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Sunday, 22, June, 2008

Tasha Tudor Dies at 92

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Author/illustrator Tasha Tudor is dead at age 92.  She was known for her folk-art style of delecate watercolours.  One of my favourite books of hers was Take Joy, her Christmas book titled after the Fra Giovanni poem.

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you
which you have not;
but there is much, that while I cannot give,
you can take.
No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take Heaven.
No peace lies in the future
which is not hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace.
The gloom of the world
is but a shadow,
behind it, yet, within our reach,
is joy.
Take Joy.
And so, at this Christmas time,
I greet you,
with the prayer that for you,
now and forever, the day breaks
and the shadows flee away.

–Fra Giovanni, A.D. 1513

Tuesday, 17, June, 2008

R.I.P. Cyd

Filed under: In Memoriam — williamthecoroner @ 21:50
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Cyd Cherisse is dead at 86. I was very impressed with her perfomance in Singin In The Rain. I have noticed that dancers tend to live longer than most other stars, perhaps because they’re atheletes who don’t smoke.
Here’s a video from which the still is taken

Friday, 6, June, 2008

6 June 1944

Filed under: History — williamthecoroner @ 12:34
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On 6 June 1944, American, British, Canadian, and Allied forces landed on the shores of Fortress Europe.  Some encountered very little opposition, and some were in the fight of their lives.  This was the beginning of the end, raising a the cloud that had shrouded Europe since 1933.  Their actions helped put an end to facist militarism that had scourged Europe and help rebuild it, holding back another totalitarian movement that killed even more people.

Born from 1910-1928 or so, WWII was this generation’s time for the last full measure of devotion.  I’ve met people with numbers tattooed on their arms.  Best not to forget.

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