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Celebrated flower painter of the Golden Age

Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, 1650 - 1683 I can't help but drink in the beauty. Narcissus, caterpillars, droplets of water, a butterfly, a poppy, roses, peas, carnations, morning glory, tulips and the painted reflection of a distorted window with blue sky and clouds in the glass vase. Truly exquisite!

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The great Toni Morrison

Nobel Lecture December 7, 1993 Listen to an audio recording of Toni Morrison’s Nobel Lecture “Once upon a time there was an old woman. Blind but wise.” Or was it an old man? A guru, perhaps. Or a griot soothing restless children. I have heard this story, or one exactly like it, in the lore of several cultures. “Once upon a time there was an old woman. Blind. Wise.” In the version I know the woman is the daughter of slaves, black, American, and lives alone in a small house outside of town. Her reputation for wisdom is without peer and without question. Among her people she is both the law and its transgression. The honor she is paid and...

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