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Viewing Rodin Up Close

The Three Shades It is both a privilege and pleasure to see Rodin's craft up close and observe the nuances of his creations,en plein air, at the Cantor Arts Center in Stanford.


Seen from behind, The Three Shades are a picture of powerful musculature. These three pieces are one and the same but turned at different angles.

Up close, you can see the curvatures and indentations, feel the strength emanating from the composition and enjoy the play of light on the surface. Rodin's contemporaries were the Impressionists and his works are as much about the effect of light on the object or subject as they were with Monet and his generation. And since many of Rodin's works are displayed outdoors, light is a defining factor in his ouevres. Notice the contrast of light and dark on the faces of these two Shades and how light intensifies the facial expression.


And here are their hands, as expressive as their physique, like the fingers of Michaelangelo's David in the Sistine Chapel.


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A Song for Valentine's Day

"There's only 1 thing, 2 do, 3 words, 4 you.....I love you. There's only 1 way, 2 say, those 3 words, that's what I'll do.....I love you." (Lyrics from 1234 by Plain White T's)

Happy ♥'s Day.

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What you can eat for $20.00 or less

A friend suggested I write about what $20.00 can buy for dinner at restaurants in the Bay Area. I've chosen four restaurants (plus 1) where I've recently dined and here they are......


One of the main draws for dining at Applebee's is their 2 for $20.00 menu which includes two entrées and an appetizer. There are at least 8 entrée choices including a riblet basket, bacon double cheeseburger, fiesta lime chicken, three cheese penne pasta, sirloin steak, two kinds of salads and the double crunch shrimp seen above. The appetizer selections include mozzarella sticks, buffalo chicken wings (or honey chicken wings), spinach and artichoke dip and crunchy onion rings. What I like at Applebee's is that it is easy to ask the staff to substitute vegies with rice or mashed potatoes or french fries. Nothing's too difficult to please you. And they don't skimp on the plate of food they give you. I always go home with leftovers. http://www.applebees.com/

The next restaurant is Sh…