these are the timesdirty beloved


La Grande Guerre
Lorraine: Verdun
Simone Clay

Normandy June 1944
U.S. Coast Guard Collection
Naval Historical Center
U.S. National Archives

Oppenheimer, Robert
Klaus Eschen

Descartes's Lover

...skull, pheasant,
pear, wine glass. You're troubled
especially by the red brocade...

Erin Murphy
Verse Daily


Holger Bunk
Transforming home
ram foundation

Joseph Alexandrovich Brodsky
Sergey Parajanov
GULAG: A History
Anne Applebaum

Web Sites of Interest to ICTM(International Council for Traditional Music) Members

Gulag: On the traces of a vanished world
Musée d'ethnographie de la Ville de Genève

Long Echo
Books of Memory

The perpetuation of the memory of the victims is one of the most important, but also one of the most difficult tasks of Memorial. It was around this very idea that Memorial formed in 1988. Quite a bit has been accomplished during the past decade, but much more remains to be done.
Through the extermination and the persecution of millions of people, the Soviet government attempted to conceal its crimes. Who knows exactly how many victims of terror there were? Where were the executed buried? Where were the countless camps and what transpired behind the barbed wire? Even the relatives of the deceased do not know the truth: "10 years without the right to correspondence" – this was the only information given about the fate of the convict under Stalinism, the short formula of his life and death.
How can one find the truth in a world full of lies that obstruct our history? And it is it worth trying? It is, after all, easy to live in a nice and simple world of illusions. The reality of history does not lend comfort, does not lead to success and prosperity, but rather complicates everything. It creates problems of guilt and responsibility, opens old wounds, and awakes shame where only pride should exist.
Yet leaving behind the tragic truth means abandoning one’s own memory. A society without memory will obediently play into the hands of any demagogue; people in such a society are no better than nuts and bolts in the state machine. They are worthless slaves to an inhumane ideology that promises everyone happiness.
However horrible the past may have been, forgetting it would make the future even worse.
The perpetuation of the memory of the victims is one of the most important, but also one of the most difficult tasks of Memorial. It was around this very idea that Memorial formed in 1988. Quite a bit has been accomplished during the past decade, but much more remains to be done.
From the very outset, three areas of work assumed top priority: the establishment of a list of the names of all victims and the publication of these names; the clarification of the places of burial of the deceased, and the establishment of memorial signs on these burial places.

Handmade Items:
Kotschi (Austrian prisoner)
963. Case for spectacles
Karlag (Dolinka)
Levina, Zinaida Semenovna 1904-1991
901. Napkin
Kolyma: camp
Unidentified master
903. Embroidered inset for woman's undergarment
Temniki camp (Potma)
Rogalskaya, Dora Moiseevna
924.The Virgin and Child, embroidered icon
Karlag (Dolinka)

Thus, we find and collect facts.

Corporal J. D. M. Pearson, GC, WAAF

Dame Laura Knight

Daphne Pearson, WAAC (born 26 May 1911), was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal, subsequently exchanged for the George Cross, for her bravery in rescuing the pilot of an aircraft which had crashed at Detling, Kent, in the early hours of 31 May 1940. As she helped the pilot to get clear of the wreckage one of the aircraft's 120lb bombs exploded. She threw herself on top of the pilot to protect him from the blast and shrapnel.
Myths and Heroes
Truth and Propaganda
Imperial War Museum Collections Online
Laura Knight "...was made a Dame in 1929 for her services to art and in 1936 became the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy."

Games on the window-ledges
Raoef Mamedov
Lilja Zakirova Gallery contemporary art from Russia.


Tandem Bicycle Power Generator used for Field Wireless Sections

Caricature and Comedy
Truth and Propaganda
Imperial War Museum Collections Online

Door Gunner
Jim Pollock
Vietnam Combat Art

"Reason is, and ought to be, the slave of the Passions"
David Hume
cited by
Peter Gay in his article, “The Enlightenment” in Horizon Volume XII Nº2 page 43
cited in turn by Sprezzatura, Jul.15.04
and now, again, here.
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Harvard Classics & Shelf of Fiction
Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature Chapter 63
eBooks@Adelaide: Free Web Books, Online
University of Adelaide Library

"Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. "

mimi smartypants has earned four stars for invention, and one-half demerit for mechano-facetious misleading behavior, in a recent posting filled with wry yet winsome observations, such as we have come to depend on her to provide. Acupuncture and other so-called alternative therapies are also touched upon.
The editor of this business, myself, weighed in on the general topic of non-traditional therapies, at Barista, on the Fourth of July.

