Thursday, December 17, 2009

we didn't start the fire

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) philosopher, founding 'father' and 3rd US president

I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.
Saint Brigid of Ireland (c. 451 – 525) one of the three patron saints of Ireland

If monarchy is corrupting - and it is - wait till you see what overt empire does to us.

Daniel Ellsberg (b. 1931) economist and anti-war activist

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935)

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) abolitionist and humanitarian

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) novelist and essayist

The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
Robert Smithson (1938-1973) artist best known for his land art

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
Bishop Desmond Tutu (b. 1931) spiritual leader,activist, writer

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.

A Pueblo Indian Prayer

God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) poet & writer

notes on photos:
  1. petroglyphs in chaco canyon; hundreds of years ago chaco canyon was the center of anasazi culture. then the anasazi disappeared, what happened remains a mystery, although as with all mysteries there are plenty of theories. new mexico. december 1987
  2. gallarus oratory, an early christian church, established between the 6th and 9th century. located on the dingle peninsula, county kerry, ireland. may 2001
  3. 1st century aqueduct constructed by the roman empire. added to unesco's world heritage sites in 1985. pont du gard, france. october 2005
  4. statue of tara, mother of all activities, made in tibet (13th century) rubin museum of art, new york. october 2009
  5. larger-than-life bronze replica of harriet tubman, positioned at the intersection of 122nd street, st. nicholas avenue and frederick douglass boulevard in harlem (dedicated november 2008), new york. december 2009
  6. judy chicago's the dinner party, a massive ceremonial banquet, each of the thirty-nine place settings commemorates an important woman from history. the settings consist of embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and china-painted porcelain plates with central motifs based on vulvar and butterfly forms and rendered in styles appropriate to the individual women being honored. the names of another 999 women are inscribed in gold on the white tile floor below the triangular table. brooklyn museum, new york. december 2009
  7. the british museum houses a vast collection of world art and artifacts, numbering more than seven million objects, making them amongst the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. one of the best things about the museum is that it is free and open to all! london. may 2001
  8. christopher columbus landed in hispaniola in december 1492, during the first of his four voyages to america. the arrival of columbus and subsequent conquering spaniards decimated the taínos, the island's indigenous people by introducing infectious diseases to which they had no immunity. santa domingo. november 2003
  9. taos pueblo was probably built between 1000 and 1450 a.d. in 1960 it was designated a national historic landmark and in 1992 became a world heritage site. the most amazing thing about taos pueblo is that is still inhabitated; in 2006, about 150 people lived in there full-time. december 1987
  10. f and I in front of the st. james gate brewery. beer is the world's oldest and most consumed alcoholic beverage. humankind's earliest writings relate to the production and distribution of beer. dublin. may 2001

history buff billy joel's ode to boomer history (circa 1940-1990) we didn't start the fire


Alan Burnett said...

As you will imagine, my particular favourite of the collection is No. 10. So sad that they are closing St James Gate and moving production to some new business park on the outskirts.

Candie Bracci said...

I really love the pictures you chose!Different part of history!Nice one!

Brian Miller said...

great vid choice! i am always astounded by your pics...some really nice ones...and the tubman quote is my fav. happy tt!

tony said...

Brilliant Again! & the Robert Smithson is pure gold.
Cheers from Tony.

willow said...

Love the picture of you with the Guinness! And I especially enjoyed the Saint Brigid quote. Great post, Mouse.

pink dogwood said...

I love this post - your pictures are amazing.

Roy said...

Interesting! An artist who shares the name of the founder of the US's largest museum himself dislikes museums. Now that's a historical irony if there ever was one. Good choice!

I'm with Alan, I like the Guinness shot. It's my #2 preferred beverage after Newcastle Brown Ale.

Kate Hanley said...

These photos really spoke to me probably because I've done a play about Harriett Tubman and my daughter just studied Columbus and Tainos (and I learned some new stuff) and of course, I spent many, many happy days at the Guiness Brewery when I lived in Dublin. Great photos and quotes!

Tracey said...

Lovely. Pictures. Quotes. Brought together so nicely.

Reya Mellicker said...

As always a feast for the eyes and the heart.

LOVE the pic of you with Steve and Gary, too.

Wings said...

Great post! The pics would have been more than enough, but that Joel video is always welcome!

JeffScape said...

Ahh... can never go wrong with images of Roman aqueducts.

Tom said...

Anon was a woman! I believe it; these are some fantastci and telling quotes and pics! Happy TT

Betsy said...

Hmm...that Gyatso quote really caught my eye!

Kris said...

Yet another great series!

e said...

This was awesome! Happy Thursday!

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done........when I took my son to the Taos Pueblo, he ran right over to the water and wanted to play in it. Had to mention why he could not. It was a great experience. We enjoyed it there, over our very short visit to touristy, Taos.


Baino said...

Simply awesome. Both words and pictures. It's a little like my Christmas wish list and a fantastic pictoral history. What on earth is on that plate?

lettuce said...

yes, i think cheerfulness is very underrated

fab. photos as always, and a really thought-provoking set of pics and words

Colette Amelia said...

You continue to leave me in awe! How big is your suitcase? Can I come next time?

Anonymous said...

Hi kimy! Quite a bit of history here and only as you can present it :)

And the Harriet tubman work is rather immpressive! Cheers and hugs!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Did you get to see Judy Chicago's dinner party in person?
And thank you for your kind words, dear Mousie. :)

mangocheeks said...

I found your blog through a fellow blogger and I am inspired and touched. I work in the field of challenging discrimination in the workplace, and sometimes it is so heart breaking. Your pictures have given me a positive rush for the coming year. I especially love the Harriet Tubman quote and image and God has a brown voice, made me smile to myself. Best wishes for the New Year.