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Father’s Day 2019 — Teischan’s Hand Painted Present.

by Anura Guruge


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As with the Father’s Day card, what can I say?

Just makes my day.

Yes, I kind of knew I would get a painting. That is her thing. Her trademark. The mother and I get paintings for all the important holidays.

But, I do NOT take it for granted. It is always special.


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The Ladies In ‘Hidden Figures’ Gets A Road At NASA Named In Their Honor (Though, Alas, Obliquely).

by Anura Guruge


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One of my favorite movies. It was SO uplifting, humbling and inspiring. What a story.

I am glad that NASA is trying to make amends. The initial indignities they lived through were inexcusable. Yes, in the movie, there is the great scene when they take down the ‘whites only’ sign in the ladies restroom. So, NASA now is taking things a bit further. That is good.

But, I am NOT thrilled that the road is named ‘Hidden Figures‘. Hhmmm. That is the name of a book/movie. It only refers to these three AMAZING ladies obliquely.

Yes, I would have preferred to have seen their names — and to have had this honor bestowed when all three were alive — though Katherine Johnson is still alive, at 100! And yes, Katherine Johnson does have a NASA facility named after her, albeit again but this year.

What about the other two. They need to be honored and remembered too.

But, better than nothing. So, another small step.

If you haven’t seen it, please watch the movie. I have seen it twice already. You will be  glad you did. A wonderful story. Still very relevant.


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The New Series ‘Jennie’, About Winston Churchill’s American Mother, On ‘Acorn’ TV, Is Quite The Story.

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I saw it being advertised on the banner of ‘Acorn‘ for the last week or so — but, I think it only became available today. We watched Episode 1 and it was GOOD.

Alas, though new to Acorn, it is NOT new. Appears it was shown on Thames in 2009 — so, 10-years ago. So, the quality, alack, is not that of ‘Victoria‘ on PBS. But, it is not dreadful. It is better than what you will find of YouTube.

I knew a bit about her suitor and husband Lord Randolph Churchill given that he is my hero Winston’s father. So, I learnt a fair amount about both of them in this first episode — how they met, their whirlwind romance and ahead-of-schedule marriage. I am looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

Looks very promising and I know that Lord Randolph’s story gets more colorful, though sad.


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Teischan’s Mandala-Themed Mother’s Day Card For 2019.

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Over the last few years we have got pleasantly & proudly accustomed to these hand painted cards from Teischan. Of late they all feature her trademark mandala’s — some more intricate than others. They are special and we sure are glad that she can create them at will. I wanted to share. Enjoy.


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‘Kate Bunce’, A British Painter That I Discovered Today.

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I have been a long-term subscriber to this Facebook page:

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Consequently, I am rewarded each day with quite a few examples of art that I have never seen before. I always try to stop and study. Invariably, alas, I am short of time to research the artists as much as I would like.

The Kate Bunce painting, at top, however, stopped me in my tracks. Struck a chord. I found the color, the detail and composition very pleasing. It could have been the work of a Renaissance great! Then I saw she was British. So, I made a note of her name. I then went back tonight to look her up.

I wanted to share her with you. Yes, she is not unique but she sure has a je ne sais quoi touch.


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‘National Geographic’, May 2019 Issue Has A Lavishly Illustrated Article On ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ For His 500th Anniversary.

by Anura Guruge



The incomparable Leonardo da Vinci died 500-years ago, today — i.e., May 2, 1519.

The ‘National Geographic‘ article is to commemorate this. I haven’t had a chance to but just glance through it — feasting my eyes on the pictures and graphics. As I so often say, only NatG has the resources, expertise and motivation to do these lavish, eye-watering graphic projects.

Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you too are interested. Enjoy.


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