after the war

January 11, 2021 2021, diario/journal
  • Many are tired of the COVID news reporting; I’m tired of the January 6 reports. Cable news reports with the same high-anxiety they brought to election night 2020.
    I know it was horrible, but I’m not one of those people who needs convincing, so I’ve turned off TV.
  • Today Sheldon Adelson died; he was part of the white-supremacy movement that began in 2009 with the founding of the Tea Party and morphed into the terrorists that attacked the Capitol on January 6.

And now a word from the merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail …

He had it comin’
He had it comin’
He only had himself to blame

You know how people have these little habits that get you down
Like Bernie
Bernie, he liked to chew gum
No, not chew, pop
So I came home this one day
And I’m really irritated
And I’m looking for a little bit o’ sympathy
And there’s Bernie lyin’ on the couch, drinkin’ a beer and chewin’
No, not chewin’
So, I said to him, I said “Bernie, you pop that gum one more time”
And he did
So I took the shotgun off the wall
And I fired two warning shots
Into his head
Now, I’m standing in the kitchen
Carvin’ up a chicken for dinner
Minding my own business
In storms my husband Wilbur in a jealous rage
“You been screwin’ the milkman, ” he says
He was crazy
And he kept on screamin’
“You been screwin’ the milkman”
And then he ran into my knife
He ran into my knife ten times

If you’d have been there
If you’d have seen it
I betcha you would have done the same

the 12th day

January 6, 2021 2021, diario/journal



On this the 12th day of Christmas, the feat of La Befana and the day that right-wing terrorists stormed the US Capital, I wanted to use the wonderful note, from 1922, written by the young Marco. (I love the old fashion cursive.)

In the note, the young-man is writing to his dad and his mom – Babbo, Mamma. And in it, he prays that the child born in Bethlehem, will help end the war; that the child born in Bethlehem help the many wounded and imprisoned soldiers.
It’s an amazing sentiment that still rings true some hundred years later.

And to commemorate La Befana, I used a drawing of the ‘old hag’ from another antique card, as the featured image for this post.
Growing up in Aprigliano, in the early 50s, our stockings were filled for the feat of the Epiphany, when the Magi came to the stable bearing gifts. December 24 and December 25 were occasions for family and friends, for Christmas Eve dinner with Midnight Mass. We got gifts on January 6, and they were brought to us by La Befana.

Today, with the feat of the Epiphany, the Christmas Season ends.


January 2, 2021 2021, diario/journal

The above images – on the left Modular by Le Corbusier and on the right Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci – have finally been united.
I bought the Modular poster when the Wertheimers and I were in Romchampt at Notre-Dame du Haut – the amazing chapel designed by Le Corbusier to commemorate the resistant fighters of World War II. And it’s been in the downstairs big-room since then – some 30 years.
I knew it was based on Da Vinci’s famous Vitruvian Man drawing, but I was always too bashful about putting the two pieces next to each other, mainly because Da Vinci’s man was naked. But time and age change many things; I bought a poster of the famous geometric man and put it next to Modular.

The Vitruvian Man – L’uomo vitruviano – originally known as Le proporzioni del corpo umano secondo Vitruvio – The proportions of the human body according to Vitruvius – is a drawing made by the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci in about 1490. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the Roman architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in ink on paper, depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square. – Wikipedia

The Modulor is an anthropometric scale of proportions devised by the Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965).
It was developed as a visual bridge between two incompatible scales, the Imperial and the metric systems. It is based on the height of a man with his arm raised.
Le Corbusier developed the Modulor in the long tradition of Vitruvius, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, and other attempts to discover mathematical proportions in the human body and then to use that knowledge to improve both the appearance and function of architecture.The system is based on human measurements, the double unit, the Fibonacci numbers, and the golden ratio. Le Corbusier described it as a “range of harmonious measurements to suit the human scale, universally applicable to architecture and to mechanical things”. – Wikipedia