Thursday, December 24, 2015
From a guidebook by Francesco Valcanover; "In an open scenic illusionism, the shepherds below present their gifts with impassioned and joyous gestures. They are counterpointed by the light and shadow created by the brightness from outside; above, main and secondary figures taking part in the divine event take on attitudes of conscious, almost solemn participation and are dazzled by the light which streams through the cracks between the wooden beams of the humble barn. The two different spiritual moments are underlined also by the different colour quality; without breaking the continuity the lower part is continuously struck by reverberations and reflections and at the same time carefully and realistically evokes the animals in the stall, the brightly-colored peacock, the humble tools; the upper part is calmer and more relaxed although the wide chromatic background painting is strengthened by sudden, flashing rays of light."
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Eighty years ago today the Downtown Athletic Club awarded its first Heisman Trophy to Jay Berwanger as college football’s most outstanding player. He was the star halfback of the University of Chicago Maroons, in the team’s waning years as a Big Ten powerhouse. That alone is a great trivia question.
His Heisman Trophy is on display at the University of Chicago. I clipped a photo of it from the UChicago website; I don’t think they’ll mind.
Speaking of the Heisman, at a school charity auction a few years ago I had the good fortune to win a football signed by 20 Heisman Trophy winners, donated by Johnny Lattner, the 1953 Heisman winner and star at Notre Dame and Fenwick High School in suburban Chicago Oak Park. Lattner's signature is just to the left of the figure of the player.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
|Hitchcock Hall |
(Snell Hall in more traditional Gothic design is adjacent to the right)
Hutchinson Commons was the grandest place on campus to eat a mediocre meal, though when a student it was a bit pricey for me. Always an interesting experience to chow down in the wood-filled, heavy-beamed, high-ceilinged hall, watched over by past university greats whose huge portraits hang on the walls all about you. The building, modeled after Oxford’s Christ Hall Church, is, writes Pridmore, a “classic example of the late-Gothic English Perpendicular.” How about that? Hutch Commons is part of a multi-building complex that includes Mitchell Tower, Mandel Hall auditorium, and the Reynolds Club, a hodgepodge of spaces and offices built as a student center.
|Hutchinson Commons; Portraits Fill the Walls Now|
|Cobb Gate |
(Incorrectly named on the postcard)
Sunday, December 6, 2015
|Desubleo: Saint Nicholas|
Most art work on St Nicholas seems to be in the Orthodox tradition, two-dimensional and unrealistic, but I came across an appealing painting on the subject by the 17th Century Flemish painter Michele Desubleo, who spent his career in Italy: “Saint Nicholas with the three school children and a Carthusian monk.”
|Church of San Nicolò al Lido, Venetian Lagoon|
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Coming days after Muslim terrorists killed 129 people in coordinated attacks in Paris and after the Islamic State has claimed responsibility, Hillary Clinton said this today in New York City in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations (link):
Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism
Frankly I do not understand what Hillary Clinton seeks to gain from such a ridiculous statement that everyone knows is a lie. She certainly knows it is a lie. Perhaps she spits forth such lies, not only because she is an inveterate liar just for the sport of it, because she gets a sense of power, a perverse frisson, in uttering bold lies that everyone around her accepts as a sign of her power. She is the empress with no clothes, but in her version of the morality play even she knows she is naked.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
“Many people are now searching for protection and security in Europe,” said [German] Vice Chancellor Gabriel. “We cannot now let them suffer because they come from the regions from which terror comes to us.” The chancellor [Ms. Merkel] herself didn’t directly address the migration issue in her comments on the Paris attacks. But she promised that Germany would respond to the attack in accordance with its values—including “respect for the other and tolerance.” “Let us respond to the terrorists by living our values in confidence and strengthen these values for all of Europe—now more than ever,” Ms. Merkel said.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Schadenfreude: "Pleasure derived from someone else's misfortune."
Click on the "Automobile Companies and Politics" link below to see all posts on this subject and previous commentary on Obama's confiscation of GM for benefit of the Democrat-controlled unions.
The term "liberal fascism" describes these impulses very well.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The Lost Battalion – A outnumbered group of American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines fights off waves of German soldiers in the closing days of WW1.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Breaking News – Black Lives Matter, Code Pink, and the Communist Party to Host Upcoming Republican Presidential Debates
It’s déjà vu all over again. From the last time around, at this blog:
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|Walloon Lake, from a spot near the Hemingway Cottage|
|From a spot near the Longfield Farm site, |
looking east across Walloon Lake to the Hemingway cottage site
Seemingly before he even was of school age, Hemingway loved to fish in the trout streams of northern Michigan. A favorite spot early on was Horton Creek, which flowed into Horton Bay in the nearby lake now called Lake Charlevoix.
|Horton Creek, looking north from the bridge |
on the Charlevoix-Boyne City Road
|The Horton Bay General Store, with the "high false front," as Hemingway described it in a story;|
the Red Fox Inn building sits to the right in the photo
Hemingway would sometimes sell the trout he caught to Liz Dilworth, who with her husband Jim owed and ran Pinehurst, where for a few years Hemingway often ate and slept. The "resort" property consisted of two small buildings – Pinehurst and Shangri-La – located just south of the Charlevoix – Boyne City Road, about 100 yards up Lake Street from Horton Bay on the north shore of Lake Charlevoix. In 1921, the reception after Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson was held here.
