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A Symphony of Stillness

The first time I saw a painting by Vilhelm Hammershoi, I was mesmerized by the stillness of the work. Born in Copenhagen on May 15, 1864, Hammershoi is the master of stillness and light. To many he is the master of loneliness – I find his almost monotone minimalist rooms soothing and hypnotic – I … Continue reading “A Symphony of Stillness”

What are they looking at?

our backs tell stories’ no books have the spine to carry Rupi Kaur There is something so peaceful about looking out windows – watching the world go by, yearning for the outdoors, day dreaming, pausing momentarily in the middle of a chore, appreciating the beauty of trees or the vibrancy of life on the busy … Continue reading “What are they looking at?”

Looking Out

Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of stay-in orders due to the rising cases of coronavirus across the country. It reminded me of the time earlier this year, when Italians with stay-in orders spent their evenings on the balconies – socially distant yet connected with their neighbors – singing songs together and trying … Continue reading “Looking Out”

So much to be thankful for

A lot of different flowers make a bouquet (Muslim proverb) Enough is a feast. Buddhist proverb Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good (Maya Angelou). Piglet noticed that even though he had a very … Continue reading “So much to be thankful for”


In 1957, almost 300 years after Diego Velazquez painted Las Meninas (1656), Picasso painted and sketched 44 interpretations of the masterpiece. Between August 16 and December 30, 1957 Picasso explored every aspect of the painting creating versions of the painting as well as almost daily sketches of the different characters in Las Meninas. While Velazquez’s … Continue reading “Velazquez..Picasso..Hamilton”

11 November 1620

After sailing for eight weeks across the Atlantic, the Mayflower reached Plymouth Harbor. …but at night the winde being contrary, we put round againe for the Bay of Cape Cod, and vpon the 11. of Nouember, we came to an anchor in the Bay, which is a good harbour and a pleafant Bay, circled round, … Continue reading “11 November 1620”

Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

The breaking waves dashed high On a stern and rock-bound coast, And the woods against a stormy sky Their giant branches tossed; And the heavy night hung dark, The hills and waters o’er, When a band of exiles moored their bark On the wild New England shore. Not as the conqueror comes, They, the true-hearted … Continue reading “Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers”


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