Distance: 2 Miles, Small Yoga
|White Lamp and French Objects in Pink Sunset|
|Pieter Breugel (the Elder), Hunters in the Snow (January), 1565, oil on wood panel|
Ciwt can do no better than Wikipedia in telling you about the iconic Hunters in the Snow (January), probably the most popular subject of all secular Christmas cards.
This painting is an example of the Northern Renaissance movement. The work is one in a series of six works, five of which still survive, that depict different times of the year.
The painting shows a wintry scene in which three hunters are returning from a hunting expedition accompanied by their dogs. By appearances, the expedition was not successful: the hunters appear to trudge wearily, and the dogs appear downtrodden and miserable. One hunter carries the "meagre corpse of a fox" illustrating the paucity of the hunt.
The whole visual impression is one of a calm, cold, overcast, day: the colours are muted whites and grays, the trees are bare of leaves, woodsmoke hangs in the air. The landscape itself is a flat-bottomed valley (a river meanders through it) with jagged peaks visible on the far side. A watermill is seen with its wheel frozen stiff*. In the distance, figures ice skate and curl on a freezing lake they appear as silhouetttes.
* Where is that windmill? Ciwt doesn't see it.
|Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986), White Canadian Barn, 1932, o/c, 12" x 30" (Metropolitan Museum)|
|Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys for Life|
After spending all week at the vet with her ailing cat Ciwt didn't think anything could make her
laugh and entertain her. But luckily she was dead (ooops) wrong. She thought Bad Boys for Life
was a hoot with an engaging, amusing story and great interaction between two even more engaging cop buddies.
Ken Jennings with his Jeopardy Greatest of All Time Trophy
So until June 2, 2004, Jeopardy was quietly watched by regulars like Ciwt. Like Ciwt, many of those viewers starting watching when it became a nighttime show with the one and only Alex Trebek as host. And slowly others joined.
Then on that June date, a new contestant came on to compete. His name was Ken Jennings, and he won. Nothing new with that. Then he won a whole week and came back the next week to keep competing. Now this was new because the Jeopardy producers had only recently eliminated the 5 game limit for contestants. Ken actually got a little press because of that, and a few more viewers showed up at their TVs to watch him.
Then he won a third week and a fourth. By then Jeopardy and Ken were beginning to get national attention. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other prestige publications took notice and wrote articles. And the viewership grew and grew.
As the eyes of the world watched, Ken Jennings did the unheard of before or since by winning 74 consecutive games! (Think of the number of times you've marched smartly into a room and forgotten completely why you are there, and you can imagine the brain power feat Jennings accomplished sometimes taping as many as three games in one day).
And in the process he put Jeopardy on the map.
So it seems fitting and just right that he bested the other phenomenal trivia pros last evening to become Jeopardy's Greatest of All Time Champion.
| “Cunningham,” by Alla Kovgan, succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself. |
The above caption taken from Marina Harss's* New Yorker review of Cunningham says it best.
Ciwt personally enjoyed Cunningham, the doc about the dancer Merce Cunningham, because it gave her an opportunity to see footage of his dances, his company and his close friends,partners and collaborators, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg. She knew they had all been together once upon a time, and she knows Rauschenberg's art, but Cage and Cunningham himself were artists she knew little about. What a fine way to fill in her gaps.
*For the full review go to this link.
|George MacKay in Sam Mendes' 1917|
|James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings|
|Don Russell (left) is stepping down as publisher and editor of the Mountain Messenger. Carl Butz (right) is taking over on Jan. 20, 2019. Established in 8153, the paper covering Sierra and Plumas counties is the oldest weekly newspaper in California.|