I was reading the egg-cyclopedia for an un-egg-spected egg-sam when an egg-cellent and egg-stravagant thing happened. An egg-splosion of egg-normous proportions occurred so I used it as an egg-scuse to egg-splore. I was preparing for an egg-sotic eggs-hibition on the egg-loo while performing an egg-speriment on the egg-spansion of egg-sercise. I wanted to egg-spand my egg-straordinary and egg-stensive egg-splanation when I thought of an egg-sample. Nothing is too egg-streme of an egg-splanation. Remember it’s important to egg-ercise your brain and go to egg-stensive lengths to egg-spress yourself in egg-stremely egg-citing ways. Always be egg-sact and egg-spand on egg-samples so people get egg-cited about your topic. That way they will be sad when you egg-sit and think you’re an egg-spert on everything. Being egg-spressive with your egg-splanation is egg-istential to being an egg-sperienced person. It’s egg-silarating. There will be an egg-samination later so pay egg-stra attention. If you egg-sist for an egg-ceptional eggs-change you will feel egg-uberant and will therefore egg-sist for a purpose.
I’ve always loved Vermeer‘s painting Girl With the Pearl Earring. I happened to catch a portion of an interesting segment on NPR this morning about the painting and I want to share it. The painting, sometimes called the “Mona Lisa of the North”, is being showcased at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from January 26 to June 2, 2013. Mystery has always shrouded the painting. Art lovers have speculated for years wondering the origin of the girl and any specific details surrounding the painting. Since little is known about Vermeer and his muse for the painting, art lovers and critics alike have concocted their own version of the story.
The Guardian, a newspaper based in the UK, asked its readers to write in with there favorite story of who the girl is in the painting. They have posted the top 25 stories on their website. It’s worth taking a look. Meanwhile I think I’ll check out the movie and maybe re-read the book by Tracy Chevalier. While I’m doing that, I wanted to ask – “What’s your story on the painting. What do you believe the story is about Vermeer and The Girl With the Pearl Earring?”
I love this painting – Marc Chagall‘s Waiting. The painting is owned by the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. Several years ago my friend and I were admiring the painting and she indicated this was one of her favorites. I have to admit at that time I didn’t have a favorite Chagall and I had never read anything about his work. My great friend moved away and I miss having her and her observations on art. I remembered some of the painting, but couldn’t recall the title so I emailed her and she found it! I don’t know why, but her finding the painting and knowing the title made a big difference to me. I think it makes me feel like my friend is closer – not all the way in Texas. Here’s to Candyce!
For some reason my mind works in strange and mysterious ways and after she emailed me the title of the painting the song The Waiting by Tom Petty came to mind and would not leave. I have this type of thing happen all the time. I will be thinking about something without even knowing it and will realize a song lodged in my head and sure enough the song has something to do with some current circumstance I’m going through.
Right now I think I am in a season of waiting. Waiting and wondering what it is I’m supposed to do.
Let’s listen to Tom Petty for a spell. Okay – that’s better.
Now for some history on Marc Chagall and this beautifully, unusual painting:
As many of you may know, Chagall used many symbols in his paintings. Many of his works have roosters which symbolized fertility; as many of his paintings were about or pertaining to lovers. Marc Chagall was a Russian painter whose work stretched many different mediums. Chagall created works in nearly every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Here is a list of symbols and their supposed meanings. Take what you want from this, but it’s kind of fun to look at his paintings with the symbol meanings close at hand.
- Cow: life par excellence – milk, meat, leather, horn, power.
- Tree: another symbol of life.
- Rooster: fertility, often painted together with lovers.
- Bosom: fertility of life – Chagall had great respect for Women and it is shown in his art.
- Fiddler: In Chagall’s village Vitebsk the fiddler made music at major events such as weddings and holidays.
- Herring – a flying fish: Commemorates Chagall’s father who worked in a fish factory.
- Pendulum Clock: time, and modest life.
- Candlestick: two candles symbolize the Shabbat and the life of devout Jews.
- Windows: Chagall’s Love of Freedom.
- Houses of Vitebsk: Feelings for his homeland as most of these paintings were done during his years in Paris.
- Scenes of the Circus: Creativity and Joy.
- Horses: Freedom.
- The Eiffel Tower: Up in the sky, another symbolic metaphor for freedom.
Candyce is still in Texas, but thanks to Chagall’s Waiting, we have been brought a little closer. It’s true what Tom Petty says in his song, “the waiting is the hardest part.” We will once again stroll through an art museum together, but for now we will have to be patient and use the technology at our fingertips. We can share art online perhaps and, of course, wait.
Until next time. Be patient and please wait.
I have more clips and links of Johnny Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Here’s Johnny with Limp Bizkit doing Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. This is really great! Check it out!
John hanging out at Norman’s Rare Guitars in Buffalo, NY -
Johnny shows up at a Taylor Swift concert at Madison Square Garden to play none other than Iris -
Check out my past Johnny Rzeznik posts here and here.
And, as always, check out the Goo Goo Dolls website for the latest information and their blog. Happy New Year!
Here are a few things I learned in 2012. There, is, of course, more, but I don’t want to bore you:
- Control Top pantyhose sucked when I was 20 and they suck now.
- Christmas is not as fun as an adult.
- Some levels in Angry Birds are unattainable.
- You can get stuck in a Spanx. (in a fitting room it is very scary)
- Tim Tebow is under-appreciated.
- Having two, male Boston terriers is a bad idea.
- It’s not a good idea to do anything after taking an Ambien. (some of the toys your children received for Christmas can be fun to play with after you take it, but try not to)
- Guns and Roses rock! No question.
- You never know someone’s circumstances. Consider that in 2013 when you see misbehaved children or someone tailgating. Be easy on yourself and others.
- No matter how “cookie cutter” people seem they are all different and all have problems – even if they seem or look like they don’t.
Happy New Year!
Foreshadowing of later pool scene?
Feeling a little misunderstood today so I thought I’d post some Marilyn pics. I never tire of these.
Marilyn Late 1940s
Marilyn in Korea
Marilyn visiting Marines in Korea
Christmas lights – why did I think I needed so many?
extension cords – why can’t I use them and hide the cords effectively?
clueless people – why can’t I tolerate them?
holiday when people with no taste choose to decorate – ditto
holiday inflatables – ditto
pocket knife – what I’d like to do to the inflatables
rose-colored glasses – what everyone’s wearing this season
glass half full – filled to the rim!
men – need I say more?
As I lay awake
With my head on the pillow
I recount the day and think
about people I know and
have known. I think about
my many blessings and
how time seals the gap
how it heals the hole
in your middle.
Feeling helpless is a result
of loving so much – the fear
of losing so much.
Pray instead. Fall asleep in His arms.
As I said in a prior post, thoughts have been swirling around me and the people appear to be acrobats dangling by a thread. Maybe it’s just me getting older and worrying more about things, but every day brings a new challenge and something else to pray about. I don’t think there’s been a night this week I haven’t gone to bed “in God‘s arms.” Falling asleep praying is something I used to feel guilty about, but have since realized we are just tucked safely in His arms. I wish I could tuck each and every person I’ve heard about over the past several weeks safely in God’s arms, but it is not to be. Prayer will have to do.
It seems as though terrible tragedies like the storm on the East coast and other people near and far I have encountered seem to be living with serious health problems. I wish I could reach out to each and every person and give just an ounce of encouragement. I must sit back, as we all do, and leave it to God. It’s difficult to send your children to school in a world of such uncertainty. Nothing is certain though is it?