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10th May

Antique Maps of Iceland. 'All antique maps of Iceland (older than 1900) that are in the collection of the National and University Library of Iceland have been converted to a digital format and are accessible here. The library does not have all maps of Iceland before this date but would like to be able to display them all. Therefore those who know of maps that are not shown here are kindly asked to send a note to the library. A short historical description in Icelandic and English is available for every map. '

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. 'From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany's government led by Adolf Hitler promoted a nationalism that combined territorial expansion with claims of biological superiority—an "Aryan master race"—and virulent antisemitism. Driven by a racist ideology legitimized by German scientists, the Nazis attempted to eliminate all of Europe's Jews, ultimately killing six million in the Holocaust. Many others also became victims of persecution and murder in the Nazis' campaign to cleanse German society of individuals viewed as threats to the "health" of the nation ... '

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust.

Seokguram. 'Overlooking the East Sea far ahead beyond the mountain ridges from the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, Seokguram stands as a proud testimony to Korea's brilliant tradition of classical Buddhist sculpture. A small but noble pantheon of divinities symbolizing Buddhist philosophy and aestheticism, the eighth-century cave temple is a structure of sublime beauty culminating religious belief, science and fine arts which flowered in the golden age of Asian art. Seokguram is located near the tummit of Mt. Tohamsan, east of the historic city of Gyeongju, capital of the Silla dynasty (57B.C.-A.D.935) ... '

Monkey Trial. 'In 1925, a biology teacher named John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in defiance of Tennessee state law. His trial became an epic event of the twentieth century, a debate over free speech that spiraled into an all-out duel between science and religion. Featuring two of the century's greatest orators, attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, the Scopes trial was America's first major media event, with hundreds of reporters and live nationwide radio coverage dispersing the sensational news. Outside the courthouse, a circus atmosphere prevailed as a chimpanzee in a suit and hat vied with fire-and-brimstone preachers for the crowd's attention. Monkey Trial explores the dramatic moment when a new fault line opened in society as scientific discoveries began to challenge the literal truth of the Bible. Often humorous and at times frightening, the story of two value systems colliding resonates today.'

Murder at Harvard. 'In November 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston's richest citizens, suddenly disappeared. The police conducted an extensive search of the city and dredged the Charles River. Parkman had last been seen walking towards the Harvard Medical College. The Medical School's janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, who had a suspicion where Parkman might be found, spent two grueling nights tunneling beneath a basement laboratory looking for clues. What he discovered horrified Boston and led to one of the most sensational trials in American history.'

Murder of the Century. 'In 1906, the murder of Stanford White, New York architect and man-about-town, by Harry Thaw, heir to a Pittsburgh railroad fortune, was reported "to the ends of the civilized globe"; much of the focus, however, was on Evelyn Nesbit, the beautiful showgirl in the center of the love triangle. It was a sensational murder story that had everything: money, power, class, love, rage, lust and revenge.'

The Zoot Suit Riots. 'In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican-American man ignited a firestorm in the City of the Angels. In no time at all, ethnic and racial tensions that had been building up over the years boiled over. Police fanned out across the city in a dragnet that netted 600 Mexican Americans. Among those accused of murder was a young "zoot-suiter" named Hank Leyvas -- the poster boy for an entire generation of rebellious Mexican kids who refused to play by the old rules. As he and sixteen other boys headed to trial, the mood of the city turned violent. The deck was stacked against the defendants, and a verdict of guilty would spark a series of brutal riots. The convictions were ultimately overturned, but the city and its inhabitants would be forever changed.'

Under New York. Urban speleology.

Late Eighteenth Century American Drawings. 'As it was in painting, American draftsmanship before 1800 was dominated by portraiture. Among the earliest examples of the genre were in the medium of pastel, imported into the American colonies as far back as the first decade of the 1700s and best exemplified by the extensive production of one of this country's first notable female artists, Henrietta Johnston (ca. 1674–1729). A descendant of French Huguenots who lived successively in England and Ireland, Johnston emigrated to Charlestown, South Carolina, where she continued the pastel practice begun in Dublin after the death of her first husband ... '

