Ponder this

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

12/14/1819 ~ Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.

12/14/1909 ~ The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a “declaration of war” on U.S. Steel.

12/14/1980 ~ NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the détente between the East and the West.

Ponder this

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

~ 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.

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.