Bufflehead Cabin

How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

— Emily Dickinson


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Terracotta Statuette of Eros on a boar

Period: Hellenistic

Date: 3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek, South Italian

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)

Classification: Terracottas

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The Long Leg, Edward Hopper

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Ipswich Shanties, 1892, Arthur Wesley Dow. American (1857 - 1922)

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When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign, is Solitude;
How potent a mere image of her sway;
Most potent when impressed upon the mind
With an appropriate human centre—hermit, 360
Deep in the bosom of the wilderness;
Votary (in vast cathedral, where no foot
Is treading, where no other face is seen)
Kneeling at prayers; or watchman on the top
Of lighthouse, beaten by Atlantic waves;
Or as the soul of that great Power is met
Sometimes embodied on a public road,
When, for the night deserted, it assumes
A character of quiet more profound
Than pathless wastes.

The Prelude

Book Fourth, Summer Vacation (extract)

William Wordsworth

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Soldiers of the Free French Forces (Forces françaises libres), military units who joined “Free France” (la France libre), the Resistance organisation founded by Charles de Gaulle in 1940, assist in mopping up pockets of the German garrison in Paris just prior to Germany’s capitulation and withdrawal from the city. Paris, Île-de-France, France. 16 August 1944.

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Some things are so awesomely enormous that it’s difficult to grasp just how big they are until they’re put into a more relatable perspective. Today, thanks to Belgian amateur astronomer Michel (@quark1972), we get to appreciate the size of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (aka the rubber ducky comet).

This is the comet that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft reached on August 6, 2014 after a ten year, five month and four day-long journey nearly 4 million miles into space. The Rosetta will now spend the next two years studying the comet, including the deployment of a lander, the Philae, down to the comet’s surface.

Head over to the ESA website to learn lots more about this amazing mission.

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The only way back toward a democracy and economy that work for the majority is for most of us to get politically active once again, becoming organized and mobilized. We have to establish a new countervailing power. The monied interests are doing what they do best – making money. The rest of us need to do what we can do best – use our voices, our vigor, and our votes.

Robert Reich: The Disease of American Democracy (via azspot)

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The Singer of Amon, Zedkonsaufankh, Plays the Harp Before the God Marmakhis

New Kingdom, c. 1400 BCE. Painted wood

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  Guillermo Gomez Gil - (1862-1942)

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Pioneer Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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How the Cigarette Machine Had a Massive Economic Impact on the 20th Century


Stanley Kubrick     Rosemary Williams, New York City, from the “Showgirl” Series      1949



When they were wild
When they were not yet human
When they could have been anything,
I was on the other side ready with milk to lure them,
And their father, too, the name like a net in his hands.

Louise Erdrich

Art: Theodor Kittelsen

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Apparently I have received my final warning from Tumblr of a copyright violation. I have asked repeatedly on the second warning for the link to the post in question but did not get an answer. I guess at any time I could get another copyright violation and my account will be terminated. I’m hunting…

[There are many links to Tumblr backup methods. I haven’t tried any yet. Share what works, please. I’ve slaved for the pleasure of it for the Tumblr suits, gathering & generating content that has built the ap’s value. There is scant other value than our volunteer labors. Tumblr provides some connectivity & I love the neighbors that have gathered together. That’s all I’ll miss.]

Therefore, it is not enough to get remote from the public; tis not enough to shift the soil only; a man must flee from the popular conditions that have taken possession of his soul, he must sequester and come again to himself…

Michel de Montaigne

Essays of Montaigne

Of Solitude

The Essays of Michel de Montaigne are contained in three books and 107 chapters of variable length. Montaigne’s stated design in writing, publishing and revising the Essays over the period from approximately 1570 to 1592 was to record for the ‘private benefit of friends and kinsmen … some traits of my character and of my humours.’ 

Many thinkers have dealt with the subject [of solitude], from Plato and Aristotle to Hannah Arendt. It’s a philosophical tradition that takes in medieval religious mystics, the work of Montaigne and Adam Smith, and the great American poets of solitude Thoreau and Emerson.

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