A Quick Reminder

A Quick Reminder

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A magazine inspired by a poet…why did the poet imagine his house so bleak?

House Beautiful, January 1934

Vintage magazine “House Beautiful” combined with “Home & Field” published in January 1934.

 

 

A magazine patterned after a poem…and thank goodness for that! The original title of “House Beautiful” magazine was inspired by the following poem written by Robert Louis Stevenson:

 

“The House Beautiful”

A naked house, a naked door,

A shivering pool before its door,

A garden bare of flowers and fruit,

And poplars at the garden foot;

Such is the place I live in,

Bleak without and bare within.

Stevenson's den in Samoa

Robert Louis Stevenson’s house in Samoa seemed far from bleak! Perhaps Stevenson’s imagination changed the vision that he insisted was his home. 

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And so…House Beautiful magazine was created. Eugene Klapp was a civil engineer in Chicago who had an eye for home design and home improvement. He was an early DIY devotee long before the term DIY was even created.  In December of 1896, Klapp created House Beautiful, a women’s magazine dedicated to interior design, architecture and gardening. For financial help in beginning the magazine, Klapp sought the help of his friend Henry Blodgett Harvey.

 

 

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And bleak and bare houses became an impetus to imagine and create pleasant and pleasing home environments. We send our gratitude to Robert Louis Stevenson for his influence!

 

 

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During the subsequent years, House Beautiful changed publishers several times and changed editors multiple times. With each change, the magazine adapted to the varied interests of the readers. House Beautiful began as an architectural and decorative magazine, but soon added sections for furniture styles,  emerging home design, housekeeping and the inevitable do-it-yourself projects. Starting in 1904, House Beautiful became a bit controversial with a series of articles titled:

 

“The Poor Taste of the Rich: A Series of Articles Which Show that Wealth Is Not Essential to the Decoration of a House, and That the Homes of Many of Our Richest Citizens are Furnished in Exerable Taste”

 

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This room could be an opulent style candidate!

 

The articles included multiple pictures of the “poor taste” houses that the editors had in mind and even named the owners of the houses. The decor of such houses was blatantly called “ostentatious”!  Most of the readership liked the articles and the circulation of House Beautiful grew!

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By the time the January of 1934 issue of House Beautiful was published, the magazine was owned by the New York based International Company…a division of the Hearst Corporation. The magazine continued to be a formidable competition for similar magazines through World War II and beyond. By 1964, House Beautiful was said to be…

“Fat with advertising,  used color lavishly , and maintained its original principle of sensible spending for good construction and furnishings”.

 

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House Beautiful strives to maintain their dynamic and original philosophy: “to always be warm and welcoming, to inspire, to surprise and delight, and always be engaging and fun”…according to Hearst Integrated Media.

 

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Robert Louis Stevenson inspired a magazine to bring a sense of peaceful  sanctuary into the home environment.

 

Construction>>>>>>>Useful!!

Design>>>>>>>>>>>>>Simple!!

 Decoration>>>>>>>>>Tasteful!!

 

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*****After 118 years of publication, House Beautiful must be doing something really right!*****

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/gratitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counting From One to Three.

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Singer/songwriter David Brozaexpresses his innermost feelings about the struggle for peace in his critically acclaimed 2014 album, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.

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East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem with David Broza. The album and coordinating short film co-produced by my cousin, Steve Earle. David Broza and Steve Earle…serious thinkers and seriously talented people.

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David Broza and Steve Earle

The struggle for peace exudes through our world…across hills and mountains and valleys…across borders near and far. It seems that peace has somehow become an illusion…a commodity that is deeply hidden in the mire of political as well as societal differences. It is said that music is the universal language, the essential and common language…the language that can bring people together from across the spectrum. I believe in the possibility that the previous statement is true…DavidBroza evidently holds the same belief. 

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“ONE TO THREE”

LYRICS

Don’t want to preach to no one tonight

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Counting From One to Three.