G.F. Handel dot org. 'G.F. Handel was the consummate, 18th-century traveler, artiste, and entrepreneur. He was an independent and strong-willed individual, and although he was approached several times by royal patrons to become their court composer, Handel was hesitant to professionally "settle down" until he was offered a position commensurate with the status he felt he deserved ... '

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. "I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it."
'This statement by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, reported by one of his early biographers, in many ways sums up the man whose dreams of antiquity so often surpassed reality, from his earliest etchings of architectural fantasies to the fanciful restorations of ancient remains that he produced at the end of his career ... '

The Japanese Blade. 'The forging of a Japanese sword is a subtle and careful process, an art that has developed over the centuries as much in response to stylistic and aesthetic considerations as to technical improvements. To fashion these blades, the smith not only must possess physical strength, but also patience, dexterity, and a refined eye for the limits of the material and the beauty of a finished sword.'

Art of the Asante Kingdom. 'In the seventeenth century, the region of West Africa known as the Gold Coast (modern Ghana) was dotted with several small-scale principalities populated by peoples belonging to the Akan cultural group. Linked by trade routes, a shared language, and similar belief systems, these states nonetheless remained separate entities until the early eighteenth century, when Asante, an inland kingdom ruled by a chief named Osei Tutu, embarked on a process of territorial expansion that united them as one kingdom. By 1750, Asante had become a large empire whose borders were roughly congruent with those of Ghana today. Developing an inclusive model of leadership that emphasized points of similarity and adopted traditions from throughout the territory for courtly use, Osei Tutu promoted unity among the peoples over whom he ruled and cultivated a strong national identity that has remained to the present day ... '

Velazquez. 'Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, the most admired—perhaps the greatest—European painter who ever lived, possessed a miraculous gift for conveying a sense of truth. He gave the best of his talents to painting portraits, which capture the appearance of reality through the seemingly effortless handling of sensuous paint ... '

Carpets from the Islamic World.

8th May

Kathy Kelly: May Day in Federal Prison. 'It's Saturday morning, May 1, 2004, and women here at Pekin Federal Prison Camp who watched CNN news feel indignant about the way Iraqi prisoners have been treated by US military guards. "Did you see those pictures?" Ruth asked. What in the world is going on over there?" '
'The news coverage they watched had photo-ops from last year's May Day, when President George Bush triumphantly boarded a USS Carrier ship to declare "Mission Accomplished," juxtaposed with the recently released ghastly photos of US military members apparently enjoying degradation and torture of Iraqi prisoners ... '

Red Cross Says Repeatedly Warned U.S. on Iraq Jail.

Wacked! Paintings by Menno Krant. Via gmtPlus9.

Cuban Propaganda Posters Uncensored. Via Blort.

Trash Cans of India. Via Incoming Signals.

Wesley Willis Art. Via Incoming Signals.

Insect Journal. Observations of insects. Fantastic. Via Reflections in D Minor.

SpiderBlog. Weblog about spiders. Via Reflections in D Minor.

Peter Ackroyd's London. 'Author Peter Ackroyd explores the mysterious personality of London in a three-part series. ' Fascinating.

Legends and Romances of Spain, 1920.

Seeking Illumination: Monastic Manuscripts 800-1200. 'From about 800 to 1200 monasteries functioned as the primary guardians of art and scholarship throughout Europe. Although these religious institutions were physically secluded, their scribes and illuminators created luxurious manuscripts for both the Church and the most powerful political leaders of the day ... '

Nepalese Paintings.

US Army Report on Iraqis in Abu Ghraib Prison.

Alpha Shade. Online comic about war.

Astrophotography by Anthony Ayiomamitis.

War Letters. 'Based on newly discovered personal correspondence from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War, War Letters brings to life vivid eyewitness accounts of famous battles, intimate declarations of love and longing, poignant letters penned just before the writer was killed, and heartbreaking "Dear John" letters from home.'

