Before this day ends, on which I have been celebrating the birthday and life of the great mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2020), allow me to mention the exceptional drummer, John Henry Bonham This English rock drummer for Led Zeppelin, was born in Redditch, England, and continues to be valued as one of the most influential drummmers… Continue reading Remembering John Bonham
Shirley Verrett — the Intimate Black Callas, is a celebration of the unique Diva who was born ninety years ago today. Join a live conversation with her daughter, Francesca LoMonaco, and her nephew, Shaman Durek, as we share memories of one soul who transcended cultural barriers with her talent. https://www.clubhouse.com/join/opera-blood-and-te/IvadYlYj/myb0L0RO
As part of our evolution, a spice may have been a matter of flavor. Likewise it may have been a matter of health and hygiene. Today, the animal considers one or the other. The animal noble ought to consider both.
One of my sketching books looks like a Bible. I stepped out of church decades ago. But today, as I was handling a couple of books, and was about to put them on top of the sketch book, all my nerves stopped my hand. Suddenly, my eyes saw this structure, and all of me recalled… Continue reading The Bible Weight
It is not the personal thing Not romanticism It is not a falling, at all It is a standing in love with more Seeing, sensing, being drawn more. Love is magnificent Better than god, awaiting sacrifice Better than paradise where roses are roses It is an extended, non-personal life.
I’ve been riding for years. Have yet to see a fence.
That is the moment when peasants break bread with refined thinkers. They are all smiles, all hunger, all growing. An open table, buffet style — feasting that they are. All animals All noble
Livingston Platt’s costume design for the ballet “The Dance in Place Congo” (1918), by Henry F. Gilbert (1868 – 1928) — Met Archives Ever since we have been traveling this globe, our exposure to the exotic or merely to the other (individual, culture, tradition, belief), has left us impressed, influenced, at least touched. Henry F.… Continue reading The Soul is unbound
Love itself is drawing Pulling On a constant state, love is drawing each soul towards nothing else and nothing less than the purest being, and the desire to be. Even when a soul might not surrender to the draw, love is there to persuade a centering into all. Love is not personal. Do not take… Continue reading Love is not a personal thing
It is life and here I am and again, although it does not happen daily, it does happen with some regularity that I get slapped in the face. Wonders appear — miracles, moments of deep and transcendental Beauty. And, like a few minutes ago, life slaps me in the face. Admiration sets in, with acknowledgement… Continue reading Slap in the Face
A wonderful and beautiful friend, named Basma, has just responded to my question as to why I document things I do not know. Those flowers I photographed and posted minutes ago, are known as Japanese rose, seven-sisters rose, many-flowered rose, rambler rose. Botanically it is a Rosa multi-flora. The answer is therefore, I document what… Continue reading Answer