Ken "Capn Skyp" Babbs has written up his reunion with his helicopter squadron (Viet Nam, early 60's). After 40 years. It is, like most everything else I ever read by his hand, inspirational in its selfless strength and good-natured humor.


He would be buried alive for sometimes up to two days with the vital assistance of a hidden breathing apparatus after audiences would pay 25 cents to witness his burial and then were issued return tickets to see him being "revived" again. Tod's act became one of the top attractions and by 21 years of age he had worked at every carnival and sideshow job imaginable including a time with Ringling Brothers Circus as a clown. Furthermore he appeared in vaudeville with such acts as "Mutt and Jeff" and "The Lizard and the Coon" for the Willard & King Company and then for Chicago's Whallen & Martel Burlesque Company where he appeared as an illusionist, an acrobat, a singer and dancer, and in a blackface routine called "The Whirl of Mirth" with comedian Charlie Murray who later became a favourite of Mack Sennett. The acts took young Tod on tours of Europe, the Far East and Africa.
Tod Browning
at Missing Link

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

untitled (#16)
Lesly Hamilton
Galerie Poller

Innocent Purse
Antonio Roybal

recent photographs
Margi Geerlinks
Ronald Ophius
Robert Gligarov
Cindy Sherman
Female Turbulence

at the scary and dangerous aeroplastics contemporary
not for children or the weak-minded

Paco de Lucia
plays the guitar


Palmer Cox

Picture Collection Online
The New York Public Library
link via the generous Michelle Fierro at Life in The Present

Ninety-eight percent of 2,500 fairy tales studied depict elderly people as blind, as beggars, as village idiots, or as witches. An inexact but comparable proportion of TV shows portray elderly people as despots or as fools. Can you explain the why of that?
In what sort of job is a man most likely to talk to himself? That's what I asked. One client said, Gardening. Another said, House cleaning. My guess, Truck driving. Add this: Centuries ago, when a shoemaker worked alone, he talked more than any. Not to himself, exactly. To his nails. He addressed them by name, and asked them how they were doing today, and so on. It was a tradition of that profession.


Coolie Woman
LAMECA - Portes ouvertes sur la Caraïbe

Flowering Plant Family Access Page
Vascular Plant Families

Botany online
University of Hamburg

Dr. Gerald D. Carr
University of Hawaii


Wall Clock
James Borden
The Beeches Gallery

Square Dance
Hayley Smith
Tony Boase Tribute Project
Hayley Smith at del Mano Gallery
tea pots! at del Mano Gallery

Double Walled Vase with Red Epoxy Interior
Karen Pierce
Andora Gallery

Il maxi telescopio di Hevelius
Machina coelestis
Johann Hoevel
Astronomy explained upon sir Isaac Newton principles
James Ferguson

Machina Mundi
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI)

Ammutaanhan hevosiakin

Attacking Mars
Spirit[']s Front Hazard Avoidance Camera captured the rover's Instrument Deployment Device above as it guided the Microscopic Imager to get a closer look at a rock dubbed Breadbox.


I monti della Luna
Galileo Galilei

Machina Mundi
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI)

And when I was asleep, great distress came up into my heart,
and I was weeping with my eyes in sleep

THERE was a wise man, a great artificer, and the Lord conceived love for him and received him, that he should behold the uppermost dwellings and be an eye-witness of the wise and great and inconceivable and immutable realm of God Almighty, of the very wonderful and glorious and bright and many-eyed station of the Lord's servants, and of the inaccessible throne of the Lord, and of the degrees and manifestations of the incorporeal hosts, and of the ineffable ministration of the multitude of the elements, and of the various apparition and inexpressible singing of the host of Cherubim, and of the boundless light.
the treasure-house of the dew
...and there I saw prisoners hanging, watched, awaiting the great and boundless judgement, and these angels were dark-looking, more than earthly darkness, and incessantly making weeping through all hours...
And in the midst of the trees that of life, in that place whereon the Lord rests, when he goes up into paradise; and this tree is of ineffable goodness and fragrance, and adorned more than every existing thing; and on all sides it is in form gold-looking and vermilion and fire-like and covers all, and it has produce from all fruits.
Its root is in the garden at the earth's end.
And paradise is between corruptibility and incorruptibility.
Woe, woe, how very terrible is this place.
And those men said to me: This place, O Enoch, is prepared for those who dishonour God, who on earth practise sin against nature, which is child-corruption after the sodomitic fashion, magic-making, enchantments and devilish witchcrafts, and who boast of their wicked deeds, stealing, lies, calumnies, envy, rancour, fornication, murder, and who, accursed, steal the souls of men, who, seeing the poor take away their goods and themselves wax rich, injuring them for other men's goods; who being able to satisfy the empty, made the hungering to die; being able to clothe, stripped the naked; and who knew not their creator, and bowed down to soulless (sc. lifeless) Gods, who cannot see nor hear, vain gods, who also built hewn images and bow down to unclean handiwork, for all these is prepared this place amongst these, for eternal inheritance.
And I measured their goings and compared their light, and saw
that the sun's light is greater than the moon's.