A Chef and His Library. 'Chef Fritz Blank's culinary library helps to illustrate how a homegrown Jersey boy became one of America's foremost French chefs. Since surviving a 1987 Dumpster fire that otherwise gutted Blank's original location of his restaurant, Deux Cheminées, his collection has grown to over 10,000 volumes of cookery books plus recipe pamphlets, menus and other culinary ephemera. '
'A Chef & His Library examines a paper trail of the influences--from his grandmother's cooking lessons to his career as a clinical microbiologist--that shaped Blank's culinary education and sensibilities. "My library may not be the biggest or the best or the most antiquarian," says Blank, "But it does reflect my tastes." '
'Blank's egalitarian collecting embraces a range of culinary books from scholarly and esoteric to mundane and even downright tacky. Here a 1627 banquet book written by a papal household steward shares billing with a 2001 Hooter's pocket menu and a cooking manual for Navy cooks.'

Agents Wanted: Subscription Publishing in America. 'A period of brisk expansion and change, the nineteenth century saw the population of the country shift westward, away from previous centers of publishing and distribution. Upwardly mobile Americans viewed literacy, through which they learned about the wider world and developed as individuals and citizens, as essential to their mobility. Moreover, a developing American identity required nurture. Works by American authors which spoke on American themes and to American concerns could easily be marketed, publishers hoped, to such an audience. Improvements in transportation and print technology accompanied these social and cultural changes over the course of the century, making all types of reading matter increasingly quicker and cheaper to produce and distribute. Economies of scale, made possible by new printing technologies, in conjunction with cheaper paper and binding materials, greatly reduced the costs of producing large and inexpensive editions of books. Stereotyped plates both reduced the expense of reprinting and allowed for the distribution of plates to all parts of the country. New and cheaper methods of illustration increased their use in all forms of print, making them more appealing to prospective customers ...'

Household Words: Women Write For and From the Kitchen. 'My own interest in cookbooks--both manuscript and printed--began with a chance discovery several years ago. While browsing in an antique shop, I stumbled across a book of writings. At first glance, the book reminded me of a journal or a volume of poetry. When I looked more closely, I discovered that what I had found was a collection of recipes. What was most intriguing about this handwritten volume with a section of clipped recipes pasted onto the pages of what had once been a telephone directory w as the absence of the writer's name. After I bought the book for a dollar--the shop owner was reluctant even to ask for that much money--I returned home and searched it for a clue to its writer's identity. I found none. I wondered how many women had kept recipe books such as these. And for what purposes did they keep them? What role did such writing play in women's lives? I was struck not only by the recipes, their titles and ingredients but by the other information contained in the book. Letters, poems, loose recipes on used scraps of paper, devotional texts, a list of books and rhymes, and several pages of names and addresses of people unknown to me and in unspecified relationships to the writer. Perhaps it was a church group or members of a choir? What was unsettling to me was that although I could conjecture something about this woman's life--her participation in some religious or church-related activity, her social network, that she had children and a husband. I did not know who she was. I wondered how many books like this were anonymous; how many had been discarded, lost or destroyed because they were considered unimportant; how many were written intended for publication or were they most often to be kept in families and given as lega cies to children; were some of them meant to signal class and rank and act as symbols of wifely and maternal devotion. Were they read? And if so, by whom?...'

"And Touch the Universal Heart...": The Appeal of James Whitcomb Riley. 'Indiana is proud of its "National Poet." The first official public celebration occurred in 1915 when Governor Samuel Moffett Ralston decreed October 7th as Riley Day. The state celebration swept across the country as the National Commissioner of Education issued instructions for a nationwide observance in all public schools. A birthday dinner in honor of the Poet was held in Indianapolis and attended by four hundred people. Many admirers were turned away and telegrams from countless well-wishers were cabled, including one from President Woodrow Wilson. To mark the event, a special birthday edition of Riley's Poems Here at Home was published and distributed to attendees. '
'Riley's death on July 22, 1916 prompted a second proclamation by Ralston thus continuing the commemoration of Riley's birthday and influence. A special medallion was minted. The 1948 proclammation for the centennial anniversary celebration was issued by Governor Ralph Fesler Gates. On February 25, 1998 the Indiana State Legislature passed a resolution designating the period from October 7, 1998 to October 7, 1999 as "The Year of Riley" in observance of the Sesquicentennial of the Poet's birth. The Riley Old Home in conjunction with the Greenfield Sesquicentennial Committee issued sets of commemorative coins to mark the occasion. '

Wildscenes. British wildlife and landscape photography by John Gardner. Galleries here.

