Category Archives: 19th Century

La Liberte Guidant Le Peuple

Shortly after the July revolution of 1830 Eugene Delacroix painted LA LIBERTE GUIDANT LE PEUPLE commemorating the overthrow of the Bourbon king Charles X. The new king Louis Philippe bought the painting, but never hung it in the Palais de Luxembourg, as its subject matter was too revolutionary even for the ‘Citizen King’. According to […]

Deja Vu From Holyoke

Several Aprils ago I visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for the first time in decades. My sister, her husband, and daughter slowly inspected each and every painting, while I sought out Northeast favorites such as Fitz Hugh Lane’s Owl’s Head, Winslow Homer’s The Fog, and Childe Hassam’s Boston Common at Twilight. Viewing these landscapes […]

No Cinco De Mayo

In the late Spring of 2013 my brother-in-law and I put the dock in the lake. The water temperature was 62 and the sunny air hit 72, which was warm for Southern Maine. David and I went into the water with hesitation, but it wasn’t so bad once we were in the lake. Coming out […]

Old Palestine

Ancient Roman writers referred to Palestine as Syria Palaestina consisting of the lands between theMediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Jaffa was the entry port for the region. The population was made up of mostly Arabs and a smattering of Jews. Arab warriors protected Palestine from Bedouin raiders. Farmers raised olive trees and orchards on […]

The Great Disappointment

For puritanical Christians early 19th Century America was a cesspool of sin and Satan threatened the souls of the White Race through race mixing, while women’s demand for equality attacked the eternal domination of men over the weaker sex. Children lost their religion and the United States was driven not by godliness, but Mammon the […]