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Sunflowers

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In December 1888 van Gogh wrote: “Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but—he likes mine better. I don’t agree.” But Vincent, I must agree with Gauguin. Monet captures their beauty but you’ve captured their pain, their […]

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Why do I love New York

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  Why do I love New York, why I love New York. A crowd is always gathered around Starry Night. Museum admission asks what you can afford—and with a UN badge is no cost. The sun and shade in Central Park as people gather to watch everyone and no one, wrapped around a fountain and […]

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Christmas Day Tornado

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Youtube of Christmas Day Tornado   On Christmas Day 2006, while at the Shield’s Petoskey house I received an urgent phone call from a colleague at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University‘s Language Program, Kim Hardiman: “Scott, I’m outside your apartment building. A tornado may or may not have destroyed your unit. Turn on the TV. I gotta […]