One of my Greyhounds, May, or May-May, as she has been renamed by my little nieces, sleeping on the guest room bed, or trying to if it weren’t for the photographer disturbing her :) Greyhounds really like their comfort, and know what pillows are for. She just turned 10 on Nov 20. I need to find a way to slow down time. - taken on the last day of November.
This image has been the picture for the month of November on the Edward Hopper calendar that hangs by my upstairs bathroom sink. The title of this Hopper painting, which was done in 1938, is “Compartment C, Car 293”. I really like it. It has sort of held me pleasantly captive for the whole month of November, but will disappear tomorrow when I turn to the next page for December. I will miss it.
I have to say after the long preparations for days, and the cooking of a big Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends, and the long clean-up afterwards, I am feeling pretty worn out. This picture makes me wish for a real get away right now on a train like this…relaxing and reading in the sleeper car of an old style train, one with a real dining car, and quietly watching the scenery pass by outside.
Looking east from a high bluff in Oak Bluffs over Vineyard Sound towards the town of Edgartown at the end of October. The farthest tip of Cape Pogue on the far left.
Canada geese seemed to be gathering in congenial groups along the shoreline. Many more were gathered not far behind me on the grass in Ocean Park.
November 22, 2013 - Remembering President John F Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children’s future.
And we are all mortal.”
-President John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 - Nov 22, 1963)
With the boots reversed in the stirrups of the saddle to symbolize and honor a fallen leader, the riderless horse who followed President Kennedy’s funeral caisson on Nov 25, 1963, was a very spirited, sometimes unruly, beautiful black Morgan/Quarterhorse named Black Jack. He is led here by 19 year old PFC Arthur A Carlson, who served in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). This regiment is the oldest active duty regiment in the Army, stemming from the original First American Regiment in 1784. Part of the Old Guard’s duty is to keep eternal vigil over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
After the funeral service ended, Jacqueline Kennedy sent a request for the tack used on Black Jack to be brought to her at the White House. PFC Carlson had the honor of delivering the gear used that day. The saddle and blanket, the boots, and the saber are now part of Kennedy Library’s permanent collection in Boston, MA.
Black Jack spiritedly high stepping it behind President Kennedy’s funeral caisson, remains to this day one of the most incredibly moving, poignant and enduring images from that day.
Black Jack, named in honor of General John J “Black Jack” Pershing, died in 1976 after 29 years of military service in the US Army. He is one of only two horses to be buried with full military honors. The other horse so honored was Comanche, who was ridden into the Battle of Little Big Horn in June 1876 by Captain Myles W. Keogh of the 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt Col. George Armstrong Custer. After the entire regiment was wiped out, only Comanche, a few other horses, and a bulldog survived the battle.
In my garden - first of November
“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
And yet they seem alive and quivering
Against my tremulous hands which loose the string
And let them drop on my knee tonight.”
-an excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 28 - a poem that was part of her Sonnets from the Portuguese collection from 1850.
This poem fragment was found under the April 14th entry in an old book I picked up at a book sale a few years ago called Mrs Browning’s Birthday Book which was published in 1882. The book has a number of really nice illustrations through out it, and listings of people of note from that period of time under certain dates. It also contains fragments here and there of Browning’s poems and writings under other dates. The book’s main purpose was to be a place for one to keep track of birthdays of family and friends, and in fact there are a number of names penciled in on certain dates throughout the book, all of them from the late 1800’s.