Pannini Not Panini ?

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Oh I have to quickly get your attention before you click me off after seeing this grand 18th century portrait of Govanni Paol Pannini!  Here is the more well know panini or hot toasted Italian sandwich , we all know and love.


And this is two favorites in one. . . . caprese panini!

Back to Mr. Pannini, the painter. . . . . . . . His paintings popped into my mind the other day, but of course I couldn’t remember his name or the time of  his life.  But the professor, used to my deficient memory, was able to determine whom I was describing.

Pannini was a painter and architect  and the most famous of the Roman view painters know as the Vedutisti . He was a part of the Romantic Period at the end of the 18th century. This was a movement in art and music that was a reaction to the Age of Enlightenment where rational thought  was  most valued in the Industrial Age.  Romantics once again valued beauty and emotion of by gone days.

Pannini’s art is a visual history of Rome and her ruins and monumental buildings and art. Panini’s  work is highly detailed, usually in a large scale painting  or print of vista or city scape.  Some are  views of museum like spaces where you can visit without leaving home.  Look closely at the pictures that are filled with images.  Just an  amazing visit to the Eternal City !


The Roman Forum

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Interior of St. Peter’s Cathedral  and honestly the scale feels that large. It is the largest church on earth.


The Pantheon built during ancient Rome as a temple to the pantheon of gods first constructed from 27-25 BC. It is the best preserved ancient monument in Rome.  Later it became a Christian Catholic Church and is known for royalty buried there. The most famous person laid to rest is Raphael, the renowned Renaissance painter.


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These last two are favorites of mine with the beauty, history and whimsy of the construction.  Notice the curtain being drawn back and the ancient monuments and domes of churches, all together as if Pannini couldn’t decide which to paint so he included them all!

Several people have asked me my favorite places to visit and I do have a list.   I feel strongly that  if you have  only one trip in a lifetime. . . . .go to Italy.  The whole country is a museum, art gallery, historical site with beauty and drama everywhere you look. . . . and did I forget the food?

Are you familiar with Pannini’s work?  Do you have a favorite painter? 

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True Love Does Exist

Older Man Who Eats Alone Goes Viral. When You Take a Close Look at What’s on the Table, You’ll See Why

This is such a touching story of love. We all need to be loved and to love and  are blessed through those experiences during  our short journey on this earth. 

What got Madina Bashizadah’s attention was not the older man sitting alone or the walker beside the table, but the photograph propped up toward him as he ate his hamburger.

The photo featured his late wife.

“Oh my god I just died!!! He has a picture of his wife with him as he eats!” Bashizadah wrote on Twitter.

A similar photo of the same scene even made it onto an Imgur post with more details about the couple’s story.

“The older gentleman was sitting down enjoying his meal and I noticed that he had a photo with him,” Bashizadah told the Huffington Post. “Automatically, I assumed she wasn’t here with us and I started tearing up because it was such a beautiful moment but heartbreaking at the same time.”

Bashizadah told the Post that other people asked him about the photograph and he was “excited to talk about her.”

Here’s the story:

We found out that she was his sweetheart, his wife who passed away 5 years ago. They met at 17 but the war had kept them apart. He had searched for her for 10 years and one day as he was telling his barber the story, the barber calls his daughter in and it ends up being her. They were married instantly and it lasted for 55 years until she passed. He takes her photo everywhere. On one side of the laminated photo it’s him and her sitting on a couch together and on the back it has a photo of him and her side by side when they were young. Goes to show you true love does exist.

Take time to love and be loved as the time is often short. 

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Danger in Paradise

Hawaii was a place I had always wanted to go and I have just recently gone twice.  David gave a paper at a conference in Honolulu on two different occasions.  I flew from Arizona and met him the first time, and then we went from New York this year.   I can only say, it is not a disappointment at all and the name “Paradise” is most appropriate.   We were on Oahu on both trips and Kilauea is on the big island.  If we ever go again, we want to spend all our time on the big island. I want to see the volcano and the lava flow as well as go on a jungle excursion .  David wants to visit the world famous observatory on the same island.

Enjoy these incredible images !

