This is a lamassu from the Palace of Sargon II in Khorsbad. I viewed it at the Oriental Institute in Chicago. My newest book is a Young Adult story about the relationship among three teenagers at a local high school. Each one has a different problem. How each one resolves it is the crux of the book. Through an unexpected visit to the Oriental Institute, the three develop a passion to learn more about the history behind this forty thousand pound colossus. I wanted this to be a book about real teenagers and their interactions rather than the more common fantasy story of today.
I just returned from a trip to Nova Scotia. It was beautiful. I discovered that Longfellow wrote his epic poem, Evangeline, about a young woman in Nova Scotia who devoted her life to finding her long lost love. I bought a copy of the book and highly recommend it for its descriptions about the landscapes and people in this lush, verdant country.
I showed this piece to women in the Naperville Newcomers group yesterday when I gave a powerpoint presentation about Western Art. I think this is a precious sculpture from the portal of a cathedral in Paris. The women in the Newcomers group were so interested and interesting. Most had traveled the world and seen many of the works of art about which I spoke.
I just went to Palm Springs and imagined how life was for the Native Americans who lived here with the palms and desert until the early 1900s. Then I went to an art exhibit in Palm Springs about Edward Curtis who photographed Native Americans over one hundred years ago—showing them in the desert. What a guy! Travelling around with his camera from group to group. I thought of writing about him.
This was done in the early 1900s and looks like it could be a Native American in the Palm Springs desert.
Standing on a ridge of the Bavarian Alps, the Renaissance’s greatest woodcut artist, Albrecht Dürer, is torn between responsibility and infatuation. Below him lie Venice and the vibrant woman he just met. Ahead of him is Nuremberg, where he and his wife make their home.
If you want to find out how Dürer resolves his problem and at the same time learn about art, history, and interesting locations, I invite you to read Across the Alps.
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This girl named Meme reads all the time and loves to write things down. I spoke with an art history class at College of DuPage about “Duccio and the Maestà,” and the girl’s mother who was in the class asked me to meet with her daughter. Young Meme is quite a motivated, intelligent girl who likes to learn.