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Monday, November 28, 2011

First Impressions

"Impression, Soleil Levant" or, "Impression: Sunrise" (1872). This painting is responsible for the birth of the term, "Impressionist." It was included in the first exhibition held by the Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers in 1874. Monet was a founding member of this society, which had originated from the express desire to end the artistic stranglehold of the Salon. A critic...M. Louis Leroy wrote a now famous article in Le Charivari in which he used the term "Impressionist" based on the title of this painting. Despite the fact that Leroy had used the word derisively, the group decided to adopt it and painters such as Renoir and Degas were happy to be called Impressionists. Impressionist art is concerned with capturing on canvas the light and color of a fleeting moment, usually with brilliant colors painted in small strokes, side by side, rather than blended together. Ironically, "Impression: Soleil Levant" is not typical of Monet's work...His aim was not to create an accurate landscape, but to record the impressions formed while looking at that landscape. (Pages 74-75) (SOURCE: "Essential Monet," by Vanessa Potts, Copyright 1999, Dempsey Parr: PARRAGON; Bath, England.)


"Mission Life Entities" can be found pursuing any and every occupation. They fulfill their purpose through their innate generosity, openness, empathy, and most of all, their willingness to actively elevate the spiritual well-being of humanity without making annoying pests of themselves. It's not an especially enviable challenge, and it's certainly not for everyone. For one thing, Mission Life Entities have to work their way up through the ranks, doing the reincarnation version of everything from {bagging groceries and picking up garbage in the parking lot to cleaning toilets; and typing, filing and office correspondence; to teaching kids and adults of all ages in every subject} {sic} that in the long run, there's no level of life on earth that they can't relate to. For another thing, because they are such advanced spirits, they tend to write very difficult charts for themselves and choose extremely demanding themes and option lines...The parth to achieving their purpose isn't just as full of obstacles as everyone else's, it's typically even more so. Understandably, a whole lot of people aren't interested in signing of for the sacrifices, turmoil, and disappointment the M.L.E. faces in exchange for occasional profound satisfaction...We all honor God best by devoting our finest talents and passions to him, since He bestowed us with those talents and passions...And by making this world a more positive spiritual place, that is exactly what M.L.E.'s do -- nothing more, nothing less. (pp. 162-163). (ASIDE: Indeed, I used to think of myself as a Missionary, while going from temp assignment to temp assignment, for well, you know, the past 20 years!). OF THE 44 LIFE THEMES (pages 229-243). (1) Aesthetic Pursuits. Those with an aesthetic theme have a drive to create some form of artistic beauty, whether in music, dance, theater, literature, painting, sculpture, or architecture. This theme can result in great privilege that will become a burden when the secondary theme is in any way self-destructive. (2) Cause Fighter. They'll leap into the fray of any social issue that inspires them and occasionally, they will create a social issue themselves if they can't find one to champion. When they don't keep themselves and their egos in check, they've been known to compete for and attract more attention (to themselves) than the causes they set out to fight for. -- Wanna hear more? SOURCE: "Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of The Afterlife," by Sylvia Browne, New American Library, PENGUIN PUTNAM, INC. New York, NY. Copyright 2000. Pick up your copy today at the BOOK BARN, 41 Main Street, Niantic, CT. For more info, go to: Open 9am to 9pm daily.

Hold on Loosely!

"And one of the company said unto Him, Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me. And He said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And He said unto them, Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And He spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Holy Bible, King James Version, Copyright 1978 by National Publishing Company. Luke 12:13-21.) VOCAB (Once a teacher; always a teacher!!!...* * * :) (1) maniple: n [ML manipulus, fr. L handful, fr. manus hand + - pulus (akin to L plere to fill); fr. it's having been originally held in the hand -- more at MANUAL, FULL] 2 [l, manipulus, fr. manipulus handful; fr. the custom of using a handful of hay on the end of a pole as a military standard): a subdivision of the Roman legion consisting of either 120 or 60 men. (2) manipulate: vt. - lated, - lating. [back-formation fr. manipulation fr. F. , fr. manipule handful, fr. L manipulus.] 1: to treat or operate with the hands or by mechanical means -- esp. in a skillful manner. 2a: to manage or utilize skillfully b: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means esp. to one's own advantage 3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose: DOCTOR syn see HANDLE -- ...manipulative. (adj.). (3) familial: adj. [F, fr., L familia] 1: of, relating to, or characteristic of a family. 2: tending to occur in more members of a family than expected by chance alone (a familial disorder). FOR MORE INFO, GO TO: IN TOUCH with Dr. Charles Stanley, Atlanta, GA. Free Download of Highlights from message of Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011: "Holding Too Tightly."