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Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

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Historical happenings

12/13/1814 ~ General Andrew Jackson announces martial law in New Orleans, Louisiana, as British troops disembark at Lake Borne, 40 miles east of the city. The Battle of New Orleans

12/13/1951 ~ After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers.

12/13/1972 ~ Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon.

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For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Ponder this

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

As difficult as this may seem to believe, every painting made by all artists from some tyke in kindergarten to the great masters is painted from memory. Yes from memory, for the artist looks at his subject, then to the canvas and makes a mark from what he or she remembers they saw from looking at the subject. They may go back to refresh their memory of what they saw and then look back at the canvas and apply more paint of change the brush stroke.
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Historical happenings

12/12/1901 ~ Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John’s Newfoundland.

12/12/1930 ~ The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.

12/12/2000 ~ The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal challenges to the results of that year’s presidential election.

Historical happenings

12/11/1882 ~ A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.

12/11/1930 ~ As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United States closes its doors.

12/11/1972 ~ Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface. This is the last time that men visit the moon.

Ponder this

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

~ Vincent Van Gogh