Sunday, January 28, 2018

Beauty is a thing of joy

What is beauty, does it exist and why? 


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A florist finds beauty in a floral arrangement, a lover in a single rose, a naturalist in the smell, a child in a fresh picked daisy, the old find beauty in the daffodil as pokes its yellow head through the snow, the forlorn find beauty in the dainty violet pressed between the pages of a book, a cynic says its crazy, that we find beauty at all.

Though beauty is not something we can not touch, it is something to behold.

I confess I love to walk in the park in early spring and if by chance I spy the tiniest violet in bloom along the side of the path I walk, I smile. It is a thing of beauty, to be appreciated for its own sake, and for no other reason.

'Twas John Keats who said, the sylvan historian, who can't express a flowery tale more sweetly than the rhyme knows, 'Truth is beauty, beauty truth,' and that is all we know on earth and all we need to know.

So ignore the cynic and the scientist who try to reduce it to mere words. Beauty is a thing we feel and know.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The origins of Surrealism

 The origins of surrealism are not limited to when but where and the answer lies within,

The unconscious is the wellspring of the imagination. So said Sigmund Freud, but so too William Shakespeare: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Prospero to his daughter, The Tempest.

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If you enjoy that thought, you will enjoy these fanciful pictures from Propac Images by the artist Duh Hunyh.

See them now.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cheers to Santa!

Eartha Kitt is singing, Santa baby, ... hurry down the chimney tonight. Dads are dreaming of sports cars, moms of a quiet moment after the shopping is done, and the kids want anything and everything that is new and wonderful. Santa ought to be confused, but somehow he figures it all out.

Here is Chandler 4 Corners salute to Santa Claus. Available at Free shipping, arrives before Christmas if ordered by December 15th.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chandler 4 Corners throw pillows

Pillow hooking is an old American craft and an art where wool throw pillows are made by pulling loops of yarn through a discarded burlap bag. Making something out of nothing is an American tradition,

The craft goes back to Samuel Slater who had the idea for a new American industry, the cotton and woolen mills of New England. England prized its intellectual property and did not let it leave the country. Slater memorized the method of production while in England and brought it to America.

America calls him the "Father of American Industry," the British call him "Slater the Traitor."

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Name calling never solved anything, and Slater's mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island was a success.  He went on to build other mills across New England and got rich. Others followed. And soon New England was swimming in balls of yarn in every color of the rainbow. The by-product of the process was called thrum, and these short strands of wool and cotton found their way onto the floor of the factories.


Back then, America was not as enlightened as it is today. Children worked the mills, carding and culling the cotton and wool. And much to their delight, they pocketed the left over wool and brought it home. New England mothers, thrifty and wise, took the strands of wool and cotton, and wove it into empty burlap sacks.

From poverty an industry was born.

Chandler 4 Corners is a small company in Vermont with big ideas. It makes throw pillows and rugs in nostalgic and whimsical themes. Along with designer Laura Megroz, it offers hundreds of pillows to accent a chair, sofa, or bed.

Let's have fun we say. Shop for Chandler 4 Corners throw pillows online at Traditions Home.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pretty Room

We make rooms pretty. We make pretty rooms. Pretty are the rooms we make.

The word "Pretty" is from Old English prættiġ meaning “tricky, crafty, sly, cunning, wily, astute”.

Our interior design is no sly trick. It is a craft, an art which we apply astutely and lovingly.

Red Room

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Traditions Home wants to know:

Are you blue? 

A Personality Color Code tells you that if you are, then you are true, passionate, and creative.

The other personality colors are red, yellow, and white, allowing no possibility of the many shades and hues that fill up the rainbow of colors our world is filled with. Nor, does the code allow for the many shades of grey and white.

Maybe blue reminds you of the ocean waves and the deep blue sea, or the blue sky on a mountain side. Maybe blue is your favorite flower or the color of your true love’s eyes. Maybe, blue is the color of your baby's eyes. And maybe you like the way it rhymes with “you”.

The color code may not be accurate, but it makes us curious to wonder what pseudo-psychologist say about our blue fascination.

Blue as a metaphor

Blues are steady as the waves, ordered as the tides and enduring as the ocean. Blues love with a deep passion. They are the well-spring of our society, creators of our culture, ones who foster home and love. They are loyal and true blue in the most trying circumstances, even when clouds turn the skies grey.

They strive to be the very best.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Uncle Charlie flew a P-40, but never flew a Corsair

 “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience:
    this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

 “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
   J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter

My wife’s Uncle Charlie Miles, who served with the US Air Force in China during World War II, was once asked by a curious relative what airplanes he flew in the war. 

He replied, “Everything we made.”

Uncle Charlie’s claim was not a boast. In Chungking, China where he was stationed, Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Forces fought a desperate struggle for survival against Japanese forces advancing from the east and the south. Meanwhile, Mao Tse-tung’s Communist forces controlled the northern mountains.

US airmen in support of the Nationalist Army had to fly whatever plane was needed for the mission. This included the reliable C-47 cargo plane that flew “The Hump” bringing precious gasoline and ammunition over the Himalayan Mountains. It also included the fearsome P-40 fighter that kept the Japanese at bay while Chinese forces regrouped.

After going down the list of planes he flew, Uncle Charlie was asked if he flew the vaunted Corsair, the first fighter in the Pacific whose speed exceeded 400 mph.

Not one to miss a beat Charlie said, “Damn it, that’s a Navy plane.”

Vought F4U Corsair

In The Vought F4U Corsair was developed early in 1938 for the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, which needed to combine a small compact body with the most powerful engine and a low stall speed. When it appeared in the Pacific in late 1942, the Corsair was the fastest plane in the skies. Its distinctive W-shaped wings were immediately recognizable to friend and foe. The Japanese Zero pilots nicknamed the plane “Whistling Death” because of the sound it made when diving for the attack.

Initially, the plane was flown by Marine pilots and appeared in action over the skies of the Solomon Islands. Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and his squadron flew Corsairs. With this success, Navy pilots soon adopted the Corsair as their own. 

In the course of its more than 64,000 missions, the Navy Corsair downed 2,140 enemy planes while losing only 189 Corsairs to the enemy, an 11:1 ratio unmatched in air combat history.