October Art: “You and I”

Posted by ractrose on 31 Oct 2014 in Art

    You and I Stephanie Foster Oil on canvas, 25 inches x 30                       A modernist design, inspired by the 1930’s, with shapes that take on a semblance of life and activity, and suggest the plains of an art deco penthouse.       […]

Adventures in Research: The Scientific Method

Posted by ractrose on 18 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research The Scientific Method           Ordinarily, I don’t editorialize when I post an “Adventures in Research” subject. The stories speak for themselves. However, I’ll introduce this item with my own “Ball of Fire” anecdote. (Not the “Shower of Sparks” story, that’s another thing.) Some years back, I […]

Cats Gone By: Guilty Parties

Posted by ractrose on 9 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

Cats Gone By: Guilty Parties Lorenzo   Seymour   Bucky and Louis   Bucky at Eighteen     Bucky cat was eighteen in this picture. This spot by the register is a favorite with all the elderly kitties. They push up against the metal, and nod off.         I was looking though […]

Elucidate: go without fear (psalm twenty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on 6 Oct 2014 in Art, Poems

    Elucidate   You elucidate, I comprehend; I awake to your Destruction of my sin This illusion of the mortal vehemently dispelled Your ardor crosses the celestial sun The mistaken falter, are cast down Blood and gold Reaching, holding still You have contemplated me I have obtained grace End this time of trouble Finish, […]

Adventures in Research: Theft and Trousers

Posted by ractrose on 5 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Theft and Trousers           A nicely choreographed scene, from the NYT November 6, 1894: “The Burglar Stole His Trousers”   In Bayonne, New Jersey, a burglar entered a Mr. Darvel’s home, forcing him at revolver point to give up his trousers. The trousers had fifty […]

Adventures in Research: Master in Lunacy

Posted by ractrose on 4 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Master in Lunacy             One of the excellent job titles from the days when it mattered whether you were an imbecile or an idiot.   From the Taunton Courier and Western Advisor of 5 July, 1882: “Alleged Insanity of a Somerset Gentleman” The gentleman […]

Adventures in Research: Tear Gas and Salesmanship

Posted by ractrose on 4 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Tear Gas and Salesmanship           From the NYT of September 25, 1936. “Tear Gas War on Bootleg Miners.” During this period the coal mines in Pennsylvania, racked by strikes, were infiltrated by bootleggers, miners illegally harvesting coal to sell, generating an income they would otherwise have lacked […]

Adventures in Research: G. Frisbie Hoar Tells It

Posted by ractrose on 3 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research G. Frisbie Hoar Tells It               Thomas Nast 1865. (Wikipedia)   In my studies, I came across a NYT obit of George Frisbie Hoar, political veteran of fifty-plus years, Massachusetts Senator, anti-imperialist (1826-1904). I was curious to learn something about Mr. Hoar, because […]