna veniva giudicata autografa: quella del Louvre, del Metropolitan Museum, di Sanremo, di Firenze, di Verona, di Milano, di Napoli, di Parma, di Roma, di Fontenay-aux-Roses (presso Parigi), oltre a quelle di Loreto e di Chantilly.  »

3) «Ricerche d’archivio volte a svelare quale dei due ritratti di Giulio II fosse originale (se quello di Firenze o quello di Londra), scoprirono che la tavola londinese aveva sul retro un numero d’inventario che corrispondeva a a un’entrata nella galleria di Scipione Borghese. Da questa informazione si è risaliti al percorso dei due dipinti di Raffaello in Santa Maria del Popolo. Presi dal cardinale Paolo Emilio Sfondrati, il quale lasciò una cospicua elemosina per calmare il malcontento, passarono, con tutta la sua collezione, alla galleria Borghese nel 1608. Morto anche il cardinale Scipione, nel 1633, si arriva all’inventario del 1693, in cui il ritratto di papa Giulio è elencato al n. 118, e al n. 133 la Madonna del Velo. Cercando tra le copie conosciute si è scoperto che solo quella di Chantilly aveva sul retro tale numero e, dopo essere stata restaurata e pulita dagli spessi strati di vernice ingiallita, si è rivelata in tutta la sua qualità e in uno stato di conservazione molto buono (1976).  »

4) «La Madonna di Chantilly proviene dalle collezioni del Duca d’Aumale, che l’aveva acquistata come copia da Raffaello dal principe di Salerno.  »

1) «L’opera mostra la Sacra Famiglia con Maria in primo piano che sta sollevando un velo trasparente dal figlio, che sgambetta vivace, disteso su una sorta di materasso in primo piano; da dietro, a destra, Giuseppe affiora dall’oscurità. Il velo simboleggia il sudario e quindi la Passione di Cristo.  »

2) « A differenza di altre opere lo sfondo è scuro (in altre si vede una tenda o comunque elementi che fanno pensare a una stanza chiusa), che fa spiccare per contrasto i colori intensi della veste della Vergine e il candore degli incarnati e del lenzuolo su cui è steso il Bambino.  »

3) «L’avvolgimento atmosferico delle figure rimanda all’esempio di Leonardo da Vinci, sebbene sia tipica ormai del Sanzio l’atmosfera di serena familiarità e di raccoglimento.  »

4) «Effetti di luce modulano in maniera diversa gli elementi, dalla plastica rotondità del Bambino e di Maria esaltata dalla luce incidente, all’apparizione sfocata di Giuseppe in secondo piano.  »

Din Breaza spre Sud: Dincolo de fereastră :)

Dincolo de fereastră🙂