 

Singer/songwriter David Broza expresses his innermost feelings about the struggle for peace in his critically acclaimed 2014 album, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.

David Broza one

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem with David Broza. The album and coordinating short film co-produced by my cousin, Steve Earle. David Broza and Steve Earle…serious thinkers and seriously talented people.

Steve with David Broza

David Broza and Steve Earle

The struggle for peace exudes through our world…across hills and mountains and valleys…across borders near and far. It seems that peace has somehow become an illusion…a commodity that is deeply hidden in the mire of political as well as societal differences. It is said that music is the universal language, the essential and common language…the language that can bring people together from across the spectrum. I believe in the possibility that the previous statement is true…David Broza evidently holds the same belief. 

david broza two

 

“ONE TO THREE”

LYRICS

Don’t want to preach to no one tonight
Just want to tell my tale
When the sun will rise tomorrow
It will shed a light on some facts from hell

Clouds are floating in the sky
Shift the mood so fast
Just like on the streets of Jerusalem
Where quiet’s not meant to last

I going to find you tonight
I’m going to count from one to three
I will feel the peace within me
With you right here next to me

I was born into this reality
I was brought up with a war
That doesn’t mean I must accept it
Don’t wanna fight no more

Young people from all over
Stray off and cross the lines
                         It’s a dialogue that we’re seeking                        And we’re running out of time

 

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The words to the song, “One to Three” are a sad reality. Broza seems to be saying that peace can possibly be reached through people talking freely and openly about their differences. There is fear. There is intimidating behavior. It seems that there is a lack of trust on each side of any disagreement. Naive? Perhaps. However, beginning with the language of music is a beginning that should not be ignored where any bit of hope exists.

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/express/

 

B&W Photo Challenge Reveal!

My portion of the B&W Photo Challenge is completed! Through the process, I found myself remembering the many hours that I spent in the photo lab in college. I was so thrilled to learn how to develop film and how to take B&W pictures that would pop on the newspaper page. 

 

Evidently, I forgot everything that I learned in the darkroom! I still have my favorite photos from college (naturally!)  …the ones that I enlarged and mounted. I have no idea what I thought I would do with those mounted pictures! When I get the nerve, I will look at them again! I think that they are in the attic…what a very risky thought!

 

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THE REVEAL OF MY ORIGINAL PHOTOS…

 

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Day #1…Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri.

 

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Day #2…Our son’s 1958 Chevrolet ApacheTruck.

 

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Day #3…Halloween (very loud) owl in the tree.

 

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Day #4…Top of wooden covered bridge at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri.

 

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Day #5…Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

 

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Day #6…Card from one of my Kindergarten students.

 

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Day #7…Fence post at our farm with barn in the background.

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/risky/

Seven Days. Seven B&W Photos… Challenge #7.

Fun!! I have been challenged

by…

 Miriam Hurdle at

The Shower of Blessings

to participate in the…

Seven Days…Seven B&W

Photos Challenge! 

 

 

This challenge is to post seven black and white photos…no people, no explanation …photos of everyday life…for seven consecutive days. You will need to challenge one new blogger each day!

 

This is my Day #7 Photo…

 

 

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Today I challenge…

 

https://thelifeofangela.com

 

Have fun!!!

 

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Visit Miriam Hurdle’s wonderful blog… 

 

     https://theshowerofblessings.wordpress.com

Seven Days. Seven B&W Photos… Challenge #6

Fun!! I have been challenged

by…

 Miriam Hurdle at

The Shower of Blessings

to participate in the…

Seven Days…Seven B&W

Photos Challenge! 

 

 

This challenge is to post seven black and white photos…no people, no explanation …photos of everyday life…for seven consecutive days. You will need to challenge one new blogger each day!

 

This is my Day #6 Photo…

 

 

door five

 

Today I challenge…

 

https://asmileinmyshoes.com

 

Have fun!!!

 

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Visit Miriam Hurdle’s wonderful blog… 

https://theshowerofblessings.wordpress.com