October Art: “You and I”

Posted by ractrose on October 31, 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.   Cat Face  

Adventures in Research: The Scientific Method

Posted by ractrose on October 18, 2014 in Essays

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

Cats Gone By: Guilty Parties

Posted by ractrose on October 9, 2014 in Essays

Cats Gone By: Guilty Parties     My one-time cat-friends. I was looking though an old photo album for art subjects.  These pics are from the ’90’s.  My gang of white cats (I once had five) are all gone now, most having lived to nineteen. Lorenzo, the Maine Coon, used to sleep wrapped around the […]

Elucidate: go without fear (psalm twenty-seven)

Posted by ractrose on October 6, 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 October 5, 2014 in Essays

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 dollars in the […]

Master of Lunacy: Adventures in Research

Posted by ractrose on October 4, 2014 in Essays

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Master of Lunacy     From the Taunton Courier and Western Advisor of 5 July, 1882: “Alleged Insanity of a Somerset Gentleman” The gentleman on examination was a man of property. His wife had petitioned the Commission of Lunacy to declare him “of unsound mind”, allowing her to protect […]

Adventures in Research: Tear Gas and Salesmanship

Posted by ractrose on October 4, 2014 in Essays

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 with strikes, had incursions by bootleggers—miners illegally harvesting coal to sell, generating an income they would otherwise have lacked in the midst of […]

Adventures in Research: G. Frisbie Hoar Tells It

Posted by ractrose on October 3, 2014 in Essays

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research G. Frisbie Hoar Tells It     I recently read a NYT obit of George Frisbie Hoar, political veteran of fifty-plus years, Massachusetts Senator, anti-imperialist, who died in 1904.  I was curious to learn something about Mr. Hoar, because he may be a distant and peripheral family connection. I […]