And We Have Revealed To You: Jewish Biblical Interpretation in a Comparative Context. 'Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all peoples of "the book," that is, Scripture believed to be the revealed word of God. What defines each of these religious cultures, however, is not only their common heritage in the Biblical past but the distinctive traditions that each of them has developed for interpreting the Bible and what they believed to be its message and meaning. Indeed, it is the different ways in which they have interpreted the Bible that have decisively shaped the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And all too often, perhaps, their different understandings of the Bible have also determined and complicated the tangled relations of these religious communities with each other...'

Einstein House Bern. 'The flat on the second floor of Kramgasse No. 49 was rented by Albert Einstein from 1903 to 1905. It has been restored in the style of that period to reflect Einstein's stay in Bern. The site is open to the public ... '

Karyukai. A site about geisha. 'Karyukai means "Flower and Willow World", a poetic term for the society of the Geisha ... '

7th May

Turning Earth: From a Small Yorkshire Garden. 'Why 'turning earth'? Firstly in recognition of all the earth I turned while making my garden.'
'Also because gardening has put me in tune with the turning of the seasons. Making a garden, and maintaining it, and simply watching it develop, makes the beauty of each season more apparent. Having a small piece of land that I can call "my garden" has been a constant source of joy.'

Mandala Sand Painting: Creating an Enlightened World. 'This mandala sand painting is a gift to New York City from the Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery to commemorate the tragic events of September 11 and to honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama...'

Ancient Maps of Jerusalem. 'Jerusalem, the holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has been the focus of numerous volumes of history, chronicles, biblical exegeses, and itineraries. Many of these works include maps and views of the city itself. These pictorial items increased in number continuously with the development of printing methods since the 17th century. Before the advent of print, maps of Jerusalem and other manuscripts of the city were often inscribed on vellum, or more rarely created as wall or floor mosaics. Since the first printed map of Jerusalem appeared in the late 15th century until the beginning of the nineteenth century, when maps began to be based on accurate surveys, more than 300 maps of Jerusalem were designed and printed.'
'Most maps of Jerusalem were not created to fill the utilitarian purpose of modern maps. They were not drawn to help travelers find their way. Some of them do not even depict the city as it existed. They served as a medium of conveying information, a viewpoint and a concept. This role of maps is not unique to the ancient maps of Jerusalem, but is characteristic of many maps, both current and past. However, the singular status of Jerusalem as a holy city, a focus of interest and of strong religious attraction, led to the creation of numerous maps depicting that city, more often through concepts rather than from a purely geographical aspect...'

20th Century Costume Photograph Collection. Galleries by decade. Fun to browse and chuckle over.

And the Oscar Went To... 'The Cleveland Public Library is proud to share a small portion of the W. Ward Marsh Motion Picture Collection. This collection of over 70,000 movie still photographs is housed in the Library's Photograph Collection. In addition to being fun to browse, the images are an excellent resource for those researching the history of cinema from 1915 through the 1970's. Many of these images are indexed and are retrievable by the name of the actor, studio, film or by genre such as Western, Comedy, or Musical. '
'Images included in this online exhibit represent the first 25 years of Oscar winning motion pictures and actors. In addition, those interested in print materials about the Oscars will find a bibliography to the Library's Oscar related resources. Of course, the Library's video collection offers patrons the opportunity to reserve and borrow all of the "Best Picture" winning films. A list of these films, along with links to each Library Catalog record, is included with this exhibit. '

Mail Art in Cleveland Public Library. 'Dogs don't bark at it, but when it's delivered to your mailbox, mail art is likely to create its own stir. It may be in the form of a plastic soda bottle with an address label attached or something conventional like a shape-poem written on lavender paper and capped with a rubberstamp of a skull and cross bones. As a conscious movement, mail art has been around since the early 1960s. By 2000, the mail art panoply of saints and sinners was well established ... '

Facts and Firsts in Cleveland's African American History. 'In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro (now African American) Life and History, designated the second week of February as Negro History Week. He wanted to commemorate the achievements of African Americans by encouraging teachers to educate their students about the little-known men and women of color whose accomplishments have so enriched American life...'

Postcards from the Parks of Cleveland's Past. Gallery.

William Morris Gallery. 'Selected Works and Photographs from the Gallery's Collection.' Arts & Crafts.

