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Pearl

26 Mar

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For some reason I visited the bloggers sites yesterday after reading a post. I discovered a series of photos from a photographer. They had been discarded and rediscovered. I looked through and found that several touched something in me. I sent an email as such. He said I could have some if I liked. I picked many and found my favorite, only knowing that the lady reminded me of something, several things.

The elderly woman I shall call Pearl (the name of the magazine I hope to start this August). Pearl was my grandmother, very near and dear. My other grandmother lived on an island way up north. She was a very hard worker, kind of like the lady shown. There’s a third element I’ll save for the end. Who cares about these ladies? I do. I listened to their stories over the years, over and over. I spent numerous hours within their care and guidance. That’s what happens when your mother has five children. You become the babysitter or end up at grandma’s house. I count that as a blessing!

Endless hours of coloring books, making brownies, watching cartoons, running up to the corner drugstore buying whatever you want, like candy. The other grandmother lived so far away you had to spend the summer there. Wow. I was on my own. I had to learn to cook, to fish, to milk cows, bail boats, raise the flag on the pole and take it down securely and properly with pride. Then there was church-that’s a segment by itself. You see I had no complaints growing up; I was too busy. I loved it.

I wonder about the lady in the picture. Where is she going? Is she off to the market to buy a fresh catch? Or has she just been to church and given little of her little cash worth? What story has she told her grandchildren? Does she have any? Who cares? I do. We need to care about these ladies who have weathered everything. They have little money, little things, but pride, oh yes. And stories to tell if you listen. We’ve moved away so our youth have very few elders to help them and make them feel empowered by ones that love them. Day care has walls and strange faces, at first, anyway. Family should take care of family when available. Impressions are being made on your little humans wherever you plant them. Love them good.

You see my own mother lost her husband to a tragedy while pregnant with me. What did she do? She went back to work and hired a nanny for my sister and I. They tell me I had a black nanny. I don’t remember. But possibly my brain remembers and that’s why this picture touches me. I wonder what stories she told me? I have a connection as I started out in life and it was a person of color that affected and touched me. I’m sure of it. She spent every day with me while my mother worked. That and the purse. While that woman in the picture holds onto her purse my very own grandmother had one of her own.

My beautiful Pearl clutched onto her purse with her money in it after she sold her home. She lay bedridden for many years prior but had bought and sold her home herself. She had worked her entire life and the money lay in her purse for a little while anyway. These are the threads of life in all of us. These are our connections. They’ve been there all along we just become numb through others not telling us the correct stories or are out for our money, or prevent us from getting ahead through inequality. The picture above is my Pearl, not my biologic Pearl, but the story of who we are. She had legs that took her places while my grandmother did not. But they both had the purse. And I care about that. Pearl is a great name for a magazine I think. What do you think?

You never know when inspiration will strike. And boy did it strike me yesterday. I am actually on hiatus as I’ve just released two books, one in December and the other a few weeks ago. Why am I on hiatus? From writing? Because I’m selling my home. That’s big business with going through everything from a lifetime, to cleaning, to Goodwill and beyond. Oh yeah: the windows, the gutters, the carpets must all be cleaned, and of course, the storage room and garage, too. We must make it look glorious for a prospective new home owner!

Put the sign in the yard. What for? We have the internet. Take the pet with you when you leave to show the house. Details. I’m headed for that simpler life. How on earth did I do it all?

By Caroline Clemens

Photography by APMcGrath

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Visiting The Louvre in Paris

22 Jul

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The Louvre has almost 10 million people visiting a year, a museum which is dedicated to informative education and the preservation of art and history for generations to come. The Louvre is open daily with the exception of Tuesdays from nine am until six pm. Extended hours are until nine forty-five pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum closes only three days of the year, that being January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th. Tickets may be purchased online.

Jean-Luc Martinez is the director of this vast museum which extends beyond its walls out into gardens called The Tuileries. French kings have resided in the Louvre before it became a museum in 1793. Thirty five thousand pieces of artwork are displayed and some are centuries old. One in fact is over 7,000 years old. Eight departments of keeping heritage exist: Egyptian Antiquities, Roman Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, and Prints or Drawings.

The Tuileries Garden which is next to the museum is the oldest garden in Paris. It is also the largest public park. Settled right in the heart of the city tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays, including public holidays beginning in April and go through October. The Arc de Triomphe is the starting point. On a special note, a new museum is set to open in the Middle East in 2015. This is called the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The French museum is contributing to the project.

Louvre_PyramidLouvre history begins back in the late 12th century out on the cities west side. Paris saw The Louvre begin as a fortress which later held Francois I and Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. The fortress built on the banks of the Seine became prominent to defend this largest city in Europe known as Paris. What’s left from Medieval times is the Salle Bosse, a hall which historians are not even sure what function it may have provided. Later in the 1300’s the Louvre was transformed by Raymond du Temple, an architect for Charles V, into a royal residence. Further on into the 1500’s, the Medieval Louvre transformed into a Renaissance palace when Francois became a resident of Paris.

A young king at nine years old, Louis XIII, began work fifteen years later at age 24 and it was completed by Louis XIV. This classical period would allow us to see The Louvre we see today, yet, something nearby, notably Versailles, would place this Louvre into the low interest category by royals. In 1674, Louis XIV, went to Versailles and work at the Louvre was halted. By 1699, exhibitions began to be held at The Louvre and these shows were called or known as “Salon.” Almost a hundred years later “The Museum Central des Arts” was formed. Artists, painters, and architects could view collections from royals of the French aristocrats. The general public was welcome on the weekends.

napoleon-bonapartes-dinning-room-at-the-louvre-museum-paris-pierre-leclercFor a short while Austria, Italy, and other nations had art shown there. Paintings from the Vatican and Venice were displayed, too. In 1803 it was actually called Musee` Napolean and the entrance contained a bust of the emperor. When the empire fell in 1815, the nations reclaimed their stolen treasures.

Jean-Francois Champollion discovered ideas of hieroglyphics and published articles pertaining to the Rosetta Stone, housed in London at the British Museum. Jean-Francois became the museums 1st curator in the department of Egyptian Antiquities. This occurred on May 15th, 1826. He had articles published on transcribing hieroglyphics into Greek.

A Spanish gallery was formed under Louis-Phillipe in 1837-1848, later these 400 paintings were sold to London. A Mexican display was created along with Algerian and other exotic crafts and folk arts. Ceilings were painted, new buildings added, extensions of existing wings, courtyards added, and a connection built for The Tuileries and The Louvre. After the Paris Commune in May 1871, The Tuileries, which were a symbol for monarchy were demolished. This marked a beginning after the end. The Louvre was re-birthed and became a cultural provision.

louvreIn 1922 the 1st Islamic gallery was opened due to generosities from Baroness Delort de Gleon. During WWII the contents of The Louvre were housed at Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, and also dispersed to other chateaus. The Cubist painter, Georges Braque, produced three ceiling paintings of birds in 1953.

Under French President, Jacques Chirac, the tribal and aboriginal art museums were created. The Pavillion des Sessions house masterpieces from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania which opened in 2006. And, of course, there is the Mona Lisa.

The Louvre by Kim Troike

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