Sentient in San Francisco – 10 February 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 10 February 1917 – John William Waterhouse, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter: Part I of III.

Below – “Dolce far Niente”; “Hylas and the Nymphs”; “Cleopatra”; “Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus”; “Consulting the Oracle”; “The Magic Circle.”


Musings in Winter: Goethe

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”


This Date in Art History: Died 10 February 1917 – John William Waterhouse, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter: Part II of III.

Below – “The Lady of Shalott”; “Ophelia”; “Ulysses and the Sirens”; “Wildflowers”; “The Crystal Ball”; “Boreas.”


Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 10 February 1890 – Boris Pasternak, a Russian poet, novelist, literary translator, and recipient of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Boris Pasternak:

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.
I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.”
“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
“About dreams. It is usually taken for granted that you dream of something that has made a particularly strong impression on you during the day, but it seems to me it’s just the contrary. Often it’s something you paid no attention to at the time — a vague thought that you didn´t bother to think out to the end, words spoken without feeling and which passed unnoticed — these are the things that return at night, clothed in flesh and blood, and they become the subjects of dreams, as if to make up for having been ignored during waking hours.”
“They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the ‘blaze of passion’ often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet.”
“And now listen carefully. You in others-this is your soul. This is what you are. This is what your consciousness has breathed and lived on and enjoyed throughout your life-your soul, your immortality, your life in others. And what now? You have always been in others and you will remain in others. And what does it matter to you if later on that is called your memory? This will be you-the you that enters the future and becomes a part of it.”


This Date in Art History: Died 10 February 1917 – John William Waterhouse, an English Pre-Raphaelite painter: Part III of III.

Below – “The Soul of the Rose”; “The Charmer”; “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”; “Penelope and the Suitors”; “The Mermaid”; “Destiny.”

A Poem for Today

“Heaven’s Gate”
by Robert Morgan

In her nineties and afraid
of weather and of falling if
she wandered far outside her door,
my mother took to strolling in
the house. Around and round she’d go,
stalking into corners, backtrack,
then turn and speed down hallway, stop
almost at doorways, skirt a table,
march up to the kitchen sink and
wheel to left, then swing into
the bathroom, almost stumble on
a carpet there. She must have walked
a hundred miles or more among
her furniture and family pics,
mementos of her late husband.
Exercising heart and limb,
outwalking stroke, attack, she strode,
not restless like a lion in zoo,
but with a purpose and a gait,
and kept her eyes on heaven’s gate.

Below – Ruskin Stone: “Old woman in blue dress”

Contemporary Latvian Art – Elina Plume

Below – “Distance Of Thoughts”; “Green Alley”; “Anthem of the Tranquility”; “Warmth II”; “The Corner”; “When You Wake Up (tondo).”


Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death: Died 10 February 1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American writer and author of “Little House on the Prairie.”

Some quotes from the work of Laura Ingalls Wilder:

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness — just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.”
“We who live in quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts and live our own lives in a way that is not possible for those keeping up with the crowd.”
“It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.”
“No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.”
“The stream of passing years is like a river with people being carried along in the current. Some are swept along, protesting, fighting all the way, trying to swim back up the stream, longing for the shores that they have passed, clutching at anything to retard their progress, frightened by the onward rush of the strong current and in danger of being overwhelmed by the waters. Others go with the current freely, trusting themselves to the buoyancy of the water.”
“Home is the nicest word there is.”
“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.”
“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.”
“The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.”
“Life was not intended to be simply a round of work, no matter how interesting and important that work may be. A moment’s pause to watch the glory of a sunrise or a sunset is soul-satisfying, while a bird’s song will set the steps to music all day long.”
“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I’ll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”

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