Real Neat Blog Award

real-neat-blog-awardOK, so I was presented with this and I have some mixed emotions on it.  Regardless, Rainefairy is  a sweetheart for sending this to me.  We will leave it at that and proceed forward.

Here are the House Rules:

Put the award logo on your blog:  OK, it’s up above.

Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you:

1.  What made you choose that WP name you are using now?  I’ve had this name ever since my original Yahoo User ID was hacked and taken away from me. There wasn’t much Yahoo would do about it since it was a free account.

2.  How many readers and likers do you think actually read your blog from the first word down to the last period (or question/exclamation mark or ellipsis)?  I have no clue.

3.  When did you write your very first poem, short story, article, or whatever it is you are into?  I was busted in high school writing on one of the boys bathroom walls.  The vice principal gave me a week’s worth of detention plus a new writing assignment to complete each afternoon that I was there.

I picked up photography and cooking as a hobby when I quit smoking for the last time.  It gave me something to do and it kept my hands busy.  No, I have never had any lessons with either.  What I know I picked up from trial and error, asking questions or Googling it.

4.  Who is your favorite male villain?  Darth Vadar.

5.  Who is your favorite Disney character?  Baloo the Bear.

6.  Where in Asia would you want to visit next?  I haven’t visited for the first time yet.  But I think I would want to visit Nepal or Tibet.  I have d would love to see them at that a fascination with the Himalaya Mountains and would love to take pictures of them.

7.  Who is your favorite WP Blogger?  All are my favorite bloggers.

Thank (or curse) the person who nominated you, linking to his/her blog:


Art Sunday #25: Marc Chagall – I and the Village

Chagall_IandTheVillageI and the Village is a 1911 painting by the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall.  It is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The work contains many soft, dreamlike images overlapping one another in a continuous space.  In the foreground, a cap-wearing green-faced man stares at a goat or sheep with the image of a smaller goat being milked on its cheek. In the foreground is a glowing tree held in the man’s dark hand. The background features a collection of houses next to an Orthodox church, and an upside-down female violinist in front of a black-clothed man holding a scythe.  Note that the green-faced man wears a necklace with St. Andrew’s cross, indicating that the man is a Christian. As the title suggests, I and the Village is influenced by memories of the artist’s place of birth and his relationship to it.

The significance of the painting lies in its seamless integration of various elements of Eastern European folktales and culture, both Russian and YiddishIts clearly defined semiotic elements (e.g. The Tree of Life) and daringly whimsical style were at the time considered groundbreaking.  Its frenetic, fanciful style is credited to Chagall’s childhood memories becoming, in the words of scholar H.W. Janson, a “cubist fairy tale reshaped by his imagination, without regard to natural color, size or even the laws of gravity.



IMG_0005-XLOoooooo.  We were walking back and the girls said “Money!”  Sure enough it was a couple notes that the groundskeepers must have ran over when they last cut the grass.  There was nothing left other than what we managed to find and tape back together.  Some bird has an expensive nest.