26 September 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Remembering a Great American on the Date of His Birth: Born 26 September 1774, John Chapman, called Johnny Appleseed, who was, in the words of one writer, “a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of VI: Tanya Wissotzky (Russian, 1959-2006)

Below – “Memories II”; “Tokyo”

Worth a Thousand Words: Avalanche Lake, Glacier Lake National Park.

Art for Autumn – Part II of VI: Alan Wolton (British, contemporary)

Below – “Aspen Trail”

Remembering a Great American Voice on the Date of Her Death: Died 26 September 1937, Bessie Smith, a blues singer nicknamed the Empress of the Blues.

Art for Autumn – Part III of VI: Daniel Wong (American, contemporary)

Below – “Depot”; “Joey”

For Your Information: 26 September is National Pancake Day in the United States.

Art for Autumn – Part IV of VI: John William Waterhouse (British,

Below – “The Crystal Ball”

Remembering an American Man of Letters on the Date of His Death: Died 26 September 1952, George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.

Some quotes from the work of George Santayana:

“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”
“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”
“My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.”
“To be interested in the changing seasons is . . . a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”
“Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.”
“The muffled syllables that Nature speaks
Fill us with deeper longing for her word;
She hides a meaning that the spirit seeks,
She makes a sweeter music than is heard.”
“We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.”
“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”

Art for Autumn – Part V of VI: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)

Below – “In a Garden: Corfu”

Remembering a Fashion Genius on the Date of His Death: Died 26 September 1902, Levi Strauss, a German-American businessman who created the greatest article of clothing in human history.

Art for Autumn – Part VI of VI: Edmund Hodgson Smart (British, 1873-1942)

Below – “Dawn”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 26 September 1888, T. S. Eliot, an English poet, essayist, playwright, literary and social critic, and recipient of the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature.

“Morning at the Window”
By T. S. Eliot

They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,
And along the trampled edges of the street
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids
Sprouting despondently at area gates.

The brown waves of fog toss up to me
Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,
And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts
An aimless smile that hovers in the air
And vanishes along the level of the roofs.

American Art – Jack Wisby (1870-1940)

In the words of one writer, “Jack Wisby was a California artist known for his landscape paintings of Northern California. His detailed painting style reflects his early experience as an engraver.”

Below – “Farm at the base of the hills, Marin”; “A Mountainous Landscape with Cows”; “Marin Hills”; “Coastal Reflections”; “Mt. Tamalpais and Rolling Hills”; “Stream Through the Marin Foothills.”

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