Edvard Munch. 'Edvard Munch, Norway's most popular artist, was a painter, lithographer, etcher, and wood engraver. He is looked upon as one of the most significant influences on the development of German and Central European expressionism. Munch's convulsed and tortuous art was formed by the misery and conflicts of his time, and, even more important, by his own unhappy life. Childhood tragedy, intense and dramatic love affairs, alcoholism, and ceaseless traveling are reflected in his works, particularly in paintings like The Sick Child, The Scream, and Vampire. Munch's pictures show his social awareness and his tendency to express, as in Puberty, many of the basic fears and anxieties of mankind.'

America's Jazz Heritage 'is a ten-year initiative to research, preserve, and present the history of jazz through exhibitions, performances, recordings, radio, publications, and educational programs at the Smithsonian and across the nation.'
Duke Ellington.
Louis Armstrong.

A Look at Chinese Painting. 'On April 6, 1437, Yang Rong, a high-ranking scholar-official serving the emperor of China, invited eight important officials and dignitaries to his famous garden to view paintings and calligraphy, compose poetry, and play chess. One of these invited officials is seen above, brush in hand, poised to write a poem on the paper unrolled on the table before him. Two other guests admire a painting in the format of a hanging scroll. The servant on the left is readying another hanging scroll for viewing while two more hanging scrolls lie rolled up on the low table beside him. Yang Rong served at the court of five successive emperors, rising to the rank of grand secretary, the highest official position in the Ming dynasty court. '
'In this feature you will have an opportunity to look closely at and learn more about a number of Chinese paintings and calligraphies (brush writings). Just think of yourself as a guest at this party, composing a poem or taking an imaginary journey through a distant landscape by examining a painting, as these gentlemen are doing. '

Lucas Cranach the Elder. 'German painter (b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)'. Biblican nudes, portraits etc.

Olympia. Greek Ministry of Culture site. 'One of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the gods Olympian Zeus. Olympia is the birth-place of the Olympic Games and also where they were held. The area, of great natural beauty, has been inhabited uninterruptedly since the 3rd millenium B.C. and in the late Mycenaean period it became a religious centre ... '

Karma Encampment Style Tibetan Painting.

Death Penalty Focus of California. Anti-death penalty site. 'As long as there is a death penalty, the possibility exists that innocent Americans will be wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. Condemned to die in 1987, Greg Wilhoit spent five years on death row for a crime he did not commit.'

6th May

Al Hirschfeld. 'For almost 75 years in The New York Times, Al Hirschfeld's line drawings captured the vividness of American theater. A self-described "characterist," Hirschfeld (1903 - 2003) said his contribution was to take the character, created by the playwright and portrayed by the actor, and to reinvent it for the reader. His drawings, which often appeared before a show opened, gave many readers their first look at Broadway's newest offerings. This archive is a selection of works published in The Times. '
Via MeFi.

Food Porn Watch. Weblogs all about food! Via MeFi.

Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights. 'Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) was a Soviet physicist who became, in the words of the Nobel Peace Committee, a spokesman for the conscience of mankind. He was fascinated by fundamental physics and cosmology, but first he spent two decades designing nuclear weapons. He came to be regarded as the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, contributing perhaps more than anyone else to the military might of the USSR. But gradually Sakharov became one of the regime's most courageous critics, a defender of human rights and democracy. He could not be silenced, and helped bring down one of history's most powerful dictatorships. This exhibit tells about Sakharov's extraordinary life.'

Citizen Kurchatov. 'Citizen Kurchatov is the story of a complex, world-class physicist who became the driving force behind the Soviet Union's race to develop the atomic bomb. It is the story of Igor Kurchatov, born in 1903, who, while not a child of the Russian revolution, believed it would lead to a bright future of scientific socialism. '
'Citizen Kurchatov is also the story of the extraordinary political forces that drove Kurchatov and his army of scientists to develop such a dangerous weapon under Stalin's repressive regime. Although Kurchatov was a scientist open to western ideas, he also flourished under the anti-western politics of his time. Stalin gave the atomic bomb effort a blank check, allowing Kurchatov to build an empire of technicians and installations stretching across the expanse of the Soviet Union. '
'Somehow Kurchatov managed to survive the tyrannical demands and deadly whims of his bosses Joseph Stalin and security chief Lavrenti Beria - one of the most feared men in Russia. Certainly Kurchatov erected his realm with Gulag labor, and waste from his sites often poisoned the surrounding land -- land of the country he strove to protect. Yet in the end, he spoke of peace and the removal of nuclear weapons. Did he seek repentance, or was Kurchatov the "consummate politician who, like a great actor, could play a role while hiding his true feelings?" '

