Smooth Jazz Sunday Evening #158: Dancing Fantasy – Dancing On A Summer Night with You


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No Luck of the Irish Last Night


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5 Reasons Why Winning the Lotto Would Be Bad For Me

1. I’d have to give up my job and all of the stress and abject drama that goes with it.  It would make Jim a dull kid.  Then again, I could stay at my job and act like an a**hole until they fired me.  That kinda karma would be kinda cool.

2. I’d only have to buy more expensive bottles of wine that my daughter would only borrow never to be seen again.  But I could also afford those cool looking drink umbrellas that I could put in a glass of wine to give all ya’ll that appearance that I had class and style.

3. I’d just do something silly like build a water slide in in my house.  Wait!  I’d need a bigger house for it to go in.

4. I wouldn’t have a reason to ever buy a lotto ticket ever again.

5. I’d end up buying stupid things like a gold plated can opener or a noodle straightener or leg extensions to make me taller or contact lenses that make my eyes purple or pay someone to brush my teeth for me.

Art Sunday #166: Mildred Anne Butler – Mediatation


Mark Adams

Mildred Anne Butler RA RWS (11 January 1858 – 11 October 1941) was an Irish artist, who worked in watercolour and oil of landscape, genre and animal subjects. Butler was born and spent most of her life in Kilmurry, Thomastown, County Kilkenny and was associated with the Newlyn School of painters.

Mildred Anne’s en plein air style is dominated by the theme of nature and reflects scenes of domesticity around the family home in Kilmurry. She achieved distinction in her lifetime and exhibited in major galleries in Ireland and England. Among her patrons were Queen Mary of Teck and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse.

She became a member of the Royal Academy in 1893. In 1896, Butler’s Morning Bath was exhibited at the Royal Academy.  It was the first work by a female artist to be purchased by the trustees of the Chantrey Bequest and was then presented to the Tate.[b] She became an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1896 and was granted full membership in 1937.

She was one of the first academicians elected by the Ulster Academy of Arts in 1930. She virtually stopped painting by the 1930s due to arthritis and died in 1941, aged 83. Around four hundred pieces of her work were sold as part of the artist’s studio sale in 1980. She is celebrated in an postage stamp by An Post.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildred_Anne_Butler