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“Landscape with House and Ploughman, 1889” by Vincent van Gogh

From The Blessing of Autumn, one of a number of fine posts by Jonie combining inspirational paintings and poetry.

Jonie (if she's the same person, and I'm pretty sure she is) had a fine blog on SU. I can't find posts from her anywhere later than 2012, but this particular blog is a treasure trove. Don't miss it.

If you're interested...

[Some info about this painting]

If you liked reading The Little World of Don Camillo and its sequels, then you will love this blog by “An American Fan”. It's more or less complete now, but it stands as a wonderful work in its own right - a true work of love. You will also discover that there was much more to Giovanni Guareschi than Don Camillo.

If you haven't read the books (so much better than the entertaining screen adaptations), then may I strongly recommend them!

From the blog intro:

A really good post by Anil Das, asking for responsibility to be taken by web site owners for unacceptable comments posted by visitors

Image by the New York based photographer John Fraissinet (whose work is well worth checking out)

From the page:


As it turns out, we have a way to prevent gangs of humans from acting like savage packs of animals. In fact, we've developed entire disciplines based around this goal over thousands of years. We just ignore most of the lessons that have been learned when we create our communities online. But, by simply learning from disciplines like urban planning, zoning regulations, crowd control, effective and humane policing, and the simple practices it takes to stage an effective public event, we can come up with a set of principles to prevent the overwhelming majority of the worst behaviors on the Internet...


(Thanks to my elder daughter for sending me this one!)

A fragment of a rather wonderful embroidered bookmark created by Sonya Walker

Click the image to see the whole thing, which includes a quote from Dr. Seuss' book "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut"

Ripping Things to Do is a simply wonderful book (another recommendation from my younger daughter - her previous suggestion is here). It is several things at once: an anthology of classic children's books (English, American and Swedish), a treasure trove of ideas and resources for children's activities based on those books, a nostalgia trip for parents who can remember the days before computer games, and more.

I can also highly recommend this review of the book. It comes from a very nice blogger (as does the above image), and can't possibly add anything to it - except to say that the book is aimed at parents of both boys and girls.

A very nice blog from Dom, in which she gives her "random thoughts on beauty, dining, travel and living in the PRC". Thanks, Catcaley (click her tag above to see much other good stuff that she has sent my way).

(Original post: April 11th, 2011)

"Treasure Hunt" a beautiful image by Aimee Stewart (a.k.a. Foxfires)

Those people who like my web site may be interested to know that I have just a completed a major revamp and update to my Books page, and also to my Movies page. You're most welcome to visit!

Update October 11th, 2011:

Now that I am off SU, I was looking for an icon for "Categorian" to replace the SU symbol in various pages on my web site (which now points to places here instead of there in many places). I'm quite taken with this one! Click the cat for an example of a page that uses it.

(Original post: September 25th, 2010)

This comes from a new post on my other blog.

Click the image for some of my thoughts on humanism, and why I think that this stuff really matters.

This is from the spiritual blog of a rather wonderful lady called Jonie. She has divided her blog into a number of sections, each with a theme illustrated by beautiful pictures and thoughts. Jonie is obviously deeply Christian, but her blog will strike a chord with many people of other faiths, or none.

Unfortunately, I don't know who created this also rather wonderful image!