Beleaguered in Bothell – 27 November 2017

Musings in Autumn: Alain de Botton

“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Jean-Francois Larrieu (French, contemporary)

Below – “New York Fifth Avenue”

Remembering a Great Musician on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 November 1942 – Jimi Hendrix, an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Hal Larsen (American, contemporary)

Below -“Evening Cloud”; Untitled Mountain Landscape

Worth a Thousand Words: The Nar-Phu Valley, Nepal.

Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Mike Larsen (American, contemporary)

Below – “Sings to the Buffalo”

Remembering a Cultural Icon on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 November 1940 – Bruce Lee, an American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher.

Art for Autumn – Part VI of IV: Angelina Lavernia (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Woman with Cat”

Remembering a Pioneer in Children’s Television on the Date of His Birth: Born 27 November 1917 – Buffalo Bob Smith (born Robert Emil Schmidt), the host of the children’s show “Howdy Doody” (1947-1960).

This Date in Art History: Born 27 November 1853 – Frank Dicksee, an English painter and illustrator.

Below – “Harmony”; “Romeo and Juliet”; “End of the Quest”; “Cleopatra”; “Portrait of the Artist’s Niece, Dorothy”; “The Funeral of a Viking.”

A Poem for Today

“The Long Boat”
By Stanley Kunitz

When his boat snapped loose
from its mooring, under
the screaking of the gulls,
he tried at first to wave
to his dear ones on shore,
but in the rolling fog
they had already lost their faces.
Too tired even to choose
between jumping and calling,
somehow he felt absolved and free
of his burdens, those mottoes
stamped on his name-tag:
conscience, ambition, and all
that caring.
He was content to lie down
with the family ghosts
in the slop of his cradle,
buffeted by the storm,
endlessly drifting.
Peace! Peace!
To be rocked by the Infinite!
As if it didn’t matter
which way was home;
as if he didn’t know
he loved the earth so much
he wanted to stay forever.


This Date in Art History: Born 27 November 1859 – William Bliss Baker, an American painter.

Below – “Fallen Monarchs”; “A Pleasant Day at Lake George”; “Autumn Woods and Pasture”; “Woodland Brook”; “River View”; “Quiet Winter Afternoon.”

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