|Pinehurst in Horton Bay; Shangri-La stands to the right out of the photo|
|Horton Bay, from the foot of Lake Street, looking southwest; |
in the distance is the finger of land that juts into Lake Charlevoix to form the bay
Halfway down the gravel road [Lake Street, now paved] from Hortons Bay, the town, to the lake there was a spring. The water came up in a tile sunk beside the road, lipping over the cracked edge of the tile and flowing through the close-growing mint into the swamp. In the dark Nick put his arm down into the spring but he could not hold it there because of the cold. He felt the featherings of the sand spouting up from the spring cones at the bottom against his fingers. Nick thought, I wish I could put all of myself in there. I bet that would fix me. He pulled his arm out and sat down at the edge of the road. It was a hot night."
|The spring in Horton Bay, still there today beside the road|
[Note: Click on the "Hemingway" link below to see related posts; Also, click on any above photo to enlarge it]
Thursday, September 24, 2015
|Downtown Petoskey, Michigan|
|Looking Northwest Across Little Traverse Bay, From Its Southern Shore, |
With Open Lake Michigan to the Left. A Solitary Gull Heads For Shore.
|Downtown Harbor Springs, Michigan|
On a clear and warm sunny day, we cruised this road for some time to take it all in.
|The "Tunnel of Trees" North of Harbor Springs|
Saturday, September 12, 2015
More about this at a later date, but we cruised over to Horton Bay, roughly in the middle of Lake Charlevoix's long northern shore. Horton Bay is Hemingway country. For a few years in his late teens and early twenties, Hemingway spent a lot of time here and used the small hamlet as a setting in a number of his semi-autobiographical Nick Adams stories. Here is a photo from Lake Street, looking across the Charlevoix-Boyne City Road at the General Store (left) and Red Fox Inn, which is now a bookstore and memorabilia shop. Both buildings were in use in Hemingway's time as they still are now. Pinehurst is just behind the camera; it is a modest sized building that in Hemingway's time was a small inn and restaurant, a place where Hemingway often ate and slept.
Finally, we drove to Walloon Village at the foot of the sprawling Walloon Lake, on which the Hemingway cottage sits. We had a nightcap at a busling new lakeside restaurant there, and strolled to the pier to watch the sunset:
Friday, September 11, 2015
Looking south from the beach at Empire, from Empire Bluff on the left across Platte Bay to Betsie Point, which juts out near the western end of the large, inland Crystal Lake:
Turning around on the Beach at Empire, looking northwest through a small flock of gulls on the move to see South Manitou Island and then, to the right, the steep cliffs, some pure sand and some covered with trees and grass, of Sleeping Bear Dunes; the gulls were startled by a hawk circling above:
Then we drove north into the Sleeping Bear Dunes national park and, as we did last year, stopped for a ride along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. We left our car and walked to the not-to-be-missed scenic overlook, which affords a majestic view of Lake Michigan and the dunes. The overlook is about 450 feet above the water. This photo is looking south across Platte Bay, the outcropping at Empire Bluff, and Betsie Point. The water along the shoreline is a turquoise blue:
We then moved on to the historic preservation site of Glen Haven, and old logging harbor on Sleeping Bear Bay just west of the town of Glen Harbor. Finally, we drove to Leland, where we walked around and stopped in the Bluebird for their noted whitefish. Here is a photo of the Lelanau River as it flows over the small dam near its mouth into Lake Michigan; the small, historic Fishtown area lies between the dam and the lake:
Now it's on to points further north.
I think I am on firm ground in saying such a thing has never happened before in human history. Invading masses of men are just walking through Europe headed towards the countries with the most generous welfare benefits and the most enfeebled citizens and the most leaders contemptuous of people of their own ethnicity. Muslims in Western Europe are not well integrated, and many reject integration, and many second generation Muslims, born in Europe, have rushed to the Middle East to join radical movements. Equality for women, acceptance of homosexuality, freedom of religious worship -- these are just some of the Western values not present in the Muslim world. To think that the next few hundred thousand Muslim migrants will integrate any better into Western culture is a pipe dream. But the leftist and ultra-liberal destroyers of Western culture welcome the invasion and urge the West to take in yet more. They have made the enemy of their enemy their friend. This will end very badly.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Here is a view from the west side of Old Mission Peninsula, about 1/3 of the way up, looking southwest over the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay to the land on the far side:
The harbor in Bowers Harbor:
At the northern tip of the peninsula stands the old lighthouse, looking out wistfully to northern Grand Traverse Bay and open Lake Michigan beyond. It rests almost exactly on the 45th parallel, the half-way point between the equator and the North Pole. It is no longer in use but is open to the public as a small museum:
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Starting on Lake Michigan's southern shore, we headed north and made our way onto US Route 31. This year, our first detour was a short meander through Ludington, the eastern shore terminus of the car ferry between Wisconsin and Michigan. The "Spartan" was moored along the quay.
We resumed our northward drive and then made a second detour to cruise around in the lakeside town of Manistee, which sits on the Manistee River just before it flows into Lake Michigan.
Manistee has a small but attractive downtown, stretching a few blocks along the river. It has what appears to be a still-operational movie theater -- the "Vogue."
We continued on and a short way north of Manistee reached the starting point of Michigan's celebrated Route M22. We took it north until we stopped for a nice dinner on the terrace of the Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club clubhouse, a spot overlooking a few holes of a beautiful golf course with a stunning backdrop view of Lake Michigan.
Then it was on to Traverse City, which will be the base of our touring for the next few days.