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A River Runs Through It

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and it’s not the same man. Heraclitus. I was born upon thy bank, river My blood flows in thy stream, And thou meanderest forever At the bottom of my dream.’ Henry David Thoreau Life is like a river, sometimes it … Continue reading “A River Runs Through It”

Clare de Lune

Your soul is a select landscape Where charming masqueraders and  bergamaskers go Playing the lute and dancing and almost Sad beneath their fantastic disguises. All sing in a minor key Of victorious love and the opportune life, They do not seem to believe in their happiness And their song mingles with the moonlight, With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful, … Continue reading “Clare de Lune”

Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and lemons,” say the bells of St. Clement’s, “You owe me five farthings,” say the bells of St. Martin “When will you pay me?” say the bells of Old Bailey, “When I grow rich,” say the bells of Shoreditch. “When will that be? say the bells of Stephney, “I do not know,” say the … Continue reading “Oranges and Lemons”


The other day this occurred to me – why is the world’s tallest mountain, part of the South Asian Himalayan mountain range, bordered by Nepal and Tibet – called Everest? It all started with British India and a survey by the British in the 1800s of the entire land mass of the subcontinent. At that … Continue reading “Chomolungma”

16 September 1620

16 September 1620: Weighed anchor. Wind E.N.E., a fine gale. Laid course W.S.W. for northern coasts of Virginia. 400 years ago, on this day, after seeing multiple delays and making unplanned stops at various ports to repair Speedwell, the Mayflower sailed out of Plymouth alone into the Atlantic, and into the pages of history books. … Continue reading “16 September 1620”

The Fauvist and the Fish

Fauvist paintings were first exhibited in 1905 in the Salon D’Automne, in direct response to the official Salon that took place in Paris every spring. The major Fauve artists were Matisse, Vlaminck, Derain, and Rouault. The name Fauve – wild beast – was first used for their work by art critic Louis Vauxcelles, who said … Continue reading “The Fauvist and the Fish”

6 September 1620

The Mayflower was destined to make the voyage across the Atlantic alone. After repairing Speedwell in Dartmouth, both ships had set sail on 2 September 1620. However, within a day of sailing Speedwell developed leaks again and both ships turned around and returned to England – this time to Plymouth Harbor where they anchored on … Continue reading “6 September 1620”

Postcards from Venice

The most amazing thing about these stunningly beautiful paintings is that they were purchased as souvenirs by the well-heeled travelers of the 18th century. And the second most amazing thing is that these scenes of Venetian canals were made by Canaletto – was there ever a more befitting name!! Canaletto (meaning little Canal of Canal … Continue reading “Postcards from Venice”


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