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April 28, 2011

The True Artist Knows How To…

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THE TRUE ARTIST KNOWS HOW TO…

     In a recent movie, a substitute dance teacher, Mike, was confronted with one child in the group, Jill, whose inability to “get it” was ruining the dance recital performance. The regular dance teacher, Beth, shrugged it off, having compassion for Jill, who truly wanted to dance.

     When Beth saw the dance performed at the recital, she leaned over to Mike.

     “You re-choreographed the dance,” she said, becoming more pleased as the performance continued.

     Mike had done so. He had taken Jill out of the mix of dancers and given her an individual part that meshed with the choreography.

     His response to Beth’s comment was a cliché, but appropriate: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” He had taken the weakest link, not only making it the strongest, but making it the center.

     What is creativity? Talent, skill, artistry—how are these concepts defined?

     I still remember an assignment in an art class. Us students were all given an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper. We were told to cut the longest strip we could from this paper.

     Easy, I thought smugly. How long a strip can you cut from the sheet of paper? Why, 11 inches. Which I did.

     However, I was limited in my creative thinking. Other students (more…)

April 6, 2010

A Non-Poet Celebrates National Poetry Month

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A NON-POET CELEBRATES NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

If you have a hoe

You can scrape the snow

     In winter.

If you have a hoe

You can make a hole

     In summer.

     I’m sure when the Academy of American Poets initiated National Poetry Month in 1996, they didn’t picture a non-poet, such as I am, sitting and encouraging a (more…)

January 19, 2010

I’ll Play the Violin ‘Til the Day I die

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I’LL PLAY THE VIOLIN ‘TIL THE DAY I DIE

Jordan T. Smith

     I started playing violin when I was ten years old. I was in fifth grade when I started. I didn’t know how to play—at first it was hard. I wanted to play because (more…)

December 31, 2009

A Blue Moon On New Year’s Eve 2009

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A BLUE MOON ON NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009

    On New Year’s Eve, 2009, an infrequent yet common occurrence is happening—a “blue moon.” Persons living in areas with clear skies can observe the moon’s brilliance. In area like ours, where cloudy skies will probably hide the moon’s brilliance, this brilliance will be obscured.

     Myths surround the blue moon, which isn’t truly “blue.” The term, derived from the middle English word “belew,” meaning “false,” refers the full moon that occurs a second time in a particular month.

     Although each month is supposed to have only one full moon, a second moon in a particular month occurs on average thirty-seven times in a century, or once every 2.7 years—every thirty-three months.  It occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1990.

     And at 12:13 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2009, the last purported year of the first decade of the 21st century, there will be a blue moon.

     One interpretation of the appearance of a second full moon comes from Medieval Christianity, whose members considered its  appearance as the devil taunting humanity. Since these religious folks used the moon to identify the correct date for Easter, the appearance of a second moon in Easter’s month was seen as the devil’s doing: Satan was sending the false moon to confuse them, tricking them in their determination of the real date of Christ’s Resurrection.

     Since the term “blue” can also mean sad, songs such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (written and sung by Bill Monroe in 1946) and “Blue Moon” (recorded by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1933), are melancholy. According to Gregory McNamee, an Encyclopedia Britannica writer, “it is interesting that no positive songs to my knowledge exist about blue moons…”

To continue reading about the blue moon and nature’s other blues, click on BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

SOURCE of some of the above information: Blue moon’s link to rare events, Satan or finding a great love dispelled, written by Mike Cronin and published in the December 31, 2009 in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA).

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BLUE BUTTERFLY and STAR GAZER LILIES

OBITUARY FOR BLUE BUOY (A Blue Lobster)

LOBSTER-TALES

September 21, 2009

85 Ways to tie a tie—and tying other knots

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85 WAYS TO TIE A TIE—and TYING OTHER KNOTS

     Shortly after 18-year-old David came to live with us he asked my husband Monte to show him how to tie a tie. Our German exchange student was preparing to attend a formal dance and couldn’t recall the technique.

   Physicists at Cambridge University presented eighty-five different tie knots requiring three to nine moves. They drew their demonstrations from topology, history (ancient Chinese to the present), fashion, examples from the movies and practicality. Of the thirteen knots that survived their aesthetic constraints on symmetry and balance, they suggest the (more…)

August 18, 2008

BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

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BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

On May 31, 2007, the moon turned full at 9:04 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (6:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, according to The Truth Behind This Month’s Blue Moon, authored by Joe Rao, an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium.

“…(it is) the second of two full Moons for North Americans this month. Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full Moons occur within a calendar month, that the second full Moon is called the “Blue Moon.”… The phrase “Once in a blue Moon” was first noted (more…)

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