Monthly Archives: August 2012

Un Recordatorio

28 August 1565 – Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles establishes St. Augustine, Florida, forty-two years before Jamestown, Virginia and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, thus making it the oldest permanent settlement … Continue reading

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A Great Space of Dark

Born 26 August 1899 – Rufino Tamayo, a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, who specialized in painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. The painting below – “Moon Dog” (1973) – is a marvelous example of Tamayo’s work. The figure it … Continue reading

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The Stark Beauty of High Places

26 August 1778 – The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. I know that this successful climb does not qualify as a major news event, but I am writing about it because Triglav is such a … Continue reading

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A Manifest Destiny

“Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination.” – Christopher Isherwood, Anglo-American novelist and translator. The intelligent and insightful Isherwood lived and worked in Hollywood for many years, and … Continue reading

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Idiotic, But Equal

“I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.” – Maureen Reagan (died 2001) Since she was the daughter of Ronald Reagan, Maureen … Continue reading

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My Kind of Woman

“Whenever people say ‘we mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘we must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” – Brigid Brophy, … Continue reading

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Americans Should Never Forget Mother

Mother! thou shouldst be living at this hour; America hath need of thee. – With thanks to William Wordsworth. Born 1 August 1837 – Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American schoolteacher, labor and community organizer, and co-founder of the Industrial Workers … Continue reading

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Say it ain’t so, Dr. Phil!

“It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.” – Rose Macaulay, English writer, who was born on 1 August 1881. Lose faith in Dr. Phil? What next? Start to have doubts about Oprah? Turn … Continue reading

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Remembering Theodore Roethke

Remembering Theodore Roethke “Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It’s what everything else isn’t.” – Theodore Roethke, American poet and winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Award for … Continue reading

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Getting Beneath The Surface Of Things

“Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville, novelist, short story writer, essayist, poet, and author of “Moby-Dick,” the … Continue reading

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