mead and 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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