Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflection


I reflect on my past and what I have created.
As I move forward, I bring with me the best of what was,
and I create the best from what is.
Thoughtfully, prayerfully and purposefully,
I am ready for a new beginning. 



See, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare.
~Isaiah 42:9

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Love Is Born Anew Today


Good Tidings!

"The angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of joy,
which shall be to all people."
~Luke 2:10 (KJV)


Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another Day in Paradise

 Especially during the Christmas season,
I am recognizing all the blessings all around--
my friends and family, home-cooked food, gifts under the tree and gifts of Nature.
And the gifts of Spirit, of love, wisdom and peace
are awaiting my embrace of them every moment of every day.
Centered in this awareness,
I am complete and I am open to prosperity that materializes as abundant blessings of every kind. 



Always. May Peace and Love be with you.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joy to the World

Many years ago
counting down the days
to Christmas
in Times Square


I am blessed.
I bless others through my art
and my art blesses me.
Miracles are taking place
in my life everyday;
I look at my life and acknowledge
the blessing that are there 
for me right now.

And you?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Where's The Line To See Jesus

I heard this song on the radio
a few days ago;
with Christmas one week away
from today
I am sharing it with you:


You can read more about the singer Becky Kelley

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Vintage Christmas Decorations

Susan found them online.
We bought, well, she bought
a boxful, 30 or so
from
 
 

I like this one alot.
All, I might add, made in the USA.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Box of Vintage Christmas Decorations


A box arrived in yesterday's mail.
A box filled with Vintage Christmas Decorations.
Here is one:


Monday, December 12, 2011

The Quintessential #JingleTweet



Twas twelve days before Christmas
When all through the office of the AUDIOCOMGROUP
The movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
Played on a continuous loop.
The #JingleTweet gifts were all wrapped with care
In hopes that the guests would soon be there.
Stacey Bewkes was certainly not nestled in bed
While visions of so many friends danced in her head.
And Susan McCarthy in her Unique Vintage Red Satin Dress,
And I in my dark Ralph Lauren suit, green Izod shirt, and colorful Contess Mara Tie;
When at the bar there arose such a clatter,
Susan and I walked over together to see what was the matter;
Away to the bar we flew like a flash--
Two Cabs I said and the bartender answered "Please, no cash."
The movie on the surface of the newly painted wall
Gave the lustre of lovely light  to all,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
What looked like an angel; my she was dear
With curly blond hair and a beautiful smile, an author
I knew in a moment she must be Dec-a-Porter.
More rapid than lovers' heart beats they came
And we smiled and hugged and called them by name:
To the beautiful bar to drink, to the buffet table to eat;
Now Tweet! Now Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
As artists these all before this #JingleTweet
There was no design challenge they could not meet.
And again to the food and wine they flew
With a roomful of gifts and St. Stacey, too.
And then, in a twinkle, I closed my eyes to rest
And clearly I heard the voices of the wondrous guests.
As I opened my eyes and turned around
Stacey Bewkes and Ridgely Brode appeared without making a sound.
They were the quintessence of style and beauty, from head to toe,
They, too, were like angels, all glorious aglow.
A pile of gifts these two angels had to give out
When they pulled a card from an urn and came out a shout;
"A gift from Bruce Barone,  this December
For one lucky person, a gift to remember."
Their eyes, how twinkled, their dimples how merry
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like cherries.
They intensely focused on each gift they gave this night
With her glasses pulled down on her nose
Stacey conferred with her party partner, Ridgely, and from #Jingletweet arose
Cheers and laughter so sweet
Making new friends here was such a treat;
But I knew I would awake in the morning light
Sorry I did not meet 
All at this #JingleTweet
A quintessential #JingleTweet
We left by ten
If you want to know more more, read this poem again.

~~~

Many Thanks to Quintessenceblog and RidgelysRadar!

~~~

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

An Angel Watches Over Me



Angels are like good friends;
you do not have to see them
to know that they are there.





