Saturday, March 30, 2013

An Easter Greeting

A Prayer in Spring 

By Robert Frost

         "Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
          And give us not to think so far away
          As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
          All simply in the springing of the year".

       "Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
       Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
       And make us happy in the happy bees,
       The swarm dilating round the perfect trees".

"And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still".

"For this is love and nothing else is love,
To which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends he will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill".

God's Gift - a Savior King

He Has Risen!

These photos are not mine and were collected from Tumblr and Pinterest.  Please contact me for original source.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

An Irish Blessing

St. Paddy's

"May your troubles be less...

and your blessings be more

and nothing but happiness

come through your door "
.... an Irish Blessing

Happy St. Paddy's!

Dingle Peninsula 

Blarney Castle

A stone bridge outside of Kenmare, Ireland

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Me at a stop in Dingle Peninsula, Ireland 

Killarney National Park, Ireland

Priests Leap Pass

Muckross House

Dumbeg Standing Stones

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

"Dia dhuit" - God Be With You! 

Some of these photos are not mine (with the exception of the Blingee and the travel photos at the bottom of this blog) and taken from Pinterest or Tumblr.  Please contact me for the original source.

Friday, March 8, 2013



 In the late 17th century, an Italian troop of performers called the Comedie-Italienne, entertained the Parisian public with plays and operas.  Amongst one of their characters arose, Pierrot (an hypocorism of the French name, Pierre or Peter).

The hat was replaced with a skullcap when French mime,  Jean-Gasprd Deburau, reincarnated the character Pierrot.  

Portrayed in the visual arts as a broken hearted clown, he pins for his lover, or some say wife, Columbine.  Columbine had left him for that clown, Harlequin.  

Pierrot, this heartbroken character became the symbol of the Romantic's in the 19th century and also for the Post-Revoluntionary French, struggling to secure a place in the bourgeois world. 

Throughout the centuries, Pierrot has transformed into a multipurpose icon.  Selling everything from beauty products to intoxicants.

For myself, Pierrot is a remembrance of Paris and all it's antiquated charm.

Pierrot has been played by women such as Sarah Bernhardt.
and Diana Karenne

Pierrot's attire has always made the perfect costume for a child.

Recreated by many....
lived on in a few..... master mime, the late Marcel Marceau
There are many paintings of Pierrot.  This one is by Cezanne.  Here is Pierrot with the clown who stole Columbine from him, Harlequin. 

Another painting of Pierrot, by Antoine Watteau: Pierrot and Four Other Characters of the Commedia dell'arte, c. 1718. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

"For Pierrrot loved the long white road,
And Pierrot loved the moon,
And Pierrot loved a star-filled sky,
And the breath of a rose in June".