Monday, July 25, 2011
OASIS: The Second Year (2nd Half: Winter-Spring 2011) (1) Manisses Nativity Scene, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24, OILS OF BLOCK ISLAND. SCENES OF MINI GOLF COURSE (in Acrylic Folk Art): (2) "Goldstar Bridge No. 5" (3) "Schoolhouse No. 4" (4) "Moby Dick No. 13" (5) "Lighthouse No. 9" (6) "Covered Bridge No. 15," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas (7) "Birthday Irises," Pastel on paper (8) "Pachelbel Pine...with Robin Feather Study" (BACKYARD SCENES / OF MINI GOLF COURSE (Prismacolor Pencil & Watercolor) (9) "The Familiar" (BACKYARD SCENES) Watercolor and Colored Pencil. (10) Wildflower Sketches: "Crocuses" - colored pencil (11) Wildflower Sketches: "Daffodils" - colored pencil UP NEXT: "Echinacea Purpurea: Stages of Development" (pastel on paper). UP AFTER THAT: "Rugosa Roses." COMING SOON TO MAAP! "Manisses Nativity Scene" ..."The Familiar" and "Pachelbel Pine...with Robin Feather Study." As well: "Crocuses!" FOR MORE INFO, GO TO: http://sites.google.com/site/makingartaffordabletothepublic/ August? September? October? 2011.
The F.B.I., now available on DVD at http://www.warnerarchive.com featured fictionalized versions of actual F.B.I. cases and starred Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as dapper inspector Lewis Erskine. As the F.B.I. honcho wrote in a TV Guide Magazine article published shortly after his May 1972 death, he demanded casting approval before signing off on the Quinn-Martin produced series. Coincidentally, Warner Bros. was negotiating with the Bureau in D.C. to do The F.B.I. and when Zimbalist's name was suggested, he got the role. Hoover, who had approval over the show's scripts and sponsors, assigned Felt, then head of the F.B.I.'s Inspection Division, to act as the F.B.I.'s liaison and technical advisor to the show. In his autobiography, A G-Man's Life, the late Felt wrote that Hoover's ideal real-life agent was 'tall, slim and rock-jawed', like Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. The F.B.I. became a top ten show. Segments at the end of each episode showed Zimbalist asking viewers' assistance in tracking down the worst of the F.B.I.'s Most Wanted List. -- the F.B.I., 1965-74, ABC. (SOURCE: T.V. Guide Magazine, "Flashback," by Kimberly Potts, July 2011.) "Yes. I remember the show. Vaguely." -- D.H. (Born in 1962)
Not until the 2nd century BC did the Hebrews form a belief system in life after death. They saw man as a physiological being who, upon dying, was but a "shade," which descended into a deep pit called Sheol. Their belief system was very similar to Greek mythology. Somehow, a belief in resurrection and judgement of the dead became part of the Hebrew mythos. These beliefs have been adopted by Christianity. (SOURCE: "The Afterlife: An Investigation into the Mysteries of Life After Death," by Jenny Randles & Peter Hough, Copyright 1993, The Berkeley Publishing Group, New York, NY.
Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters...Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much does money does his father make?"...If you were to say to the grown-ups: "I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof," they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them, "I saw a house that cost $20,000." then they would exclaim: "Oh, what a pretty house that is!"...They are like that. One must not hold it against them. Children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people...For I do not want anyone to read my book carelessly. I have suffered much grief in writing down these memories. Six years have already passed since my friend went away from me, with his sheep. If I try to describe him here, it is to make sure that I shall not forget him. To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures... FROM: "The Little Prince," Written and Drawn by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and translated from the French by Katherine Woods. (pp. 17-18) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, San Diego, New York, London. Copyright 1943.
