Archive for May 2nd, 2011

The Girls

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Gertie, they finally got that evil man.

Thank God!  I wasn’t sure they ever would.

I don’t rejoice in any man’s death, but he really had to be stopped.

Well, I Guess I feel like Mark Twain when he said,   ‎”I have never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”

Yeah, that ’bout sums it up.  I doubt he will rest in peace, but because he’s gone maybe I’ll sleep better.

Don’t forget to say your prayers Gert, for protection and wisdom for our president and the other leaders.

Including Mrs. Clinton?

Yes Gert, don’t forget her.

Spirit Rises: Justice Served

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One Less on Most Wanted List

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How does it make you feel to know that Osama Bin Laden in dead?

Reunited: Ancient Chinese Ink Landscape

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Two pieces of a torn 660 year-old Chinese painting held by Taiwan and mainland China will be reunited for the first time in centuries.

The two parts of the original handscroll, i.e. the Master Wuyong Scroll in the National Palace Museum in Taipei, and the Remaining Mountain in Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, will be put on a joint exhibition for the first time from June to September 2011 in Taipei.

The main portion of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” by revered Chinese landscape painter Huang Gongwang has been stored in Taipei’s Palace Museum since 1949, when the sides separated during a civil war.

The other part of the 20 foot-long painting will be shipped from China for  a 40-day exhibition,  widely seen as a gesture by China’s government in support of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s three year efforts to engage the mainland and reduce political hostilities.

Huang Gongwang began working on the painting around 1347 and took three  years to complete. He gifted it to Master Wuyong in 1350. A century later, the painting was  acquired by the Ming Dynasty painter Shen Zhou.

When sent for inscription, the son of the calligrapher seized the painting which, after a few changes of hands, reemerged on the market at a much higher price. Unable to afford the price, there was nothing Shen Zhou could do except to make a copy of the painting himself. This imitation by Shen Zhou is also well acclaimed and now in the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Shen Zhou gave it to a friend, who searched until he found the original. He bought it at a hefty price and invited Shen Zhou to inscribe on it. Shen Zhou  noted down at the end of the scroll the story of how the painting was lost and found.

Over the following centuries, the painting went to several owners. One,  loved the painting so much that when he went on refuge during the invasion of the Manchu, he left behind all valuables and only brought the painting and a copy of the Thousand Character Classic  by Master Zhiyong. In fact, he was so fond of these two pieces of work that he had them burnt shortly before he died, so that he could bring them to the netherworld.

Fortunately, Wu Hongyu’s nephew rescued the painting, which was however already aflame and torn into two. The first and smaller piece, measuring slightly more than half a meter, was subsequently renamed The Remaining Mountain. After  numerous collectors it finally came to Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou.

The  second and longer piece passed through the hands of several high-level Qing Dynasty officials before landing in the Imperial Palace. Ironically, Emperor Qianlong, who prided himself in his connoisseurship, judged that this new acquirement was a counterfeit and insisted that a piece of imitation he already possessed was authentic. This mistake was only corrected in 1816, during the reign of Emperor Jiaqing. This piece was eventually brought to Taiwan and is now kept in the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Book Club: Hope Anita Smith

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Hope Anita SmithHope Anita Smith is the author of three lovely, compelling, and highly acclaimed books for young readers: MOTHER, THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES, and her most recent, KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH.

In KEEPING THE NIGHT WATCH, “so many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out.

His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he’s not prepared to give that up. But C.J.’s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse.

Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.”

Ms. Smith didn’t want to just tell the story of a father who disappears: “I wanted this story to have a different ending, an ending that proves wrongs can be righted and it’s never too late to say ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California, where she is also a professional storyteller and teaches poetry writing workshops to all ages.


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