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When we grow up, we all want to be like you. Congratulations.


Two days ago I posted “My art gallery? It’s along Amsterdam streets”. Thanks to all visitors who send me comments and “I like”! The nice new is that “Amsterdam Magazine” –  the most important monthly review of the city: I recommend you to ask for it when you’re in Amsterdam- put up a link on its Facebook page to my WordPress blog so “our readers can have a look at your beautiful pictures.” (Lea Harbo, Journalist intern at Amsterdam Magazine & Schipol Magazine). “This is cool! – is written on the post – . Italian reporter and visual artist Roberto Alborghetti recently visited Amsterdam where he captured details of torn posters and urban signs. Check out the slides”.

I thank Lea and Bieneke Van der Does (Amsterdam Magazine’s Editor in Chief) for their kind collaboration and appreciation.  

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As always, informative. So many talented people are unknown.

Social Justice For All

Today we celebrate another early pioneer who broke multiple color barriers in the 19th Century: educator, legislator, and clergyman Alexander Twilight. Born in Corinth, VT in 1795, Twilight was probably of mixed race although hi’s parents are recorded in the town archives as “the first negroes” to settle in the area. As a youth he performed farm work while pursuing his education. He entered Middlebury College as Junior in 1821. When he graduated two years later, he became the first African-American to receive a degree from an American college.

He began teaching in Peru, NY, where he met and married Mercy Ladd Merrill. He also continued his studies, focusing on theology. After a few more years of teaching in various north Vermont towns, he was invited to be the principal of the Orleans County Grammar School in Brownington, VT, the only school serving two counties. After settling into his post…

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To all the women courting online. There was romance in the gesture. Thanks for a lovely blog.

The Walkup

“See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!/O that I were a glove upon that hand,/That I might touch that cheek!” – Line 24,scene 2 Act 2 of Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

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Kid Gloves were made from the skin of a young goat (a kid) or sometimes a lamb. These gloves were softer, more delicate, and finer than gloves made from cow leathers (or other hard leathers). Eventually wearing “kid gloves” and using the phrase “to handle with kid gloves” became a symbol of elegance, aristocracy, and gentility in the early 1800s. The cliche “handle with kid gloves” therefore means to be very tactful, mild, and docile. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term was first used in that sense (or written, anyway) in the 1830s.

Introducing THE WALL O’…

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