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Wars – Dread of Mothers

wars-dread-of-mothers-by-george-roualtToday which marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, just two days after the bombing of Hiroshima it seemed appropriate to post this  painting by George Rouault which I saw for the first time and photographed on my recent visit to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  George Rouault painted Wars- Dread of Mothers nine years after World War I when his country of France was already involved in two new wars one in Congo and another in Lebanon.  The  painting alludes to the Madonna and the infant Jesus and a line from the Odes of Horace an ancient Roman poet who wrote that while some rejoice at the sounds of war mothers detest them. 

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Lynch Family and Lead Belly

Cool Stuff Outside the Nelson Atkins Museum

A Very Quiet Museum

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Lynch Family and Lead Belly

Lynch Family by Joseph Hirsch

Lynch Family by Joseph Hirsch – 1946

Lynchings of African-Americans reached an all time high in August of 1946. Citizens across America urged President Truman to end the horror. Joseph Hirsch painted a mother and child, the surviving family members of a lynching victim. The mother holds firmly onto her active child while turning her face in grief. 

Good Night  Irene by Charles White -1952

Good Night Irene by Charles White -1952

Dave and I used to have an LP record by Lead Belly a well-known American folk and blues musician. Here Lead Belly is painted singing the classic song Good Night Irene to an admiring audience of one. The artist Charles White originally sold this painting to singer Harry Belafonte. My second name is Irene. 

Lynch Family and Lead Belly were two of the pieces that caught my mind and heart when I toured the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City a few weeks ago.

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The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Stalking, Lunch and No Guns

Cool Stuff Outside the Art Gallery

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Matching- The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Nelson Atkins Museum

 I visited the Neslson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City last week.  Guess what I found? 

Aphrodite Nelson Atkins Museum - Kansas City

Aphrodite- Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City

Aphrodite Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Aphrodite- Olympus Exhibit- Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Aitkins Museum of Art

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Atkins Museum of Art- Kansas City

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

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The Obama Chair House in Kansas City
Cool Stuff Outside the Nelson Atkins Museum

Connections at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Dave Meets Rose

dave and roseOur friends Bryan and Emily just adopted a little girl named Rose. This was our first time meeting her. We sat behind her at the wedding we attended in Kansas City.  At first Rose was a little shy.  But Dave’s magic touch with children quickly won her over. dave and rose
dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave and rose

dave rose

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Tad and Wendy’s Wedding

All that Jazz in Kansas City

The House with the Obama Chair

Southern Barbeque in Kansas City

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Tad and Wendy’s Wedding

tad and wendyWe were in Kansas City this last weekend attending the wedding of Tad and Wendy.tad and wendyWe taught with Tad in Hong Kong for four years. He was a good friend who traveled with us quite a number of times and even came to Winnipeg to visit us after we returned home. 

wedding programWe were very happy to have a chance to meet Tad’s bride Wendy and to celebrate their wedding with so many of our Hong Kong friends. ics crew

Not everyone is in this photo but I think there must have been sixteen or seventeen former and current ICS staff members and their families at the wedding. 

marylou emily julie

jeff julietad wendy rebekah danielmarylou and meghantad wendy megan mike

dave and jon

cat ml redave tadjeff tad jonmarylou rebekahbryan daniel jon jack daverebekah and emilyIMG_1437dave bryanIMG_1474Other posts……

All That Jazz in Kansas City

Barbeque in Kansas City

The House with the Obama Chair

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All That Jazz in Kansas City

cat marylou jazz clubOne night during our stay in Kansas City we decided we wanted to go and hear some jazz.  A number of our  Hong Kong friends’ group were at the wedding rehearsal dinner, others were golfing, so those of us who’d been left behind hopped in the car and went out in search of a great jazz band and a good meal. 

the knuckleheadOur first stop was The Knucklehead which had received rave reviews. The wall decorated with caricatures of lots of music greats was appealing but the $30 cover charge was not, nor the comment from the man taking the money for the cover charge that “the food wasn’t great.”  

the phoenixA bit of online searching led us to The Phoenix.scamp alley

We figured it had to be a fun place since it was located on Scamps’ Alley. wall mural outsideInteresting wall murals outside mural inside the phoenixand inside intrigued us and jazz the phoenixthe music sounded great.

Dave and Jon arrived from their golf game about halfway through the evening.

Dave and Jon arrived from their golf game about halfway through the evening.

Our waitress was so friendly and fun. mint julepI decided I should have my first mint julep and it was very refreshing, each sip a little sweeter. lamb slidersThe food was also good. I had lamb sliders with spicy cole slaw.
dave jeff jazzWe had a fun evening, although some people took their jazz a little more seriously than others.

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The House with the Obama Chair

Southern Barbeque in Kansas City

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The House with the Obama Chair

dave and tadWe are in Kansas City for our friend Tad’s wedding. 

funkhouser house kansas cityTogether with ten friends we have rented this historic old house that once belonged to a former mayor of Kansas City Mark Funkhouser. neighbor TimWe have an extremely friendly neighbor, Tim across the street who comes over every day bearing gifts of all sorts and he has told us all kinds of stories about our historic house. the obama chair kansas cityIt was our neighbor, Tim who told us that before he was the American president Barack Obama visited Mark Funkhouser in this house and they had a beer in the livingroom. Tim said Barack Obama sat in front of the fireplace. Even though this is probably not the chair Obama sat in we’ve dubbed it The Obama Chair. in the obama chairPeople who don’t agree with Obama politically say they get a weird vibe sitting in the chair, while others are enjoying basking vicariously in the President’s aura of power.

downed tree

The house would be a lovely place to stay except that on our first night here in Kansas City there was a horrible storm and the electricity to thousands of homes in the city was cut off.  During the rest of our stay we’ve had no power. lanternSo we’ve managed with these lanterns our neighbour brought over for light and a large cooler to keep our perishables in. Luckily the stove is gas as is the hot water tank so we can still shower comfortably and boil water for coffee in the morning.  We go to the local coffee shop to use the internet and before the wedding a couple of us even curled our hair in the coffee shop with our curling irons. It’s been a bit of an adventure. 

jeff and daveLuckily the weather hasn’t been too hot so we’ve managed without the air conditioning. bedroom funkhouser house kansas cityThe house is big but with eleven people we need to use almost every room for sleeping accommodations.breakfast on the deckWe eat breakfast out on the deck, since the diningroom is someone’s bedroom. 

Being without power hasn’t been ideal but what has been ideal is having plenty of time to spend with old friends and catch up on one another’s lives. 

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Going for Barbeque in Kansas City

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Southern Barbeque in Kansas City

We are in Kansas City for the wedding of our Hong Kong colleague Tad.  joes kansas cityA dozen friends are renting a house together and dave, jeff , danielyesterday we all went out for southern barbeque at Joe’s, a place that had come highly recommended. Joe’s is located in a converted garage. line up at JoesDriving up we quickly realized just how popular the place really was.  There was a long line outside and we joined it to wait for a table. The line was so long our friend Jon couldn’t even look!bikers joesJoe’s is very popular with the motorcycle crowd. dave and danielStanding in line gave us a chance to catch up and visit,joe's menuCheck out the menureviews Joes and the reviews.barbeque joesThe spicy hot food was delicious!
ics at joesWe had a great time!
lunch in kansas cityOther posts…….
Hong Kong Minneapolis Wedding 1
Hong Kong Minneapolis Wedding 2

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