Archive | August 2012

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WANNA BUY A CAR?


I don’t understand the automobile business.  The lots stack up with cars nobody can afford to buy, and they still make more. We witnessed the death of an automobile the other day.  The young man across the street finally said farewell to the old clunker he kept parking on our side of the street.  Sad […]

“I GOT NO TEETH DARLIN'”


Oldtimer, clay sculpture, KSR It’s hard to reconstruct a life through the memory of a fifteen year old girl, but Jean Cornelier deserves more of a history than he got. He came to America as a young race car driver in about 1909, to race against Barney Oldfield, a famous driver who was the first […]

FISH AND CHIPS


We don’t live too far from the ocean.  Growing up I was never more than a block or two from the Pacific ocean or at one time the Thames River in Connecticut where I learned to swim when my father threw me out into the water..  But there’s something about the sound of crashing waves […]

PENTIMENTO


In art, pentimento is the process of old oil paint on canvas as it ages, sometimes becoming transparent.  When that happens it is possible sometimes to see the original lines intended for the painting.   The artist may have had an entirely different idea when he or she began.  A dog may become a child, a building […]

ALL WIGGED OUT


The ancient Egyptians wore wigs to shield their shaved heads from the sun.  I can see that was a good idea; who wants a sunburned head?  Styles have come and gone through the years, and cultures have changed.  People wore wigs for many reasons including religious, costume, cosmetic , convenience or just for fun.  It’s […]

DAYS OF DOGS AND ROSES


Pomo Indian Girl, Oil on Canvas, KSR Dogs have many ways to get your attention .  l. When asleep.  2.When awake.  3.  By shaking, sneezing, or low growls.  4.  Sitting quietly and staring with a sweet and forgiving look on their face.  In other words, dogs are part of the civilized world’s most efficient con […]

BURNED AT THE STAKE


 How many other people have a relative who was burned at the stake?  That is, unless it was a Salem witch of course.  Once while visiting in Oxford, England, I was interested to see the memorial to my ancestor, Bishop Nicholas Ridley,  one of the Oxford Martyrs who was burned at the stake in 1555.  […]