Thus the sun revolves and goes, and rises under the heaven, and its course goes under the earth with the light of its rays incessantly...
In the midst of the heavens I saw armed soldiers, serving the Lord, with tympana and organs, with incessant voice, with sweet voice, with sweet and incessant voice and various singing, which it is impossible to describe, and which astonishes every mind, so wonderful and marvellous is the singing of those angels, and I was delighted listening to it...
'Bring out the books from my store-houses and a reed of quick-writing,
and give it to Enoch, and deliver to him the choice and comforting books out of thy hand.'

When all creation visible and invisible, as the Lord created it, shall end, then every man goes to the great judgement, and then all time shall perish, and the years, and thenceforward there will be neither months nor days nor hours, they will be stuck together and will not be counted.
There will be one aeon, and all the righteous who shall escape the Lord's great judgement, shall be collected in the great aeon, for the righteous the great aeon will begin, and they will live eternally, and then too there will be amongst them neither labour, nor sickness, nor humiliation, nor anxiety, nor need, nor violence, nor night, nor darkness, but. great light.
And they shall have a great indestructible wall, and a paradise bright and incorruptible, for all corruptible things shall pass away, and there will be eternal life.

Hear, Enoch, and take in these my words, for not to My angels have I told my secret, and I have not told them their rise, nor my endless realm, nor have they understood my creating, which I tell thee to-day.
For before all things were visible, I alone used to go about in the invisible things, like the sun from east to west, and from west to east.
THAT the sun go along the seven heavenly circles, which are the, appointment of one hundred and eighty-two thrones, that it go down on a short day, and again one hundred and eighty-two, that it go down on a big day, and he has two thrones on which he rests, revolving hither and thither above the thrones of the months, from the seventeenth day of the month Tsivan it goes down to the month Thevan, from the seventeenth of Thevan it goes up.
And thus it goes close to the earth, then the earth is and makes grow its fruit, and when it goes away, then the earth is sad, and trees and all fruits have no florescence...

The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
The Apocrypha
The Internet Sacred Text Archive


La bugia
Sandro Chia
La Transavanguardia Italiana
Fundación Proa

Gallowglass(defunct precursor tributary of Crooked Timber)
on the right to reply

Life is here, in some respects, improved beyond the condition of some other Islands. In Sky what is wanted can only be bought, as the arrival of some wandering pedlar may afford an opportunity; but in Col there is a standing shop, and in Mull there are two. A shop in the Islands, as in other places of little frequentation, is a repository of every thing requisite for common use. Mr. Boswell's journal was filled, and he bought some paper in Col. To a man that ranges the streets of London, where he is tempted to contrive wants, for the pleasure of supplying them, a shop affords no image worthy of attention; but in an Island, it turns the balance of existence between good and evil. To live in perpetual want of little things, is a state not indeed of torture, but of constant vexation. I have in Sky had some difficulty to find ink for a letter; and if a woman breaks her needle, the work is at a stop.
A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
Samuel Johnson

Project Gutenberg

Journey To The West
Chinese archetypal folk-tale, Ming Dynasty, also known as Monkey
Wu Cheng'en
in pictures and some text

Here's an interesting exchange, about Richard Ford's volatility, Colson Whitehead's maturity(or lack of), and the opacity of the English language in the hands of dolts. The originating article illustrates far more than its author supposed it would, and could be used as evidence in defense of Fox News, if they were ever accused of having lowered the intellectual tone of their community.
The blog post itself speaks volumes.

Del Montte
100 yrs. suffice

Minerva Cuevas
Biennale of Sydney 2004

East 100th Street
Bruce Davidson

89389 artists in 202363 shows in 9556 galleries in 940 cities in 93 countries

American express
Minerva Cuevas



Barend van Herpe

Selecteer Kunstenaars
Amazingly detailed artist search engine, intuitive and quick
i.e. Manet

"He cannot be cheated or fooled. If you left the room, he could be you."
Stella Adler on Marlon Brando

Stephanie Schnieder 's Instant Dreams

Stefanie Schneider
Marjukka Vainio

l'Usine Galerie

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