27 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“There be three gentle and goodlie things,
To be here,
To be together,
And to think well of one another.”


Art for Autumn – Part I of V: Anatoly Belkin (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Vision”

Remembering a Native American on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 October 1913 – Joseph Medicine Crow, war chief and historian of the Crow Nation. In the words of one writer, “He was the last surviving war chief of the Crow Nation, and was the last living Plains Indian war chief.”

A quote from Joseph Medicine Crow:

“I was never a smart man to begin with, but I love to learn. This is the way to get somewhere in life.”

Below – Joseph Medicine Crow with President Barack Obama in 2009.

Art for Autumn – Part II of V: Rosemarie Beck (American, 1923-2003)

Below – Untitled (tapestry)

Worth a Thousand Words: Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Art for Autumn – Part III of V: Emile Bellet (French, contemporary)

Below – “Dans Le Vent”; “Instant Bleu II”; “Le Long Du Quai”

Musings in Autumn: Terry Pratchett

“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.”


Art for Autumn – Part IV of V: Gary Benfield (British, contemporary)

Below – “Tame Lions”


A Poem for Today

“In Response to a Rumor That the Oldest Whorehouse in Wheeling, West Virginia, Has Been Condemned”
By James Wright

I will grieve alone,
As I strolled alone, years ago, down along
The Ohio shore.
I hid in the hobo jungle weeds
Upstream from the sewer main,
Pondering, gazing.

I saw, down river,
At Twenty-third and Water Streets
By the vinegar works,
The doors open in early evening.
Swinging their purses, the women
Poured down the long street to the river
And into the river.

I do not know how it was
They could drown every evening.
What time near dawn did they climb up the other shore,
Drying their wings?

For the river at Wheeling, West Virginia,
Has only two shores:
The one in hell, the other
In Bridgeport, Ohio.

And nobody would commit suicide, only
To find beyond death
Bridgeport, Ohio.

Below – Bridgeport, Ohio.

Art for Autumn – Part V of V: Elton Bennett (American, 1910-1974)

Below – “The Ferns”

Musings in Autumn: Jack Kerouac

“Maybe that’s what life is…a wink of the eye and winking stars.”


This Date in Art History: Born 27 October 1923 – Roy Lichtenstein, an American pop artist.

Below – “Drowning Girl”; “Whaam!”; “Bedroom at Arles”; “Woman with Flowered Hat”; “Sweet Dreams, Baby!”; “M-Maybe.”

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