Monthly Archives: June 2018

What do you know about the 48th US State?

When I was a child, my family and I would spend summers in the American Southwest. One state that I found very fascinating [albeit too hot during the summer months] was Arizona. It was so very different from my native … Continue reading

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The Emblem of the Brave and True

Besides Grand Old Flag, another nick-name for the US flag is The Stars and Stripes. It is also the name of the National March of the USA. Most Americans can hum the tune or at least parts of it, but … Continue reading

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This Land is Your Land . . .

In the 1940s, folk singer Woody Guthrie produced a song which later would be considered one of America’s most famous folk song. That song was “This Land is Your Land.” 20 years later, it would be reintroduced to a new … Continue reading

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Eagles and Native Americans

At first glance, this painting by Paul Calle seems like only a nice picture of a Native American Chief, but don’t let its simplicity mislead you – Eagles are extremely important to Native American belief and culture. That is probably … Continue reading

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If You Say “Foxglove Cottage”, What Comes to Mind?

Say the word “Cottage” and what comes to mind? Would be “quaint and romantic”? If so, then you and artist Thomas Kinkade would be in agreement. Let’s look at what Wikipedia says about cottages. First, they are usually considered a … Continue reading

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Do You Know What “Light and Dark in Art” Is Called?

Thomas Kinkade always referred to himself as the painter of light. He could say this because he painted in what is known as a┬áChiaroscuro style. This style contrasts light with dark in significant ways to add body and volume to … Continue reading

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