Palazzo Pitti, el jardín de Bóboli, la gruta de Buontalenti


Dicen que fue el mismísimo Brunelleschi quien proyectó la obra monumental por encargo de Luca Pitti y que el homónimo del banquero florentino, el arquitecto Luca Fancelli, concluyó la parte principal en 1458 que luego fue ampliada por los sucesivos moradores. Lo cierto es que el Palazzo Pitti ostenta su estampa sin pudor porque es el más importante de los palacios florentinos renacentistas en cuanto a tamaño y arquitectura y ello, sin duda, no es poca cosa.

Cosme I contrajo enlace con Leonor de Toledo a fin de afianzar su posición política en Florencia, motivado no sólo por su estirpe noble sino también por la fortuna que aportaba al matrimonio. Cosme tuvo mucha suerte, porque Leonor no sólo era joven y rica sino también tan hermosa como emprendedora y en el año 1549 adquirió el Palazzo Pitti, que a partir de ese momento fue residencia de los Duques de Toscana…

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What we can learn from a donkey….Bir eşekten neler öğrenebiliriz….


One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

 Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he…

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Sleeping Magic

Friendly Fairy Tales

Art Dress La Esencia de Titania designed and created by Resa McConaghy Photograph Used With Permission of Resa McConaghy

Like cicadas at summer’s end,
a fairy queen’s shell lingers, iridescent, glowing,
with traces of sleeping magic.

A wizard king can wake the dreamer
if he believes

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Pensée du soir

Ma vie au présent simple

“Mon âme n’est pas contenue dans les limites de mon corps, mon corps est contenu dans l’illimité de mon âme. Souvent j’ai affirmé que j’aimerais que tout le monde puisse devenir riche et célèbre et avoir tout ce dont il rêve de sorte que tous comprennent que ce n’est pas la réponse. Je peux vous dire par expérience que l’effet que vous avez sur les autres est la monnaie la plus précieuse qui soit, car tout ce que vous gagnerez dans votre vie va finir par pourrir et s’effondrer, et tout ce qui restera de vous sera ce qu’il y avait … dans votre coeur! ” Jim Carrey

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BREAKING: Italy Just Voted to Ban All Animal Circus Acts | One Green Planet


Michelle Neff
November 8, 2017

Victory for animals! With one of the biggest circus industries in the world, Italy voted to phase out ALL ANIMALS used in circuses and traveling shows after a recent vote in the Assembly of the Parliament! The exciting news comes on the heels of India recently banning the use of wild animals in circuses, making Italy the 41st country to pass a national law prohibiting animals in circuses.

According to Animal Defenders International (ADI), a leading non-profit animal welfare organization, the rules on how Italy will implement phasing out all animals used in circuses will be set out within one year by a Ministerial decree. This is a huge breakthrough in the fight against circuses that uses animals, considering there are 100 circuses in Italy and an average of 2,000 animals forced to perform silly tricks.

“Travelling from place to place, week after week, using…

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Ex silentio

Autumn by the Stream by M. Snelgrove


This is an 8″ x 6″ oil on masonite painted by M. Snelgrove, my mother. It is signed but not dated, so I have no idea when it was painted. Of course it is one of our family treasures.


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