Winter Aspens, Lake Tahoe
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Leighton was a Pre-Raphaelite painter.
Built by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home, Osborne House was constructed between 1845-1851 in the Italian Renaissance style. The Queen died here in 1901. Today it is maintained by English Heritage and is open to the public.
Monday, January 30, 2012
A toaster that was bought in 1953 has been named the oldest working toaster in England.
A 41-year-old public employee in Cicero IL, wearing a City of Cicero embroidered jacket, twice used a city car to steal $300 of beer from a local grocery during his lunch break. He is the mayor's nephew.
A 6-year-old elementary student in Meriden CT told his teacher at snack-time that he wanted to share. He surprised the teacher when he pulled out nine bags of marijuana from his pants pocket.
T-shirts that say "Get Back on Board, Damn It" have become a fashion hit in Italy. Spoken by the Coast Guard officer who ordered the captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to return to his ship, the command is now the new slogan for Italy's economic austerity program.
Saving the best for last:
A jail inmate in Syracuse NY is in trouble for trying to fraud the IRS out of nearly $9 million in tax refunds between 2006 and 2010. The man was serving a 4-year sentence for receiving stolen property, but now faces 11 counts of filing false IRS claims, and one count of helping another inmate file one. The penalty could be five years' imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each count against him.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Fry and Woolf were members of the
Bloomsbury group of intellectuals in London.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Long Winter Shadows
"I was out walking my dog through the snow-covered meadow when I spotted these long shadows leading toward the house. Fortunately, I rarely go out without my camera! Long shadows in the middle of the day are one of the benefits of winter. Although I’ve used many compositional elements to lead into my paintings, I don’t think I’ve ever used winter shadows like this. Now that I’ve given it a try, I want to do more!"
"Jamie Williams Grossman is a Signature Member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP). She serves on the NYPAP Advisory Board and also as the head of their Lower Hudson Valley Chapter. Jamie has taught oil and acrylic painting at Putnam Arts Council, and has served as a member of their Gallery Committee. Her paintings have been featured in USA Weekend, The Journal News, Plein Air Magazine, Putnam County News and Recorder, the Catskill Region Guide, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Bedford Record Review."
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Abbey in the Oakwood
I dreamed last night that I went out to adopt a doggie and came home with an 8-year-old girl. I thought she was a dog until I realized I had to take care of her and raise her, so I adopted her. We lived in a two bedroom apartment, and people kept cutting through our apartment doors to get to the other side of the building. I picked out a school for the little girl, and we even combed the neighborhood for fast food restaurants. I was glad I got her.