mead & white

It’s spring in the Mojave Desert, with beavertail pricklypear blooming all around. Indigenous people still use this plant as a food source, including making jelly with the fruits. I’m always charmed by the presence of beavertail cactus, not only when it’s showy like this but all year round.

Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn
McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962)
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964
Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997
Roads Go Ever, Ever On (Songs from Tolkien's Middle Earth)

Does what it says on the tin. Tolkien’s poetry from the books set to my own music.

In my opinion one of the most important pages on the internet. Songs and poetry from Tolkien’s Legendarium sung by Adele McAllister who’s blog can be found here


To the sea! To the sea! The white gulls are crying!

Roads go ever, ever on

In the Willow-Meads of Tasarinan

Snow White! Snow White! O Lady clear!

The Oath of Fëanor

The Lay of Nimrodel

The World was young, the mountains green

Kortirion Among the Trees I, II, III

The Wind was on the withered heath

I sit beside the fire and think

Frodo’s lament for Gandalf

Where now the horse and the rider?

Lament for Boromir

The Ent and the Entwife

The Lay of Luthien

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold


In Western lands beneath the sun

The Dragon is Withered

Bilbo’s Last Song


anonymous asked:

Did Harry Thaw shoot the wrong architect?

Who knows!

Thaw shot and killed Stanford White as a result of his jealousy over the relationship between his wife, Evelyn Nesbit, and White. After one hung jury, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Years later, White’s son Lawrence Grant White would write, “On the night of June 25th, 1906, while attending a performance at Madison Square Garden, Stanford White was shot from behind [by] a crazed profligate whose great wealth was used to besmirch his victim’s memory during the series of notorious trials that ensued.” via

Stanford White was an American architect and partner in the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the rich, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the “American Renaissance”.

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Washington Along Pennsylvania Ave. Parade To Help Boost The Nation’s Morale - May 23 and 24, 1865, Sherman Later Called The Experience “the happiest and most satisfactory moment of my life.”

President Johnson’s grand review of the Union Army at the end of the Civil War was one of the greatest parades in the Nation’s history. During a 2-day period (May 23-24, 1865), approximately 200,000 troops. led by Gen. George G. Meade on the first day and Gen. William T. Sherman on the second, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue.(Library of Congress, Mathew B. Brady.)

May 23 was a clear, brilliantly sunny day. Starting from Capitol Hill, the Army of the Potomac marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before virtually the entire population of Washington, a throng of thousands cheering and singing favorite Union marching songs. At the reviewing stand in front of the White House were President Johnson, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, and top government officials. Leading the day’s march, General Meade dismounted in front of the stand and joined the dignitaries to watch the parade. His army made an awesome sight: a force of 80,000 infantrymen marching 12 across with impeccable precision, along with hundreds of pieces of artillery and a seven-mile line of cavalrymen that alone took an hour to pass. One already famous cavalry officer, George Armstrong Custer, gained the most attention that day-either by design or because his horse was spooked when he temporarily lost control of his mount, causing much excitement as he rode by the reviewing stand twice.

Source: The Civil War Society’s “Encyclopedia of the Civil War”