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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Sardinian Donkey



Paramus, New Jersey



"The Sardinian Donkey, as a species, is the forefather of the popular American Miniature Mediterranean  donkey.  It is from its early imports into North America that these much loved pets mostly descend from.

"However, the Sardinian Donkey  faces a dim future as it is a species recognised as in “Critically Endangered” by the Monitoring Institute for Rare Breeds and Seeds in Europe, the SAVE foundation and FAO’s WORLD WATCH LIST for domestic animal diversity.  Despite the urgency of its status the specimen numbers of this rare breed are still dwindling.

"The Sardinian Donkey makes a truly marvellous companion for children and adults alike.  It just requires love and adequate care.  In return you will get a truly loyal friend, much joy, happiness and wonderfully comic moments.

"The Jesuit Priest Francesto Cetti in 1774 wrote the most passionate and accurate description of the Sardinian Donkey and we owe him much of what we know about the species today, he wrote:

“...Its smallness takes nothing away from its merit and does not impede its service to its master.  On the contrary, its merit grows because of its small stature that has been ignored in its homeland, but it has been sought after as a great marvel and taken to other seas (overseas) to be shown in courts in bridle and saddle...”


~~~

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

When I Worked at Hearst Magazines



Her name

Candie

Photo by Bruce Barone.



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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Vintage Christmas Santa Wrapping Paper


Susan found a few sheets of Vintage Christmas Santa Wrapping Paper at her Mom's house.

We put one sheet on an end table, under glass in our sitting room:
 

I cut four Santas out from the wrapping paper and put into small frames.

One Santa sits in our living room:


Another Santa sits in our office:


A third Santa keeps us company in our bedroom:


And the last Santa brightens our bathroom:



Do you have any Vintage Christmas Decorations or Family Heirlooms?

I would love to hear from you!

~~~


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Last Day of November





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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A November Photograph




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Monday, November 28, 2011

William Blake

Today is William Blake's birthday.

I am thinking about Blake today and I have in front of me the catalog from my college senior thesis/art exhibition, "William Blake, The Apocalyptic Vision."

And I am reading:



From the introduction:

"For Blake, the apocalyptic moment was personal and could happen at any time evil is recognized. Revelation and Judgment are internal affairs of the spirit, arising from a clearing of the senses which the artist, by virtue of his imaginative genius, can promote. The true artist then has a social role bordering on the religious. Blake took this very seriously. He sought prophecies of a particular visionary nature, and found them in the Books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Job, and Solomon......Apocalypse was not the only myth with which Blake was concerned. It was part of a general sequence, a cycle beginning with Creation and Fall and culminating with Apocalypse and Redemption. Apocalypse becomes the correction of the Fall, and Redemption, a reversal of the process by which the spirit was contracted into human form......This constrictd state Blake called Experience; its opposite was Innocence. Blake's cycle from Creation to Judgment or Redemption is paralleled on a personal level as a progress from Innocence to Experience. The tension between the two states is essential: "Without Contraries there is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence." This progress of opposites is man's learning to develop his spiritual aspects, to reject selfhood and learn true foregivness. Final Revelation will be "seen by the Imaginative Eye of Every one according to the Situation he holds" and the Last Judgment will happen "whenever any Individual Rejects Error & Embraces Truth."
 
Often considered one of Blake's most striking visual images, the frontispiece to "Europe, a Prophecy" (1794) and usually called "The Ancient of Day's."
 
 
 
Again, from the catalog:
 
(It) represents the Creator striking the limits of the fallen world with his brazen compass. From the midst of a brilliant heavenly sphere, the old man leans forward and down, his flowing hair and beard blown to the side, his left hand firmly holding the compass down over the black depths he studies from above. The pictorial tradition connecting the compass to the Creation goes back to the Middle Ages and derives from Proverbs 8:27: "When he prepared the heavens, I was there; when he set a compass upon the face of the depth." It first occurs in Blake's work in connection with Milton's "He took the golden Compasses...to circumscribe this universe, and all created things" (Paradise Lost VII: 225-227). Blake's source for the striking pose of Urizen was ultimately Christ in Michelangelo's Conversion of Saint Paul. The powerful deity, who orders the unformed world, is Urizen, who by this terrible act limits the universe and inflicts woe upon the world by reducing the infinite to the finite. As his name suggests, he is "your reason," the faculty which defines and delimits. In Urizen 12:4, he opens the awful Book of Brass, the code of rational laws copied by kings and priests for the purpose of organizing and suppressing society. Once revealed, the code spreads through the ages: it is this terrible propagation that Blake follows in the cycle from Adam to Resurrection.
 
