Thursday, December 14, 2017

For Primo on His Birthday

"One day we'll reach a great ocean
At the end of a pale afternoon.
And we'll lay down our heads just like we were sleeping,
And be towed by the drag of the moon."

I love you baby boy.
I think about you everyday.
Peace be still.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Nike - She's All That And More

Nike was the winged goddess of victory--victory both in war and in peaceful competition. When Zeus was gathering allies at the start of the Titan War, Styx brought her four children Nike (Victory), Zelos (Rivalry), Kratos (Cratus Strength) and Bia (Force) into the god's service. Nike was appointed his charioteer and together the four became sentinels of Zeus' throne.
Nike was depicted in ancient Greek vase painting with a variety of attributes including a wreath or sash to crown a victor, an oinochoe and phiale (bowl and cup) for libations, a thymiaterion (incense burner), an altar, and a lyre for the celebration of victory in song.
In scenes of the War of the Giants she appears as the charioteer of Zeus. In mosaic art and coins Nike is often shown holding a palm branch as a symbol of victory.
Nike was closely identified with the goddess Athena and at times was little more than an attribute of the goddess. Nike was sometimes multiplied into a host of Nikai (Nicae, Victories).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Andrew - Forever Looking For His Brother

Like all of us.

"If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears."
(Lord Byron)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday, Paige

And to Willy, Wily, Jackson and sister Carrie!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Boatswain's Collar Fetches Quite a Price

"Another item at the Tennants sale that cannot have been an easy lot to estimate came from a separate source – a brass dog collar which had once belonged to the poet Lord Byron’s beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain. The dog died of rabies in 1808 after being bitten by another dog in Mansfield, and the grief-stricken Byron erected a monument at Newstead Abbey and composed his famous Epitaph to a Dog. The link to Byron was strengthened by the fact that a similar collar can be found in the Newstead Abbey Collection and documentation that came with the lot tracing the item back to its original sale certified by Byron's gamekeeper's widow. The auctioneers plumped for a £3000-5000 pitch, but this level was easily surpassed on the day as it was knocked down at £14,000 to a buyer in the room."