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you're really making me think a lot today, jack :)

next subject, water.

I took these shots at a lake by my mothers house last week.

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Id rather be let down that lied to.  we need water to live but in the meantime the lies are killing me inside.

water under the bridge
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The position of the empty window in the child's portrait. Do we really start with an empty slate?

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Colombian street artist Stinkfish starts his artistic process by either seeking out discarded photos or secretly taking photographs of people he’s never met. He then transforms these portraits into large graffiti murals and completes each artwork with psychedelic patterns and splashes of color. These colorful designs add a spiritual, emotional element to his works, inspiring empathy in those who see his paintings by revealing the thoughts, emotions and souls of the paintings’ subjects.
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A brief history of Persian Miniature

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It is difficult to trace the origins of the art of Persian miniature, as it reached its peak mainly during the Mongol and Timurid periods (13th - 16th Century). Mongolian rulers of Iran instilled the cult of Chinese painting and brought with them a great number of Chinese artisans. Paper itself, reached Persia from China in 753 AD. Hence, the Chinese influence is very strong.

The most important function of miniature was illustration. It gave a visual image to the literary plot, making it more enjoyable, and easier to understand. Miniature developed into a marriage of artistic and poetic languages and obtained a deep and sincere accordance with poetry.

A small painting of chess players decorates a manuscript that was created in Persia

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Several features about Persian miniatures stand out. The first is the size and level of detail; many of these paintings are quite small, but they feature rich, complex scenes which can occupy a viewer for hours.

Majnun his beloved Layla
Camp scene from late in the classic period, with no frame. Majnun (at top wearing orange) spies on his beloved Layla (standing in tent doorway)
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Battleground of Timur and Egyptian King
 Persian painting of the period frequently uses an arrangement of geometric architectural elements as the structural or compositional context in which the figures are arranged
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Why should New Orleans be singled out as the sole birthplace of Jazz?  The black Creole subculture. 

The Creoles were free, French and Spanish speaking Blacks, originally from the West Indies, who lived first under Spanish then French rule in the Louisiana Territory. They became Americans as a result of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and Louisiana statehood in 1812. The Creoles rose to the highest levels of New Orleans society during the 19th cey. They lived in the French section of the city east of Canal Street and became prominent in the economic and cultural life of the section. 

The Creole musicians, many of whom were Conservatory trained in Paris, played at the Opera House and in chamber ensembles. Some led the best society bands in New Orleans. They prided themselves on their formal knowledge of European music, precise technique and soft delicate tone and had all of the social and cultural values that characterize the upper class. Sight reading and correct performance were characteristic of Creole bands. 

Jelly Roll Morton, (Ferdinand deMenth), claimed to be the inventor of Jazz in 1902. An absurd claim, even more absurd is that there is ample evidence that... his claim is true!

(There is no proof to the contrary)

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Celtic fighters and their fringe (Glybbes)

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I recently spotted what appeared to be remarkably modern looking haircuts in Albrecht Druer’s woodcut of 1521 AD. This image shows a group of Irish soldiers[ii], most likely mercenaries, who were fighting on the European continent during the early 1520s. I soon discovered that, far from being unusual, this distinctive hairstyle was actually very popular amongst the native Irish during the 16th century.

Referred to as a ‘glib’ this style involved the hair at the back and side of the head being trimmed short,  while at the front and top it was allowed to grow long, resulting in a large fringe, which fell down over the face.

In 1517 Laurent Vital described this distinctive Irish hair style thus: ‘[i]for they (Irish men) were shorn and shaved one palm above the ears, so that only the tops of their heads were covered with hair. But on the forehead they leave about a palm of hair to grow down to their eyebrows like a tuft of hair which one leaves hanging on horses between the two eyes’[iii].[/i]

