Monthly Archives: August 2012

Buland Darwaza, The Gate of Magnificence

The inscription above the gateway reads:

Jesus, son of Mary said: ‘The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.’

Buland Darwaza. Fatehpur Sikri, India. 1601.

Blacas ewer

Yesterday was the first class day of a course I’m taking at UT, “Arts of Islam: from Caliphs to Sultans (650-1500 AD)” taught by Professor Stephennie Mulder. I’m looking forward to many new discoveries like the one below.

Blacas ewer, inlaid bronze, Mosul, 1232.

Blacas ewer detail, inlaid bronze, Mosul, 1232.

Wheels within wheels

Quotation: William Allen White (1868 -1944)

“If our colleges and universities do not breed men who riot, who rebel, who attack life with all the youthful vim and vigor, then there is something wrong with our colleges. The more riots that come on college campuses, the better world for tomorrow.”

Quotation: William Stafford (1914 – 1993)

“The more you let yourself be distracted from where you are going, the more you are the person that you are. It’s not so much like getting lost as it is like getting found.”

Grandpa Eben’s Fence

Though I barely remember it, Grandpa had a many-splendored front yard at his house in Lindsborg. There were many painted concrete animal statues, whirligigs and he also had the wrench fence. I recall they clanged splendidly in the great plains wind (at least to my five year old ear).

When I was scanning this photo this evening I noticed for the first time there are also two of the aforementioned Reuben Strange whirligigs mounted atop the fence.

Eben Johnson’s Fence. Lindsborg, Kansas. c. 1970.

Eben Johnson’s fence as featured on the front page of The McPherson Sentinel, July 27, 1970.

Clauss Chess: toymaker

I still don’t entirely understand the history and origin of this image being as my German is non-existent and Google translator is only so good. Do love the perspective of the room though it’s a pity that Clauss doesn’t appear to have room to stand up without hitting his head on those beautifully rendered ceiling beams.

Clauss Chess, toymaker. 1558.