November, by William Cullen Bryant

•November 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

William Cullen Bryant


by William Cullen Bryant

Yet one smile more, departing, distant sun!
One mellow smile through the soft vapory air,
Ere, o’er the frozen earth, the loud winds run,
Or snows are sifted o’er the meadows bare.
One smile on the brown hills and naked trees,
And the dark rocks whose summer wreaths are cast,
And the blue gentian flower, that, in the breeze,
Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last.
Yet a few sunny days, in which the bee
Shall murmur by the hedge that skirts the way,
The cricket chirp upon the russet lea,
And man delight to linger in thy ray.
Yet one rich smile, and we will try to bear
The piercing winter frost, and winds, and darkened air.

Animation: Rolling

•November 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment


by Matt Christensen.


The Story of Devo’s First Album Cover

•November 8, 2018 • Leave a Comment

This week’s episode of the 99% Invisible podcast tells the entertaining story of how the quirky cover for Devo’s first album came to be.


Serious anarchic silliness.

Have a listen:

Afghan Pants

•November 6, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I’m assuming these are made from recycled afghans.  I must say that I find the granny-square pants kind of adorable.

Found on Crochet+.

Last Night in Helsinki

•November 4, 2018 • Leave a Comment








Flea Market House in Helsinki

•November 3, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I’ve tried to visit this flea market house in Helsinki before, but found it closed. This time the sign said Open, but we were unable to find anyone inside the house.




















Click and zoom for a closer look.

More Helsinki photos.

A Visit to the Ateneum

•October 31, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Yesterday we went to the Ateneum, the central museum of the Finnish National Gallery. We visited our favorite classics of Finnish art, and an exhibition of great modernist artists from the era of urbanization in Finland.

Classics of Finnish art

Paintings by Ferdinand von Wright, Hugo Simberg, Albert Edelfelt. Sculpture by Eemil Halonen.

6 Finnish landscapes

Landscapes by Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen.

helene schjerfbeck

Self portrait by Helene Schjerfbeck.

3 Finnish modernists

Portraits by Adamson-Eric, Yrjö Ollila, and Martti Ranttila.

Mikko Hovi AlarmSculpture by Mikko Hovi.

Click and zoom for a closer look.

You can take a virtual tour of the main hall of the Ateneum, complete with audio commentary on selected artworks, here.

Helsinki Rooftops and Cathedrals

•October 30, 2018 • Leave a Comment

We have a rather lovely view of courtyards and rooftops from our lodgings here in Helsinki.


The red brick tower in the distance is Uspensky Cathedral.


Just peeping over its shoulder of is the dome of Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral which has a raised position that makes it visible from many parts of the city.


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