UP NEXT (Well, I have to eat lunch! Out back. By the rams...and goats...and chickens.) JUDAISM. Still UP NEXT: HINDUISM. I spent a lot of time on this one, as their belief system appears to be the one I favor. UP NEXT: AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES. Also highly favored by me. But please...you make your own decisions. "All are Welcome Here." We may yet have time for....The American Dream, the FBI, and...OASIS! Finally, credits are due on my prize-winning fiction from the past, THE SECRET OF CHERRYGROVE MANOR. For more info, go to: http://NovelNewYorkCity1987.blogspot.com
Back from the Hereafter, once again! Which beliefs do you value the most? Pick a culture! Make it your own. GREECE. The afterlife is the "underworld," ruled by Persephone and Pluto; powerful but sinister gods. "This is the way decreed for mortals when they die. The sinews cease to hold the flesh and bones together; for they are destroyed by the power of the blazing fire, as soon as the life leaves the white bones, and the shade hovers about, then flits away." The "fire" was a reference to cremation of the body. "Life" was thymos - the animalistic self, destroyed with the body, and the "shade" or psyche refers to the very essence of self which descends into Hades. "Elysium," a place at the end of the Earth, on the banks of the fabled river, Oceanus, is where the righteous went after death, "a land of perfect happiness and perpetual Spring." In time, the beliefs of the ancient Greeks were assimilated and refined by the Romans.
Dionysius: the Greek god of wine. "Denise," French translation of dionysius and...
Bacchus: Roman for wine god (dess). And the place where I was born!
SOURCE: The Afterlife, An Investigation into the Mysteries of Life After Death, by Jenny Randles & Peter Hough, Copyright 1993, The Berkeley Publishing Group, New York, NY. For more interesting reading on this subject, be sure to visit the Book Barn on Main Street in downtown Niantic. May I dedicate this post to Frank the Cat, who lives on in spirit at the Book Barn!
That little ditty I wrote, WISH THAT SHE WAS ME? Inspired by a tune on "Music Choice," (For more info, go to: http://www.musicchoice.com/,) -- "Mo' Better Blues" by Irvin Mayfield from "A Love Letter to New Orleans," I was finally able to write my own song to this soulful jazz tune. What is my angle? Relationships, this thing that seems to elude me, of late. Relationships: Past, Present and Future. First of all, it seems that women constantly compare themselves to other women. But...if you "stepped outside that lens, my friend," you see that while you wish you could be she; she wishes she could be just like you. The first stanza is inspired by a would-be friendship; a friendship which I started to cultivate at the end of last summer; but as summer drew to a close, I knew that I would have to hibernate for the winter in order to focus on my indoor art studio, OASIS once again...rather than to seek friendships at this time and in order to avoid "oversharing" in a public hangout, where others would not have my best interests. Circumstances beyond our control often take our lives in much different directions than we had planned. Regardless of the nature of things and the fact we seemed to have a lot in common, although there's a vast age difference, I want to wish my would-be friend from last summer LUCK! I'm always envious when I see others who have the opportunity to migrate to the South! THINK SUNSHINE and Best Wishes, my friend! * * * The next stanza describes a "relationship" from my past, as told from his point of view! The third stanza reflects my maternal feelings and tendencies, although I've never had kids of my own. (This was cause for my deep depression during the early part of the 2000 decade.) The third stanza describes my feelings toward my niece, Julia, who was born on my birthday, and also my young would-be friend of last summer! The fourth stanza reflects my attitudes and ideas about one of God's loveliest gifts of all: FRIENDSHIP. Looking back on the past, I wonder why we couldn't have truly been friends in that "relationship" of the 2000 Decade, or with the young woman of a vast age difference. The "Fifth" describes a future relationship! The Sixth Stanza describes, of course, my niece Julia who God always brings to me when the time is just right! The Seventh Stanza is my impassioned plea, as always, for....The Truth! The Eighth, and final Stanza is....a mixed medley of thoughts collected from each of the Stanzas, or rather, my views and the views "expressed" by others on....RELATIONSHIPS! For more info, go to my earlier post of July 5, 2011: WISH THAT SHE WAS ME!