Seen as a particularly Irish haircut it was despised by the  English establishment and attempts were made to outlaw it in 1537[iv] and again in the 1570s[v]. However, it remained persistently popular and appears to have been worn as badge of honour amongst Irish kerns (soldiers).
In c. 1596 the famous English poet, Edmund Spenser, deplored this [i]‘thick curled bush of hair, hanging down over their (the Irish) eyes’ and compared it to a thief’s mask[vi]. He also rather fancifully stated that the Irish believed that this heavy fringe of hair could deflect the strike of a sword, ‘going to battle without armour on their bodies or heads, but trusting to the thickness of their Glybbes, the which (they say) will sometimes bear off a good stroke’[vii]. This last assertion, however, has probably more to do with Spenser’s own anti-Irish prejudices, rather than any genuine belief held by the Gaelic Irish.[/i]

Quote:By the middle of the 16th century the croiméal seems to have fallen out of favour and attention turned to the ‘turrfid head’ mentioned in 1537. This was the ‘glib’, or ‘glibs’, a name variously applied to a shaggy fringe worn hanging over the forehead, or to both that fringe and accompanying shoulder-length locks. It tends to be assumed that glibs were teased in some way like modern dreadlocks, and there are indications that the Irish used lime and other substances on their hair.  Edmund Spenser spoke of the Irish “goinge to battaile without armor on their bodies or heads, but trusting onelie to the thickness of their glybbes, the which they say will somytimes beare of a good stroke”. However, others like William Camden and Thomas Gainsford merely noted that Irish hairstyles were long and curled.
Quote:disguised like savages, or like Irishmen, with the hair hanging down to the girdle like women
The length of Irishmen’s hair might attract charges of both savagery and effeminacy: at a tournament held at Whitehall in 1584, many of the combatants’ servants processed to the lists “disguised like savages, or like Irishmen, with the hair hanging down to the girdle like women”.  Spenser objected most strongly to the anonymity that glibs and Irish mantles conferred on their wearers. Camden added that the Irish highly valued their glibs and take it hainously if one twitch or pull them”, while Campion suggested that it was “considered a notable piece of villainie” if any man cut another’s glib. No wonder Ralph Rokeby, on campaign in Connacht in 1570, triumphantly recorded that “Such [Irish] As doo come in to us, we cause to cutt ther glybbez, which we doo thynke the ffyrst token of obedience”.

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16th century woodcut proves Irish were the original hipsters,

Today's reverse mullet is a dead ringer for the glib hairstyle!

This striking hipster resemblance was first pointed out by archaeologist Colm Moriarty, who runs the excellent blog Irish Archaeology.

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My father is really a fisherman

We still don’t understand the sea,

he says, its kindness or its anger.
The 'little boat' of sorrow
is upside down on his shoulders,
as black as clotted blood,
the ocean boiling
with salt tears
that would burn the eye of the sun.
The funeral-wave parts
and he buries his brother
in the hole
he dug up with the moon
the night before. When he walks
back from the grave,
the brightness of the sea
and the loneliness of the world
grapple in my father’s green eyes.
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Dogs. I love all dogs but ever since my teen years I have gotten selective about what kind of dog I choose as a furry companion.
Large breed. Black. Male. I will take in any other kind to foster but for my personal pets,I prefer that combination.
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My father bred German Shepherds when I was a child and he taught me to care for and train them.It was good for me because being disabled,I was pretty lonely and had few friends but no one ever messed with me when I had one of those big boys with me. Yeah3 
To this day, German Shepherds remain my favorite breed but a full blooded one is very expensive. My bucket list includes one of these big guys.
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When I got Loki, a friend gave me a copy of 'Cesar's Way' by Cesar Milan. I used to watch the Dog Whisperer every chance I got and reading that book, I felt my father with me. They both have a similar style. Whenever I have an issue with Loki, I go back to an old episode that deals with the problem,or his blog. I have yet to run into anything I can't handle

I'd love to have a pack of my own but with the room and finances we have,I am content with Loki and our (adopted) Mr.Kitty. Jupiter belonged to my grand daughter and when she could no longer keep him,I broke my no cat lady rule.
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For Mr. Kitty's cat lady, (should you have any issues).

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Meet Jackson Galaxy, a musician by night and a cat behaviorist by day. He's helping cats -- and their owners -- work through behavior issues that are taking a toll on their relationships.

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Owls , Destiny and  


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