Monday, October 17, 2016

Skeletal Remains

I have a neighbor who has apparently lost their mind and believes that any trash you toss off the balcony goes straight to the garbage heap. 

Where it has been going is my porch.

Trash, hair bands, forgotten little toys, plastic cups, miniature marshmallows and on Sunday morning a skeleton. 

A glossy black skeleton. 

Laying on the cold cement, facing my door as though he was watching for me to come to the window or out the door. It is as if some Voodoo is being worked for the benefit of someone else. 

My inspiration this week is the skeleton that still lies on my porch as a warning to others who may decide to send trash and unwanted items out into the great Beyond. 

Enjoy Skeletal Remains.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Isabella l of Castile

Today we celebrate Columbus Day which was a very big deal ages ago when I lived in Columbus Ohio.

Many people are focusing on the Columbus part of this event. But I would like to take a look at Isabella I of Castile.

She was born on the 22nd of April 1451 to John II of Castile and Isabella of Portugal. Isabella became third in line of succession after her brother Alfonso was born.

When her brother Henry ascended the throne her, her mother and Alfonso were banished to Arevalo which was then a remote area of Castile. They were left with little money and basically forgotten. Isabella's mother insisted on educating her two children because the will of GOD was greater than the will of King Henry.

Statue of Isabelle of Castile by Bigarny

Isabella quickly learned the ways of court when Henry moved her to Segovia. She was intelligent, quick witted, deeply religious and artistic. She paid attention to strategy for war, how to compromise, when to give in and when not to. By the time she married Ferdinand she had developed an enormous talent for negotiations.

In 1492 Isabella has agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus and a year later he returns with gold, natives, and an Island he named San Salvador.

The enslaving of the natives of the Americas was the beginning of the end of Queen Isabella's support of Christopher. In her mind the natives were subjects of the Castilian Crown and therefore could not be enslaved.

In her later years Isabella suffered the loss of children, grandchildren and vowed to wear black the remainder of her life. On 26 November 1504 she died.

This week Isabella I of Castile.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Don Quixote

“...for hope is always born at the same time as love...” 
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote 
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Eduardo Balaca

Don't you love this? Don't you wish to believe this? It is true you know... I always started with hope ... but then I always end with hope too. A different hope but hope none the less.

Next week I am going to see Don Quixote. I have loved this character since I was a child and viewed my friends as my Sancho Panza; and since I was a Mother and my children were Sancho Panza and now I am Sancho Panza to one of them.
‘The Adventures of Don Quixote De La Mancha’', illustrated by William Heath Robinson.

I think we are a wee little bit of both of them.

This week enjoy Don Quixote.