Archive for May, 2013

Self Portrait 9 – No Oil Painting.


a sweet self-portrait…   RT

(reposted from Helen’s Photomania Blog)


Self Portrait 9 – No Oil Painting..


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Boy in a Large Hat; 2) Navajo Chief, Edward Curtis.

The Creation of England–902-920

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RT admires this map on several levels: it is pleasing to look at; it conveys a great deal of information in a small space; and though labelled in German, it can easily be decoded by English speakers. Readers should also note the speed with which the Kingdom of Wessex conquered its Anglo-Saxon and Danish rivals, comprising an area far larger than itself. The Wessex king principally responsible for the actual conquest is Edward the Elder (r. 899-924 & son of Alfred the Great). But it seems that Alfred had laid the groundwork by preventing the Viking conquest of England and being the first to take the title, King of the Anglo-Saxons.


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Metaphysical Maps.


Map: Conquest of the Danelaw by the Kingdom of Wessex, 902-920. Author: S. Bollmann. WikiCmns, CC 1.0 Generic.

A Simply Beautiful Mystery



a great post…enjoy!   RT

(reposted from noahsage)


A Simply Beautiful Mystery.

What’s so Great About Antiques? First in a Three-Part Series

May 28, 2013 2 comments



fun and beautiful antiques…enjoy!  RT

(reposted from Janvier Road)


What’s so Great About Antiques? First in a Three-Part Series.

Dyer’s Record Book

File:Thomas Ratcliffe - Dyer's record book - Google Art Project.jpg

something beautiful for Memorial Day…   RT

Photo: Dyer’s Record Book (1812-1823), Thomas Ratcliffe, Cooper-Hewit, National Design Museum; WikiCmns; Public Domain.


Lamps (close-ups) 2



and finally, for Saturday night, a little light… RT

(reposted from laying with memories)


Lamps (close-ups) 2.

Dell Mapback End Paper with Keyhole Variations


and this time, an endpaper design… RT

(reposted from The Accidental Optimist)


Dell Mapback End Paper with Keyhole Variations.

Feeling Square (and a little dotty)


i’m kinda feeling this way today… RT

(reposted from it scarf)


Feeling Square (and a little dotty).

Perplexities of the Day: The Unannounced Guest (or the Parable of the Faithful Servant)

May 26, 2013 1 comment


Some days are easier than others for RT to visualize; today has been on the less-easy side of the spectrum. This morning centered on revising Gilgamesh tablet 5, this afternoon, on cleaning up the apartment, this evening on completing state 3 of RT’s Map of the Cherson (except that this conflicted heavily with cooking dinner and talking to Mom). And running through all of this was another thread, a reflection on Jesus’s program that greeted RT when he woke up this morning. Which reflection was fine, except that RT had already started a post on the organization of the Hebrew Bible.

More than once in his life, RT has felt like a juggler. But the good news is: Mom is listening to A Prairie Home Companion on her radio, and now RT has time to resolve his quandary and decide what he’s going to post on.

The winner? None of these topics, but one of RT’s reconstructions, something that was occasioned by a stickie that RT ran across back in 2010, he thinks, a stickie that lay on top of the pile of paper on his desk and read, “The Kingdom of God comes like a thief in the night.”

Said quote is actually not a quote, but RT’s response to reading 1 Thessalonians 5:2: “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (KJV). This reading inspired a search that led RT through Matthew, Luke, Thomas, and the Didache, with an emphasis on the Parable of the Faithful Servant and the Parable of the Ten Virgins.

And if this convoluted path weren’t enough, RT would like to point out that he thinks this parable or thread of thought originates with John the Baptist; its apocalyptic tone shares much with John’s preaching, at least from RT’s perspective. In any case, here is RT’s reconstruction.


The Unannounced Guest

John the Baptist said: “Therefore, do not put out your lamps or unfasten your robes—do not let them find you drunk or asleep. This I say to the world—be vigilant! For if the owner knew when the thief will come, the thief would never be able to break in and take the owner’s belongings.”

[based on the Parable of the Faithful Servant, Mk 12:34-37 (not in SV); Matt 24:42–51; Luke 12:35–48; CoptGThom 21b & 103; Didache 16:1a & the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Matt 24:32-36]


RT’s Related Posts: 1) The Syro-Phoenician Woman; 2) Mark and Peter: Origins of the First Gospel.


DrawingThe better part of valour. Sir Frederick Smith. “What’s the good of struggling?” (Punch, 1917). WikiCmns; Public Domain.


Snow’s Hands.

May 23, 2013 2 comments


a wonderful photo and essay, well-observed… RT

(reposted from The Gravel Ghost)


Snow’s Hands..