Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oliver Stone on Hugo Chavez, Hugo Chavez on Hugo Chavez and Hugo Chavez on Venezuala

I am Portuguese by birth and categorically, Latina. Perhaps that's why I have always had an interest in and concern about Latin America. Particularly the long-standing U.S. aggression in that part of the continent. The thumb on the little guys down there, who are simply trying to govern their nations independent of U.S. control. Besides, I can understand Latin American Spanish better than Spaniard Spanish. ;-). I'm not quite sure why but sorry to digress.

I just reiceved this video in email from Just Foreign Policy, a group I support annually with any leftover pennies from the change jar. It's a clip from Oliver Stone's new film South of the Border and that title has just gone to the top of the list of movies I have to try to seek out very soon.

The quote I have for you below from the South of the Border is emblematic of the political values I grew up with in my family.

And perhaps this is one thing that keeps us going. The optimism, the faith, the hope. And the concrete evidence that we can change the course of history. It's possible, Oliver!
          ~ Hugo Chavez

Now watch...

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Friday Evening Nudes

Artemisia Gentileschi


Edward John Poynter
Frederick Carl Frieseke
American Impressionist

The Enchantress
Luis Riccardo Faléro
(Spanish-born, raised in London)

Robert Falk



Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sky Watch Friday

Suburban Sunset
please click on images once for best viewing; twice for details

a neighboring house
I'm not sure if my neighborhood qualifies as a true suburb but it is certainly a residential neighborhood. These were taken one night last week during an evening stroll with WP.

 International Skies Galore!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Personal Message From Me on Health Care and Something from MoveOn

Hi, all

Those of you blog buddies who have paid visits to The Pagan Sphinx for a long time know, I think and hope, that I'm not one to get heavy-handed about political action. I put out what I feel strongly about and if that changes one person's mindset on an issue or topic, or even plants a tiny seed of awareness, I'm okay with that.

But I am really begging and pleading with you here on the issue of true healthcare reform that addresses a strong public option. I know that I'm preaching to the choir in terms of agreement on these things. So what I'm begging you to do is take it any one step further that you are able right now. Whether that is to write letters, send money, attend a rally or as our very own Utah Savage has done, help to organize events locally. And you still find that there isn't anything you can do, how about if you pass along to your friends and family, this incredible video. The soundtrack is that really moving R.E.M. song You Are The Everything, from their best album ever, Green. And those of you chose to bookmark my blog with your little icon but from whom I never hear, here's your chance to weight in. Besides, that will give me an idea of just how many of you actually even ever click to get here! No worries. But please do something and do leave a message about it here, there and everywhere.

Thank you!


The Gallery - Festival of Nymphs

Nymphs Offering the Young Bacchus Caesar
 Finding Nymphs
John Williams Waterhouse
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns-

Nymphs Listening To The Songs of Orpheus
Charles François_Jalabert
William Bouguereau

 Hylas and the Nymphs
dryads - from the word for tree or oak, tree nymphs or sometimes used for nymphs in general
  • meliads - of the ash trees or fruit trees in general
  • hamadryads - tree nymphs who are born and die with their trees
  • oreades - of the mountains
  • naiads - of springs, general bodies of water
  • heleads - nymphs of the fen
  • epimeliads - protectors of sheep and their flocks
  • leimoniads - nymphs of the meadows or flowers
  • limnades - nymphs of lakes, marshes, and swamps
  • okeanids - nymphs of fountains and streams, daughters of okeanos
  • potameides - nymphs of the rivers
  • nereids - nymphs of the ocean, daughters of nereus
  • pteleades - of elm trees
  • hudriades - water nymphs in general
  • some notable individual nymphs from mythology: thetis, echo, daphne, maia

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Message for Labor Day

Artist of the Week - Paul Signac

Photograph of Paul Signac
November 11, 1863 – August 15, 1935
French neo-impressionist painter who, with George Seurat, invented the pointillist style.

Still-life with Book

Saint Briac 
the sailors cross

Concorneau Opus
Le Pin
Saint Tropez
Palais des Papes Avignon
Breeze Concarneau 

The Dining Room

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Music for Sunday - Billy Bragg - Waiting For the Great Leap Forwards

Some people sing about love
Some people sing about war
Some people sing about a better world to come
Well, I sing about all three and this is my theme song, Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards... 

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