Dreams: Happy New Year

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes

Charles R. Knight, American (1874-1953)
Sukenobu, Japanese (1671-1750)
Al-Jazari, Mesopotamian (1136-1206)

Blue Winter: Happy Holidays

Winter uses all the blues there are.

One shade of blue for water, one for ice,

Another blue for shadows over snow.

The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-

Both different blues. And hills row after row

Are colored blue according to how for.

You know the bluejay's double-blur device

Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.

And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

Robert Francis




Harald Sohlberg, Norwegian (1869-1935)

Errol Le Cain, British (1941-1989)

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, German (1880-1938)

Animal Versus Man: Happy Birthday Sagittarius

We are now in the astrological sign of Sagittarius the Archer. It is also the sun sign of Porcelains and Peacocks' friend Kirk Phillips of Shears & Window. The Archer is a centaur, half- man and half- horse symbolizing the conflict between animal nature and civilized man. Those born under the sign share with the centaur of Greek mythology an adventurous spirit and the wisdom of Chrion. They are also honest and direct like the point of an arrow. A sixteenth century Persian tile mosaic of Sagittarius depicts the Archer aiming at his own dragon headed tail. In the constellation card from the English Urania's Mirror of 1825, he is shooting into the heavenly sky. Lithuanian painter and composer, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911) painted Sagittarius as a man hunting a large bird of prey, part of his Cycle of Twelve Pictures (1907).

Happy Birthday Kirk!