Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Thing Of Beauty is . . .



Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
--Edgar Allan Poe

It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think that this might be a profoundly true statement.

The picture below and its actual location have each been breathlessly described as being "beautiful."

Arlington National Cemetery

I see no beauty in it.

And . . .

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

I can neither see nor hear the widely professed beauty of it.

I understand both of the above representations as being merely cleverly manipulated interchanges of streaming photons and atmospheric vibrations crafted by similarly manipulated compounds acting upon natural interactions within hidden depths of human chemistry.

Does this indicate that I am lacking something in the human experience?



Although, I seem to sense some sinister beauty in . . .


Did You Know . . .?

The practice of daily shampooing wasn't a norm in the U.S. until the 1970s and 1980s.



On this day in 2002, Russian Tupolev 154 collided in midair with a Boeing 757 cargo plane over southern Germany. The 69 passengers and crew on the Russian plane and the two-person cargo crew were all killed. The collision occurred even though each plane had TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) collision-avoidance equipment onboard and everything functioned correctly. The Bashkirian Airlines plane was carrying 45 young students from Russia to a resort near Barcelona in Spain for a summer vacation. DHL International, the express delivery company, owned the cargo jet, which was headed from Bahrain to Brussels.



1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.
2. a beautiful person, especially a woman.
3. a beautiful thing, as a work of art or a building.
4. an individually pleasing or beautiful quality; grace; charm.

Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.



(born July 1, 1952)
Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian screenwriter and singer. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters, and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.

(born 1 July 1931)
Leslie Caron is a French film actress and dancer who appeared in 45 films between 1951 and 2003. Caron is best known for the musical films An American in Paris (1951), Lili (1953), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Gigi (1958), and for the non-musical films Fanny (1961), The L-Shaped Room (1962), and Father Goose (1964). Her autobiography Thank Heaven, was published in 2010 in the UK and US, and in 2011 in a French version.

(born July 1, 1934)
Jamie Farr is an American television, film, and theater actor. He is best known for having played the role of cross-dressing Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger in the CBS television sitcom M*A*S*H.

(born July 1, 1967)
Pamela Anderson is a Canadian-American actress. In addition to her acting career, she is also a model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P. She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990.


Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.



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