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thanks to Fiendish Is The Word , I know that Laetitia Casta wears Nuxe "Rêve de Miel" Lip Balm
which is information that will not likely find immediate and direct application in the monastic frenzy that is my life both night and day, but it does provide the framework for this opportunity to link to both of them, and that's important to me.


The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities. Hence, every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several states is today null and void, precisely as is every one against Negroes.

Susan B. Anthony
Speech After Being Convicted Of Voting In The 1872 Presidential Election
at Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches From Around The World

A horse was stolen from my father last spring. He knows who stole the horse, and he knows the white man who has the horse now. He asked the agent to help him get it back. The agent was as powerless as he was, and told me that the best way to do would be for my father to steal it back. Two Crows, one of the most intelligent men I ever knew whether white or red, and who has been the lifetime friend of our family, has had stolen from him during the last three years, fourteen working horses. He said that as fast as he could collect money enough together to buy new ones to work his farm with they were stolen from him. (Why don't the Indian become civilized when he has such a safe inclosure [sic] provided for him?) I once said to him and several others when they woke up and found several of their horses gone, "Why don't you pursue them, fight them, and get your horses back? That is the way the white people do." He said: "Because we have made a treaty of peace with the United States, and if we did that they would construe it into a declaration of war, and treat us accordingly. Because they do wrong is no reason why we should." The Sioux tribe, the wildest and most war-like of the Indians, have had above a thousand horses stolen from them the past year. When they, instead of going to war, had recourse to the courts, they were refused the protection of the law. When General Crook stood by and saw the white men selling the ponies which they had stolen from the Indians he could do nothing to stop it, although he tried. As to our lives being protected, a white man can kill an Indian any time and they are powerless to redress the wrong. If they retaliate and kill a white man in revenge for the deed, the troops are sent and war made on the tribe.

Bright Eyes 1881

Women Writers Resource Project
Beck Center
Emory University

Okay. Where does it come from, then?

No one knows for sure, of course, but Philip Hiscock, a folklorist at Memorial University in Newfoundland, argues that the rhyme likely originated as a way of skirting Protestant bans on dancing:

"Adolescents found a way around the dancing ban with what was called in the United States the 'play-party.' Play-parties consisted of ring games which differed from square dances only in their name and their lack of musical accompaniment. They were hugely popular, and younger children got into the act, too. Some modern nursery games, particularly those which involve rings of children, derive from these play-party games. 'Little Sally Saucer' (or 'Sally Waters') is one of them, and 'Ring Around the Rosie' seems to be another. The rings referred to in the rhymes are literally the rings formed by the playing children."

Ian Munro "Ring around the Rosie" Mini-FAQ
link thru wordorigins


Arnold Genthe
Chinatown S.F.

"Paul Saffo writes: This is easily the most astounding and moving documentary I have ever seen. Five teams of photographers spent three years shooting worldwide to create an otherworldy film that follows migrating birds from the tropics to the arctic and back. Using a variety of platforms from helicopters and balloons to ultralights and radio-controlled drones, they show the whole thing from the bird's perspective. It is one of those films that will utterly change how you think about our planet."
Winged Migration
Directed by Jacque Perrin
Showtimes in theaters available on Amazon

Kevin Kelly's (CQ, WER, WIRED, Long Bets, Asia Grace)


Manzanar jug band

Red Cross children

OAC-Japanese American National Museum-Iwata (Jack Masaki) Collection

"Dramatic Meeting -- As the returned Japs chatted gayly at Union Station, a group of Marines (who had seen action in the Pacific theater) filed past. Above photo was taken as veterans of the Second Marine Divison left their trains at the station. Notice Marine in center who turns to stare at the Nips."--caption on photograph

hi-res photo
OAC Japanese American Relocation photograph collection

{return from Manzanar, return from Guadalcanal. the image is a setup really, 13 soldiers against two well-dressed women and a child. there is innocence visible, and it isn't evenly distributed, but there is no moral valence, no vanishing point of truth, everyone's clean and travelling through this bright clean place, away from the unspeakable, having survived.}

Yodo no Kimi seated in smoke
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi woodcut
Japanese Prints
Grunwald Center, UCLA Hammer Museum
digital images at The Online Archive of California
an initiative of the California Digital Library


Cimetière des Bouddhas


Trésors d'Art du Monde

Fondation Jacques-Edouard Berger

A mysterious, mysterious table because of anonymous, mysterious painter also as for its major direction.
One can date it from the years 1560-1565, around Fontainebleau. It is certainly a portrait of the lady of the years 1560, the lady of the court of Henri II, probably, Diane of Poitiers.
Diane, for the ones it is the charm made woman, it is softness, kindness, languor which characterize the woman; for others, it is the domination made woman, of almost male qualities, an influence on the beings that it côtoie. Patron and businesswoman, adored and hated, respected and adulated, it was also terribly feared.

Here thus Diane, MUSE of the painters of his time. Its portraits innovate in France the myth of the Eros of the cold beauty .

Two other versions of this table are in Worcester and Dijon . all present the same composition, the same woman with the same very round face at the same time and whose features have this something of pointed, the same hardly buckled chest, the same decoration with a maidservant leaning on a trunk.

Google trans of berger foundation page on Diane de Poitiers
link meander from a book review in the Guardian UK


a search for the work of Joseph Stieler
led to his Portrait of Katharina Bozzaris
daughter of Marco Bozzaris, hero of Greece
immortalized in a poem by Fitz-Green Halleck
Halleck was the first American poet to be immortalized in bronze in Central Park
a distant relative of Halleck's has written a book about him called American Byron
Halleck's longest poem was called Fanny, and in his role as America's most distinguished poet, he commented on the valorous Fanny Wright, though the homonymity seems unconnected
he loved the poet Joseph Rodman Drake virtually from their first meeting to his own death, one of his best-known works being an elegy for Drake
he wrote the last stanza of Drake's The American Flag
on which the anonymous but eminently refined scholar at
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature at the absolutely essential has this to say:

Halleck is said to have written the last four lines of Drake’s American Flag, a lyric full of the old-fashioned expansive and defiant Americanism, and, with its flare of imagery and blare of sound, still sure to stir the blood of any one but a professional critic. And it was on Drake, dead at twenty-five, that Halleck wrote what is the tenderest, the manliest little elegy of personal loss in American literature, beginning with the familiar lines:

Green be the turf above thee,
Friend of my better days!
None knew thee but to love thee,
Nor named thee but to praise.

the same source, and possibly the same pen, has this on Halleck:
Thus these early minor men left us some things worth keeping; but, nevertheless, taken all in all, they emphasize for us today, as they never could for their contemporaries, the relative greatness of Bryant.
geometry has some good Halleck and Drake resources
William Bryk has a detailed, concise, and wittily terse bio of Halleck at NYPress
Gregory Woods has an acerbic paragraph on Halleck at the London Review of Books
{done out of a sense of responsibility to the great crowd of bludgeoned hearts that is American poetry, and for its utility, as a weapon in the ongoing war between truth and asinine hypocrisy. Halleck's was the first statue of an American poet, 50,000 attended and the President spoke at its unveiling in Central Park. he was as gay as a three-dollar bill. yet at the same time, his relation to political 'gays' is like George Washington's to contemporary 'patriots'. it's the convoluted intricacy that appeals to me, the human condition in all its conundra.}

Little Stint
at Bird Prints by Keulemans and Thorburn
at Richard Nicholson of Chester Antique Prints
many wonders herein, inc.:
Horse Drawn Vehicles

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