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Beauty unfetteredSoftly touches troubled heartsOne kiss of comfort The sundrops reach outSplaying light in dark cornersA breeze whispers by More

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A woman’s beauty – what is beauty, what makes a woman beautiful, who is the most beautiful, etc. – has been the subject of much discourse and debate (and women’s magazine articles) through the ages. Vibrantly beautiful women are sometimes described as “blooming like a rose”. Pregnant women in particular are sometimes referred to as […]

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I’m not a fan of the Disney Parks. I think they are contrived fantasy (yes, there is legitimate fantasy), overly expensive, and boring. But there are simple moments in life when you have the chance to see into a father-daughter relationship: adoration, pride and beauty, demonstrated in a few sweet moments. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do.

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On n’est Pas Belle Par Hasard. “Nobody is beautiful by happenstance.” The French have a saying or two about beauty, and this is one of the truest. It takes a little effort. With another New Year stretching before us like a shimmering road of possibility, what better time can there be to resolve to be […]

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Living Art and aesthetics in Augsburg  “Would you descend to Earth, queen adorned in light, the very dust would come alive.” More

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…in a country where they turn back time,you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorrecontemplating a crime. More

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L’art pour l’art est un vain mot. L’art pour le vrai, l’art pour le beau et le bon, voilà la religion que je cherche…—Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (Pen name: George Sand) in a letter to Alexandre Saint-Jean, (19 April 1872) Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, […]

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“If you’re in a bar you don’t look at someone and say they have a beautiful soul.” — Greg Hodge, co-founder of Beautiful People.com…………The discussion in Victor Tango Kilo’s post @vthek on the Miss America Pageant (Beauty and Success are Bourgeois Values and Must Be Crushed) https://ricochet.com/526129/beauty-and-success-are-bourgeois-values-and-must-be-crushed/ spawned this Quote of the Day post. There’s […]

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I don’t know art. I’m not even sure I know what I like. But the simple fact that I don’t understand it is reason enough to study the matter. This past month I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona. While I was there I went through the Picasso museum. If you’re looking for the elusive dividing line between art and supercilious nonsense Picasso is a good man to study.

Man in a Beret

This was painted by Picasso at age 14. This? This is clearly art, and good art too. A photograph tells you what a guy looks like. A portrait does that, but (if it’s executed well) it tells you something about the subject’s character. This guy has had a hard life. He’s not to impressed with anything anymore, or anyone, especially this punk kid painting his picture.

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“He drinks because of you.” Even knowing now what I didn’t know then, the claim stinks of false blame, though youth and beauty are said to have great power over those who admire them. Young I was. But beautiful? Not really, I thought. A great many budding young women are kept far too busy frantically scrambling to keep the less-beautiful parts of puberty from turning their bodies into an embarrassment to take the extra step of deliberately using their bodies to gain power over others. Some girls absolutely are Machiavellian little minxes equipped to use “sexiness” to manipulate others before they’re even old enough to drive. Other girls are as absolutely not: these latter are innocents in a society that still claims (however implausibly) to value innocence. And of course, gals come in all stages in between.

Toddlers are innocent. Toddlers are hilarious – and destructive – because they haven’t yet figured out their own agency. Our own toddler likes nothing better than to make something “happen” – but he has little idea what, or why. He’s more powerful than he knows, which adds to the havoc. Much innocence comes from simply not knowing yet what the hell you’re doing. While babies’ innocence of basic motor coordination, language, literacy, and social skills is cute, it’s not inherently valuable. Indeed, the quicker children outgrow that kind of innocence, the better. But we do value youngsters’ sexual innocence. We also value young adults’ sexual agency. Puberty is sexual toddlerhood, only we’d really rather not have our teens exploring the world with their genitals the way toddlers do with their mouths. Fortunately, children are, at least in theory, quite grown up in other ways by the time puberty hits; in theory, able to apply lessons they’ve learned about their agency in other spheres to sexual agency; in theory, able to use reason to assert their sexual agency while maintaining their sexual innocence. In practice, though, developing sexual agency while maintaining innocence is tricky, especially absent wise counsel.

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Hiding in plain sight. Golf courses are often in cities or suburbs, and may be behind a gate, for Members Only. I don’t play golf, but in the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be able to tag along with the golfers, and take pictures. A couple of years ago, my husband […]

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White is beautiful. Among the cultures within the Asia-Pacific region, white skin translates to feminine beauty, desirability and class. From China to India, Korea to Thailand, white or pale skin is an obsession among the fairer sex. Before you think Malaysian girls and Chinese gals want to be White, no, they do not want to be White; they do not want to look White. They just want white skin.

Women from these cultures go to crazy lengths to get white skin. In Vietnam, women shun sunlight like vampires. When out in the sun, they cover themselves from heads to toe with hats, face masks, big sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts, and umbrellas. Arm-length gloves are a must, and in a tropical climate that is just self-torture. Morning joggers/runners wrap their bodies in swathing fabric like mummies. Also, sunbathing is unthinkable, though Chinese beach goers recently cracked that particular problem with full body suits and masks. Burkini has got nothing on the face-kini!

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Lutherans probably beat out even the Anglican communion when it comes to active liturgical worship. While it’s not exactly true that Lutherans are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, the congregation in a Lutheran church is expected to do more than just hunker down in silence. No, silent hunkering is only for those periods of worship where silent hunkering is required – in which case Lutherans are really quite good at it. The rest of the time, though, Lutherans are expected to do stuff. Read together, sing together, pray together. To this day, my lapsed Lutheran family thinks there’s something “papist” about worship services where the congregation can get by without singing.

In a previous post, I described how, even when art strives to imitate nature, it produces something more than just nature, and I used this imitation of nature as an example:

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I don’t often find it difficult to come up with something to write about. But, as a few people have already said this month, the topic of “Beauty” has been a tough one. And the posts so far have covered so many aspects of the subject, so well, that it’s become even more difficult as […]

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you search for “the most beautiful thing in the world”, the two most common things that come up are love and nature. Searching for “beautiful” or “beauty” shows plenty of pictures and quotes about women, children, animals, love, nature, and anything else you can possibly imagine. It’s impossible to narrow down the most beautiful thing in the world because everyone has their own idea of beauty.

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This month’s Group Writing topic, “Beauty,” stumped me, initially. Until I recalled a nugget of family lore that Mom Panjandrum shared with me during a difficult time: I’ve had many experiences that did plenty to convince me that I was anything but beautiful – inside or out. The late-tween/early-teen years were particularly bumpy in this regard. One day, when the valley seemed forever deep, Mom P. said: “I have something to show you…”. She parked me in the master bedroom, took something from her jewelry box, and settled in her favorite chair.

The story begins with my Mom’s childhood friend N, for whom I’m named. The two shared birthday celebrations, sleepovers, fan club welcomes for favorite film and music stars of the era who came to town, and an out-of-state trip for Mom P. to visit when N.’s family moved. This closeness flourished — from grammar school through high school graduation — when life took them in different directions: Mom P. to training as an RN/OR nurse; N. to hospitality/property management (with a lifelong enjoyment of drawing and photography.) N’s grandmother, Mrs. O. kept her up-to-date with hometown news like my early arrival and naming.

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My brother states that the fact I had daughters confirms for him that there is Karmic Justice in this universe. Maybe. More

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