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Wow! This was wonderful. I was hooked from the first drawing of the pyramids--how did the artist manage to convey the stillness and silence of Giza with that simple drawing? Thank you for drawing it to our attention.
Can you imagine sifting through "every grain of soil"? That's a task for which I am not suited. For one thing, it looks like cat litter. I feel like the subject of Thomas Jefferson's bed built into the wall dividing his study from his dressing room just came up. It came up here, right? I can't imagine where else something like that would come up.
My visit to Monticello predates this blog. I have a lot of nondigital photographs. Could scan some, maybe, sometime.I love the way the bed is. But if you sleep with someone it doesn't work horribly well.
Kind of gives a more differnt twist to the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed.Roll out to the left of the bed and you are in study stay at home mode ....roll to the right and you are getting dressed and ready for work mode.
If you want to visit another house built by an eccentric genius, try Fonthill, outside Philly. http://www.mercermuseum.org/mercer_museum.htm#admissions
I would love to have these Kalman illustrations as a small book or poster or something.
What a great idea. Yes, I'd like that very much.
Wonderful take on Jefferson and Monticello. I remember the water collection system from when we visited. The place is on top of a hill, and they had no water, without hauling up the hill (not a Jack and Jill hill, either). So they had a rainwater - cistern collection system. Cool.All those Renaissance men running around in those days....
The operators of Montecello have expanded the reception area and moved all the shops down there. The history of Jefferson's years is the amazing thing part of the tour. It is 1.5 hours from Lexington, Va and 2 hours from Williamsburg if you are re-planning a tour with Meade later this year.
the 2nd pic about the spiny echidna reminded me that i recently learned that it is the only mammal with a four headed penis which also happens to be large for its bodyvideo herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3o2Q-YLPwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3o2Q-YLPw
I totally love every thing by Maira Kalman that I've seen so far. She did a post in May after visiting Ft. Campbell, and the Pentagon called "At Ease" that made me cry. She is so talented. Yes, I would love to have her work in a book, to be able to pull it out and look at it any time I like.
I forgot to say that Monticello is one of my favorite places of all. I visited several times when I lived in NJ, but now that I'm in Az I haven't been back once.
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