Beleaguered in Bothell – 12 February 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 12 February 1828 – George Meredith, an English novelist and poet.

“To a Skylark”
by George Meredith

O skylark! I see thee and call thee joy!
Thy wings bear thee up to the breast of the dawn;
I see thee no more, but thy song is still
The tongue of the heavens to me!

Thus are the days when I was a boy;
Sweet while I lived in them, dear now they’re gone:
I feel them no longer, but still, O still
They tell of the heavens to me.

This Date in Art History: Born 12 February 11884 – Marie Vassilieff, a Russian painter.

Below – “Spanish Landscape”; “Le taste de the”; “The Smoker”; “In the Cafe”; “Lady with a Fan.”

Musings in Winter: Bruce Crown

“I looked up at the ivory towers above us all. Nowhere else equals the feral design of this city. Tall skyscrapers that act as gorges hollowing out between flat cement dancing into narrow alleyways like bottomless pits. Building walls rusted the color of blood. Sometimes when you look down the horizon from afar the city looks wider than it is, like a thin field of magical lights gleaming with the hopes of children and idealists; a light on at midnight in one of the penthouses or the changing hues of the Empire State Building. Most of the time though, the city is covered with a layer of honking cars and greed, sirens and the war cry of solicitors, all full of brambles and impenetrable conscience; garbage, steaming manholes, and heat waves twirling smog and pollution through your lungs like mirages as you walk breathlessly through a boiling desert.”

This Date in Art History: Born 12 February 1909 – Zoran Music, a Slovene painter and illustrator.

Below – “We Are Not the Last”; “Root”; “Il Traghetto”; “Portrait of Ida”; “Rocky Landscape.”

Happy Darwin Day

In the words of one writer, “Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on 12 February 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin’s contribution to science and to promote science in general. Darwin Day is celebrated around the world.”

Some quotes from the work of Charles Darwin:

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
“An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.”

This Date in Art History: Born 12 February 1819 – William Wetmore Story, an American sculptor.

Below – “The Libyan Sibyl”; “Medea”; “Semiramis”; “Cleopatra”; “Sappho.”

Worth a Thousand Words: Galapagos National Park.

This Date in Art History: Born 12 February 1837 – Thomas Moran, an American painter of the Hudson River School.

Below – “Approaching Storm”; “Autumn on the Wissahickon”; “Badlands of the Dakota”; “Devil’s Tower, Green River, Wyoming”; “The Golden Hour”; “Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset.”

A Poem for Today

“No Matter What”
by Mary Oliver

No matter what the world claims,
its wisdom always growing, so it’s said,
some things don’t alter with time:
the first kiss is a good example,
and the flighty sweetness of rhyme.

No matter what the world preaches
spring unfolds in its appointed time,
the violets open and the roses,
snow in its hour builds its shining curves,
there’s the laughter of children at play,
and the wholesome sweetness of rhyme.

No matter what the world does,
some things don’t alter with time.
The first kiss, the first death.
The sorrowful sweetness of rhyme.

This Date in Art History: Died 12 February 1942 – Grant Wood, an American painter.

Below – “Woman with Plants”; “Stone City, Iowa”; “Young Corn”; “Arbor Day”; “Spring in Town”; “American Gothic.”

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