Beleaguered in Bothell – 31 December 2017

Musings on New Year’s Eve: Ogden Nash

“Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!”


Art for New Year’s Eve – Part I of VI: Childe Hassam:

Below – “New Year’s Nocturne”


Remembering an Influential Thinker on the Date of His Death: Died 31 December 1980 – Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor, philosopher, public intellectual, and expert in medial theory.

Some quotes from the work of Marshall McLuhan:

“All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the message. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments. All media are extensions of some human faculty – psychic or physical.”
“World War III is a guerrilla information war with no division between military and civilian participation.”
“An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.”
“Attention spans get very weak at the speed of light, and that goes along with a very weak identity.”
“Affluence creates poverty.”
“Computers can do better than ever what needn’t be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.”
“We go forward looking in the rearview mirror.”
“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Part II of VI: Katherine Nolin

Below – “New Year’s Eve in New York”

Musings on New Year’s Eve: P.J. O’Rourke

“The proper behaviour all through the holiday season is to be drunk. The drunkenness culminates on New Years’ Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.”

Below – Edvard Munch: “The Kiss”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Part III of VI: A. Snegirev

Below – “A New Year’s Eve Night”

Your Information: 31 December is National Champagne Day in the United States.


Musings on New Year’s Eve: Brad Paisley

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

This Date in Art History: Born 31 December 1869 – Henri Matisse, a French painter and sculptor.

Below – “Sleep” (wood); “The Moroccans”; “Interior with Goldfish Bowl”; “Three Sisters and the Rose Marble Table”; “Reclining Nude” (bronze); “Self-Portrait.”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Part IV of VI: Willie Gillis

Below – “New Year’s Eve”


Worth a Thousand Words: Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Art for New Year’s Eve – Part V of VI: Helen Bradley

Below – “It Was Midnight on New Year’s Eve”

A Poem for New Year’s Eve

“The Year”
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.


Art for New Year’s Eve – Part VI of VI: Utagawa Hiroshige

Below – “Fox Fire on New Year’s Eve at Garment Nettle Tree at Oji”

Musings on New Year’s Eve: Craig Lounsbrough

“We’re not dictated by the calendar, nor does the calendar sweep the obstructions from our lives when the second hand reaches midnight in the wee and fleeting hours of December. We can choose to move toward something new at any time.”

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