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Medieval bible illustration

 An interesting look at medieval Bible illustration,  from CNN. Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world’s most widely distributed book

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/arts/medieval-bible-art/index.html

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Return from the Mist

Although most people quote the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” I find time also flies when I am stressed, depressed, or busy with not-fun stuff. Last year about this same time, I posted plans for changes to this blog.  Then life slid into an ocean of fog and mist, and I realized with a frisson, that it had been a year, when Eli, of Coach Daddy, asked me to contribute to one of his six-word story posts.

Sure, I have excuses, many of them viable–surgery in January, work craziness in the summer, but nothing is really persuasive. I stopped blogging because I felt I had nothing of interest to say. However, I now know that I write to think about things, and perhaps I am not the only person struggling with the same things.

I do not plan to be political, although I have no problem being contentious. I tend to be more concerned with life, the humanities, and a life well-lived, with strong opinions for which I feel no need to apologize. Feel free to come along for the ride.

EM

First Friday Photo

First Friday Photo Blog Hop

On the way to Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain
On the way to Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain

 

My father grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, although he lived the last sixty years of his life in Atlanta, Georgia.  He often talked about the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and the Adirondacks in eastern New York.  I must have inherited his love of mountains, because even the glimpse of mountains from campus makes me smile. I have assiduously visited all the places he mentioned having seen or wanting to see in this area, and delighted in describing the trips to him.

Want to join, or see the entries, in the First Friday Photo Blog Hop, which is the brainchild of Eden Mabee?  Click here!

 

EM

First Friday Photo

First Friday Photo Blog Hop

 

Persian Buttercup by Jan Dobbs
Persian Buttercup by Jan Dobbs

This post for First Friday Photo is quite late, but I wanted to post even so.  Eden Mabee’s brainchild blog hop of photographs is here, so please feel free to join in, or at least visit everyone’s link to see their photograph.

I had a rough week, so I don’t have an outside photo to share, but I am very proud of my entry this week.  Jan Dobbs, a dear friend of mine who lives in Bristol, UK, painted this gorgeous Rananculus, as my mother would have named it. I went back and forth about having it sent across the pond, but well, it was so nice and in my favorite colors, and . . .

Finally, I decided that I deserved to have a real painting, having left graduate school and its shabby chic behind.  It is displayed in a corner of the dining room where I see it often. Now you can enjoy it as well.  Her website is here, so you can enjoy more of her work.

EM

 

First Friday Photo

First Friday Photo Blog Hop

After a far, far too long hiatus, I’m coming back to this blog.  My offering today is part of Eden Mabee’s brain child, the First Friday Photo. I was returning from New York City on the train on a winter evening.  The tracks run along the Hudson River for the majority of the trip, offering stunning views of the Catskills and rolling countryside.  We were in lower altitude environs when the sun set.

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Consider participating in First Friday Photo, as it is not complicated and promises to be fun. The rules are here.  At the least, visit the participants here.

 

Protest SOPA/PIPA

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell protests the Stop Online Piracy Act

Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking you to help stop this dangerous legislation from being passed.