Andrew and Janet McLean: Children's Literature Interview Series. From the State Library of Victoria.
'Janet and Andrew McLean have won acclaim for their picture books since their first book was published in 1978. '
'In an interview in November 1998 this successful husband and wife team discussed the body of their work and the evolution of words and pictures in the creation of their books. The interview was recorded at their home in Melbourne by Juliet O'Conor, Children's Literature Librarian at the State Library of Victoria with the assistance of Indra Kurzeme and Cath Herman from the Library's Experimedia Unit. '
Gallery of illustrations.

Buddhism and the Trade Routes. And art.
'The ancient trade routes running through Asia were the main arteries of communication and transport for international travelers. Along these routes, Buddhism and Buddhist artistic influences from various areas of India, the homeland of Buddhism, spread to the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and East Asia at different times and in varying degrees of intensity. Each wave of influence had its own specific elements that underwent a process of adaptation, adjustment, and reinterpretation by the genius of a particular area, resulting in images with pronounced ethnic and stylistic variations. Yet the commonalities among the works of Buddhist art in the Asia Society's collection, particularly their shared recognizable features and visible expressions of spiritual accomplishment, highlight the unifying role played by this Indian religion. '

Iraq Prison Photos Cartoons. A selection of cartoons from around the world. Liberty in chains.

All About George. Plep's blog de jour.

Turning the Tide: Noam Chomsky's Weblog.

Little Diary. Diary of an escort in Los Angeles.

Gothic & Romanesque Architecture. Many images of the buildings of Saint-Sernin at Toulouse and Amiens Cathedral.

Masaccio. Italian Renaissance artist. 'Masaccio's work influenced great artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raffaello, to name only the most famous, above all in the solutions they adopted when reproducing, as faithfully as possible, the theory of perspective which was taking form and substance in those very years. In this context it is worth remembering one of his most exceptional works, the fresco "La Trinitŕ" (the Trinity) to be found in the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence, where Masaccio ingeniuosly created a pictorial perspective which coincides with the eye of the observer so that we have the illusion of a space that does not in fact exist but which our eye, deceived, perceives as real ... '

The Religion of the Ancient Celts, 1911. 'This book, which appears for the first time on the Internet at, is one of the best scholarly treatments of the ancient Celtic religion. Written early in the 20th Century, Religion of the Ancient Celts includes extensive treatment of that perennially fascinating subject, the Druids ... '

More Than Meets the Eye: Japanese Art in the Asia Society Collection. 'In the spring of 1998, the Asia Society offered a rare opportunity to view Japanese art of the highest quality from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. '
'Here we present a virtual exhibition of more than 25 objects in the collection ... '

Remembering the Morning: World Trade Center Exhibit. Outsider art. 'Four artists...Matt Sesow, SpiLL, Alexander Kochan, and Cesar Paris Yarleque...have been invited to participate in an exhibition in New York City in memory of the people of America who did things big and small to hold this great country together during and after the Morning of September Eleventh ... '

Apocalyptic Art. Outsider art. 'Apocalyptic artists create visions from meaning, images from words. Their thinking steps out ahead of the rest of us, not in false pride but in a desire to show what they see. Here at we are honored to be involved in showing the work of Apocalyptic Artists to the world. Click the artists name.'

Backyard Road Sign Art Highway.

Ayyappa Cult. 'In present day India, especially in the southern parts, Lord Ayyappa of Shabarimala (in the state of Kerala) is worshipped with much devotion and fanfare. Devotees take a vow to fast for forty-one days, only eating light meals prepared to a strict code (no meats, no alcohol, no food cooked by women), and practicing abstinence. The devotees also wear black or holy clothing and undertake a pilgrimage to the temple of Shabarimala, often walking in barefoot ... '