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Astounding Spanish Sculptor, ‘José Manuel Castro López’, Who Peels & Squeezes Stone.

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I saw the ‘book out of stone’ picture (highlighted in red on the top image) on my Facebook timeline this morning. I was intrigued. Somebody had opined that it was PhotoShop. That did not ring true. So, I did a bit of digging. Glad I did.

Pretty amazing. I can see how it is done but I also appreciate, fully, that it is a hell of a lot of work. You are basically chiseling off layers and layers of stone. Very clever. I was impressed.

I wanted to share with YOU. Check the YouTubes. Enjoy.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The ‘Massacre Cave’.

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Even more of the historic aspect of Canyon de Chelly as opposed to its majestic grandeur.

Yesterday I shared with you the ‘Massacre Cave‘ ruins on the North Rim. This is the cave itself where 115 Navajo, men, women and children, were massacred by the Spanish, in 1805 — with guns.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — ‘Massacre Cave’ Ruin.

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Even more of the historic aspect of Canyon de Chelly as opposed to its majestic grandeur.

Just the NAME ‘Massacre Cave‘, on the North Rim, tells you ALL, chillingly. 115 Navajo, men, women and children, were massacred in the caves, by the Spanish, in 1805 — with guns.

These ruins are NOT really a part of that Massacre. They are ruins that are BELOW the cave, on the other side of the Canyon.


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Pablo Picasso Was Born This Day, 136-Years Ago; October 25, 1881.

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Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso


Not as famous.


Guernica. Most famous?



Of course, as with anybody who likes art, I appreciate all of this different creations, some more than others. His paintings intrigue me — as I am sure he wanted it to be.

Quite the man, again at so many different levels and angles.

I did NOT know that he was baptized, in Málaga, Spain, as (and wait for it): Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Wow. That is impressive. Wonder whether he, ever, remembered all of those names. I did a quick, cursory search to find his original birth certificate or registration, but failed. I am sure it is online, somewhere.

Oh! And in case you were wondering, ‘Pablo‘ is ‘Paul‘ in Spanish. That was easy enough.

136-years ago. That was a longtime. He died, aged 91, in 1973. So, I do remember him — alive.


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Los Angeles (L.A.), “The Angles”, Was Founded This Day 236-Years Ago; September 4, 1781.

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236-years. That is a pretty respectable age for a U.S. West Coast city — and it was, of course, established by the Spanish, missionaries, at that. Quite the history that now often gets lost in the fog.


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Think – Today: How Did We Get The Mile?

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2581912_fa9d7820Well for those of us that are lucky enough to still be able to use the GOOD Ol’ Imperial System the ‘Mile’ is a major unit of measurement. So, where and how did we get the ‘mile’?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Most widely spoken languages” — English, is not, at least as yet, #1. The keyword here having been ‘spoken’ as opposed to ‘understood’ or ‘known’. ‘Spoken’ denotes the language used in everyday life. In that context Chinese and Spanish come ahead of English — with English only being able to lay claims to 335 million speakers, whereas Chinese is the mother tongue of over 1.1 BILLION! However, it is estimated that at least 1/2 BILLION ADDITIONAL people, worldwide, understand English or can speak it as a second (or third) language. If you add that to the 335 Million English would surpass Spanish. The interesting thing, especially with the Web, is that familiarity with English is continually on the rise.


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Think – Today: Do Trees Grow From The Bottom Or From The Top?

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Easy question, right? Just talking about height. Where does the height of a tree come from, the bottom or the top. Yes, the root system continues to expand and the trunk gets bigger, each year — which is why we get those ‘rings’ that can tell the age of a tree. But, what about getting taller?


Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.


Yesterday’s ‘Think’Name of the ‘Amazon’ river. The second Spanish explorer who set out to navigate the river, c. 1550, was viciously attacked by native warriors — most of whom were women. So he named the river ‘Amazon’ after Greek mythological race of women warriors. Neat?


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