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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — North Rim.

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I took over 2,000 pictures during this my 4-trip to Canyon de Chelly. I want to try and share as many with you. Hence this. Enjoy.


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Klimt’s Protégé Egon Schiele, Featured In Boston, Also Making News In New York City With His Nudes.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Link to U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Link to “Observer Media” original.


His work, i.e., that of Egon Schiele, is being glorified in in Boston, at the MAGNIFICENT Museum of Fine Arts, alongside that of his mentor and compatriot Gustav Klimt.

But, the Austrian Tourist Board using his nudes to promote travel to Austria and that is not going down well in certain puritanical quarters.

While it would be crass to call his nudes controversial, they sure are provocative — and that is both good and bad. They definitely attract attention, which is beneficial but it also means that some  folks will take umbrage to them.

That the Austrians got the necessary permissions and permits from NYC is a miracle in its own right. Even if they are now forced to take the ads. down, Austria shure would have got their monies worth, if not more from the added publicity they managed to garner. It is very possible that they actually bargained that they might be able to provoke a controversy and with that lost of media coverage. Well they succeeded.


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The First Man Ever In Space, Yuri Gagarin, Was Born This Day In 1934.

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I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin


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This Day, 56-Years Ago, Yuri Gagarin Became The First Human EVER To Enter Space (And Orbit The Earth To Boot)!

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I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.


Yes, we commemorated his birthday which was on March 9 (1934).

So he went to space 34-days after his 27th birthday.

He died, tragically, when he was 34.


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin


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Yuri Gagarin, The First Man Ever In Space, Was Born Today, 83-Years Ago — March 9, 1934.

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I got to meet him when he visited Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka) in 1961.

I was 7 years old. But, of course, knew who he was.

I got to shake his hand.

To this day, I consider this one of the highlights of my rather uneventful life.


Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Gagarin


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Did The Vatican In Naming New Cardinals Mistake Cupich (Of Chicago) To Chaput (Of Philadelphia)?

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Click to ENLARGE. Headline from ‘AP’ and ‘NBC10’ (Philadelphia).


Charles Joseph Chaput O.F.M. Cap. [b. 1944], Metropolitan Archbishop of Philadelphia as of July 2011, was the de facto Master of Ceremonies for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.A. in September 2015.

He was flitting constantly between Philadelphia and the Vatican for months ahead of the pope’s visit and was in the pope’s entourage for the entire duration of the visit. Given his high-profile involvement in what was a very successful visit it was taken as a given that he would get a ‘red hat’ the next time the pope got around to doling out these princely crowns. And he would have been the FIRST Native American cardinal.

On Sunday, October 9, 2016 the Vatican announced the names of the cardinals to be created at the November 19, 2015 consistory.

No Chaput. But three other Americans, one a curialist, were announced.

Seems QUITE the omission.

It is indeed possible that the Vatican got the names mixed up. They are know for mix ups like that. Cupich … Chaput … Both Americans with names starting ‘C’.

Yes, it is true that Chaput was more of a Benedict XVI favorite than he is a Francis man. Yes, he is a conservative while Pope Francis is a Bernie Sanders follower. That could be it.

Feel bad for Chaput. But he is still young.


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Visit ‘Funky Town’ On Google Maps On April 1, 2016.

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Check it out. It is on Google Maps just for today —
April Fool’s Day.

Enjoy.


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Popes In Sombreros — Argentinian Pope Francis Far From First To Sport A Sombrero.

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It has become a rite of passage — popes visiting Latin America, in particular Mexico or Cuba, don a sombrero at some point during the trip, usually on the plane on the flight out. But there has also been occasions when a pope is presented with a sombrero, by visiting Latin Americans, at the Vatican.

The first pope to wear one appears to have been Paul VI. He only made one trip to Latin America, and that was to Colombia, in August 1968 to attend the 39th International Eucharistic Congress in Bogotá. 


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Pope Francis Is In Cuba Again, Today — 2nd Visit In 5 Months.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS) at: http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/.


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From the U.K. “Daily Mail”. Click to access original.


This visit, or to be more precise ~2 hour stopover enroute to Mexico, has not received much publicity in the U.S.

The purpose of this visit is for an HISTORIC meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — on neutral ground.

The claim is that the two will sign a joint declaration condemning violence against Christians in the Middle East — now with Russia such a key player in Syria and Iran.

Though not stated they may also discuss the possibility of standardizing when Easter Sunday will be celebrated across the two Churches.

Agreeing on matters further could be prickly since a major stumbling block between what the two Churches believe in is the role of the pope! The Orthodox Church does not believe that the Pope has the right to be the head of Christians on Earth — that being the role of Christ. And then there is the Filioque (‘from the son’) addition in the Nicene creed (and that is BIGGIE).

As far as we have been told Pope Francis will not leave the Airport. There is also no mention whether any of the Castros will be at the airport to greet him.

John Paul II, in 1984, set the precedent for such ‘Airport Only’ stopover meetings when he met with Ronald Reagan at the Fairbanks Airport in Alaska. The two had also met at the airport in Anchorage Alaska 3 years earlier BUT in that instance the pope did visit the City to celebrate a Mass.


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Pope Francis Meets With Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena At The Vatican — The Video.

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Click either image to access YouTube video
from my friends at “Rome Reports“.

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Not the first time they have met. Pope Francis, as you may remember, did visit Sri Lanka in January of this year.

Cute to see BOTH of them in fairly similar all white outfits — though Maithripala Sirisena is very much a staunch Theravada Buddhist.

Francis looks extremely healthy and radiant. Hhhmmm.

On the other hand I noticed that Maithripala Sirisena, like so many Sri Lankans who love their rice and lentils, appears to be packing in the pounds around the midriff. 


Above from my
Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit — 2015: A Guide For The Curious”.

Available for 99 cents, from Amazon, as an eBook that can read in a Web browser, iDevice, Android etc.