World According to Art

May 26 is a massively important day. The preparation and celebration of said day tore me away from my blog for two whole days, yet surprisingly, this historical importance of this day is rarely taught in schools. Even so, May 26 fills the annals of history with exciting events and interesting personages.

For example:

1521, Martin Luther was declared an outlaw and his writings banned by the Edict of Worms.
1647, Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies
1689, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer, bluestocking and eccentric was born
1799, Alexander Pushkin was born
1805, Napoléon Bonaparte assumed the title of King of Italy in the Duomo di Milano
1828, Mysterious feral child Kaspar Hauser was discovered in Nuremberg
1964, Lenny Kravitz was born
1984, I was born.

I’ll leave you to imagine which of these occasion caused such feasting and recovery that I couldn’t even post, and also what 7 pounds of lamb kebabs look like.

It’s rather an odd birthday for me, or rather part of an odd year. I took a ridiculous administrative job in a field that I have no interest in; it happened to pay more than my last job for a 4-day work week. I decided to take a year to pursue my interest in writing and art. It’s flown by. My birthday just reminds me how close I am to the end of my year, as of September 15, and how I have no clue what I will do (or am doing) with my life. Even worse, September 15 is my personal due date for my novel–and the novel is not cooperating!

On the upside, I saw a really interesting painting exhibition that I can’t wait to share. Thanks for your patience with the absence of posts, and happy 25th birthday to me!

And now for your regularly scheduled blog…

7 thoughts on “World According to Art

  1. Happy Birthday!! I wasn’t aware that novels had due dates; it must be a bit like giving birth. You really must give yourself the freedom to create independently of even self imposed time constraints. Besides what if the novel gets in the way of your blog posts; just the temptation of lamb kebobs was enough to make one wonder if the city that never sleeps finally took a nap 😉

  2. Happy belated birthday! I’d certainly have wished it to you earlier had I known.

    Don’t give up on the novel–you can do it!

    You’re too young to know the line, but I’m not, from the Lovin’ Spoonful’s hit “Darling, Be Home Soon”: “And now, a quarter of my life has almost passed/And I think I’ve come to see myself at last.”

    I can tell you that all of us from your last job miss you very much!

    My blog mentions another significant event that occurred on your birthdate–the passage, at 1:15 in the morning, of the disastrous Kansas-Nebraska Act. Your birthdate is, believe me, a far happier occasion!–Mike T.

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