And:
 
Blake's friends often made much of his seeing visions and receiving divine guidance. But Blake himself knew well the nature of his visions. In "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" Blake describes a dinnertable conversation with Isaiah and Ezekiel:
 
"I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert that God spoke to them; and whether they did not think at the time that they would be misunderstood, & so be the cause of imposition. Isaiah answer'd: "I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discovr'd the infinite in everything, and as I was then persuaded, & remain confirm'd, that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences, but wrote."

And, here, me and my mentor and teacher and friend Harvey Stahl :
Let me end with this quote

 reminded of Thel's Motto from William Blake's "The Book of Thel."

Does the Eagle know what is in the pit?
Or wilt thou go ask the Mole?
Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod?
Or Love in a golden bowl? 
 
And you dear reader and friend?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Sunday of Advent Meditation



And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
  ~Jeremiah




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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving



May your Thanksgiving be blessed with love and gratitude.

Photo by Bruce Barone.

~

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Mists of Avalon




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Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday in the Park

Sunday
in the park
down the street
from where
we live

Mittineague Park. West Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo by Bruce Barone.



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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Bible Study




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Saturday, November 19, 2011

God's Whisper



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Friday, November 18, 2011

A Cool Cat

Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Color is Red and Autumn Ends Soon

Photo by Bruce Barone.




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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nadine. The Cat.


Not as innocent
as she looks
but loved
always.

Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Cold November Rain

Photo by Bruce Barone.



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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Glorious Gifts

 

"The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside."

~ Homer, The Iliad

Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hold On To Your Dreams



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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Katie Himes, Miss Teen America

Just found out I will be photographing
Katie Himes,
Miss Teen America,
again--this time 
in Boston,
portrait session.

Photo by Bruce Barone.
Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

The Cat Nadine

Photo by Bruce Barone.


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Prayer


If the only prayer you say in your life
is thank you, that would suffice.

Photo by Bruce Barone.




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Friday, November 4, 2011

Self Portrait After Cezanne

I saw a Cezanne painting in today's New York Times.

Self Portrait. Friday, November 4, 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Good People at High Point

After fours days our heat is back on here at home. Others, however, still suffer in the cold; some take refuge in a local shelter.

Today, now that electricity is restored at our home, I will begin editing the photos I took for Pandora de Balthazar European Luxury Bedding in High Point: pillows, bedding, linens, textiles.

For example:

Photo by Bruce Barone.

The contest I created to encourage traffic to her Facebook page was a great success and it was fun to photograph people in bed:

Danielle Hatfield, Chief Dirt Digger at Experience Farm. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Olivia Millwood, GotoGirls. Photo by Bruce Barone.
Donna Hazzard, Greenpieced. Photo by Bruce Barone.
There are dozens more photographs of people in bed; men, too. But let's move on to "The Good People at High Point."

It was thrilling and rewarding to meet so many kind, friendly, generous, inspiring people.

Each name, each person, a poem, a song. Let's listen. Let's read aloud:

Mary Knackstedt
Martha Daley
Kate Van Byssum
Jennifer Eakins
Patsy P Anderson
Jennifer Duchene
Barry Darr Dixon
Mary McDonald
Brandon Pierce
Margaret Russell
Kathryn Greeley
Lauren Saul
Amanda Lane
Lisa Kahn
Maybelline Te
Julie Hoover
Tamara Leicester
Leslie Carothers
Charmaine Wynter

I hear a song. I sing a song. To these good people.

I may have forgotten to list a few people and to them I apologize. Here is one last photograph:

A beautiful antique textile from Pandora.
~

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