Beleaguered in Bothell – 14 November 2017

Remembering a Great Leader on the Date of His Death: Died 14 November 1915 – Booker T. Washington, who, in the words of one writer, “was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community.
Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants.”

Some quotes from the work of Booker T. Washington:

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
“I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.”
“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”
“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity”
“We all should rise above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Bernard Charoy (French, contemporary)

Below – “La Reveuse”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Great Pyramids of Giza.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Russell Chatham (American, contemporary)

Below – “Spring Moonrise in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains”; “Suce Creek”; Untitled; “Snow Flurries”

Remembering a Great Historian on the Date of His Birth: Born 14 November 1861 – Frederick Jackson Turner, an influential American historian and author. In the words of one writer, Turner “promoted interdisciplinary and quantitative methods, often with a focus on the Midwest. He is best known for his essay ‘The Significance of the Frontier in American History’, whose ideas formed the Frontier Thesis. He argued that the moving western frontier shaped American democracy and the American character from the colonial era until 1890. He is also known for his theories of geographical sectionalism. In recent years historians and academics have argued strenuously over Turner’s work; all agree that the Frontier Thesis has had an enormous impact on historical scholarship and the American mind.”

Some quotes from the work of Frederick Jackson Turner:

“That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness; that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients; that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends; that restless, nervous energy; that dominant individualism, working for good and evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which comes with freedom – these are the traits of the frontier.”
“Thus the advance of the frontier has meant a steady movement away from the influence of Europe, a steady growth of independence on American lines.”
“Up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West. The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American development.”
“The frontier has gone, and with its going has closed the first period of American history.”
“Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time.”

Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Dr. T.F. Chen (American, contemporary)

Below – “Love Above Confrontation”; “Wedding Above the Village”; “Happy Holidays, Vacation in Arles France”

For Your Information: 14 November is National Spicy Guacamole Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Ju Hong Chen (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Oriental Lady in Manet’s Conservatory”; “Hermit and His Family”; “There Was a Falls Called Celilo”

A Poem for Today

By Raymond Carver

So early it’s still almost dark out.
I’m near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren’t saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take
each other’s arm.
It’s early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn’t enter into this.

It comes on
And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.

This Date in Art History: Born 14 November 1840 – Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting.

Below – “Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge”; “Springtime”; “The Magpie”; “Madame Monet in a Japanese Kimono”; “Lunch on the Grass”; “Water Lilies.”

Musings in Autumn: Thomas Berger

“I love her still, for if you know anything about that kind of feeling, you know how close it is connected to hopelessness and thus is about the only thing in civilization that don’t degenerate with time.”

This Date in Art History: Born 14 November 1897 – John Steuart Curry, an American painter best known for his works depicting life in his home state, Kansas.

Below – “Baptism in Kansas”; “Ajax”; “Tornado Over Kansas”; “Spring Shower”; “Kansas Pastoral, Planter’s Family”; “Kansas Cornfield.”

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