Have you been to paradise, in Hawaii or somewhere else?

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Music Monday on Tuesday, Graham Nash “Teach Your Children Well”


This morning I saw Graham Nash on Morning Joe. He was singing this powerful song from the past, my past,  “Teach Your  Children Well.” Nash was a member of the folk, rock super group, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young.  Their  songs “Our House” and “Southern Cross” are also very familiar.

When the group was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this was their introduction: David_Crosby_Graham_Nash_Occupy_Wall_Street_2011_Shankbone (1)


David Crosby and Graham Nash.

“They are the longest running American musical experiment in vocal harmony and social relevance.”

For all the teachers and parents out there. . . . “Teach Your Children Well!”


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Robin Williams’ Children and Billy Crystal In ‘Baseball Tribute’ – San Francisco Giants

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Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams join the actor's best friend Billy Crystal to pay tribute before a San Francisco Giants game.

Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams join the actor’s best friend Billy Crystal to pay tribute before a San Francisco Giants game.

Knowing how Sport can bring us together, this really touched my heart, I have been involved in Football in Scotland since I was 8 years old, I am 41 now. I played, coached then managed, now I am just a fan and I understand the connection. The ‘San Francisco Giants Family’ certainly showed Sport is more than just a game, it is a religion in a way to many, a church of Sport a friend from the USA told me, she was right. Sport brings people together. I thought this was just ‘WOW’ We all miss Robin, but his kids, his partner and all his friends must be hurting badly. I have never met the man and I feel sad. He and Scottish Comedian and Actor Billy Connolly…

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Raymond Burse, Hero of the Week





This is Raymond Burse and I will tell you why he is the “Hero of the Week.”  He is a very bright talented man who gained publicity when he was chosen a Rhodes Scholar during his academic years, studying Chemistry at Oxford University. On returning to the United States, he  studied and graduated from Harvard Law School.  He later  worked and excelled as an executive  at General Electric in the appliance section.  Now he is the interim president of Kentucky State University. I think we can all agree that Mr. Burse is an impressive man.

Now he has  chosen to make a statement  to improve the lives of his new family at Kentucky State University.  On his second interview for interim president, he surprise the members of the governing board by announcing his intention, if chosen.  His plan was  to increase the minimum wage of the lowest paid employees from $7.25 to $10.10 from his own salary.  This was a cut in salary for him of $90,000 !   He is a very humble man who is quick to say that his pension from GE enables and fuels  his generosity.

Mr. Burse says he wanted to encourage all the members of the University family to feel that the sky is the limit and feel they are both valued for their work and invested in the family.  Mr. Burse grew up as a very poor  boy in rural Kentucky.  He has made minimum wage and has family who have as well.  He has dreamed and lived the American Dream of hard work  leading to success.  Now, Mr. Burse is working not only to restore fiscal responsibility to Kentucky State, but to pass along his dream , not for himself this time, but for  his new family ! Without a doubt, he is a hero !

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USA Sent Out ‘Defcon 1′ Alert To US Public TV – Biggest US Threat There Is!


I have not heard a whisper about this test until I read Shaun’s post. Has anyone else? Maybe some people who live in the Southern US? Just doesn’t sound good at all and seems to indicate something sinister to me.

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This is what many seen on TV on Friday. Government are downplaying it. Only (ONLY) The POTUS can initiate this message. They blaming DJ!!

This is what many seen on TV on Friday. Government are downplaying it. Only (ONLY) The POTUS can initiate this message. They blaming DJ!!

What is going on here if ONLY the President of the USA can order this message in the event of Nuclear War or say, Ebola Pandemic?

What is going on here if ONLY the President of the USA can order this message in the event of Nuclear War or say, Ebola Pandemic?

AT&T U-Verse Subscribers got a message on Friday afternoon, a DEFCON 1 Alert the USA would show on every TV channel and Radio show in the USA, so why only AT&T U-Verse Subscribers seen this? And why was it NOT reported by main stream media. I checked and the only News station on TV  to report it was the channel it was seen. I heard on the radio news and read for an hour just there thatONLY the President or his appointee could send this alert out! I am not sure what to make of it…

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