Month: December 2019

Figuring by Maria Popova (2019)

As you prepare for the new year, consider subscribing to Maria Popova’s weekly blog, Brain Pickings. If you enjoy these weekly posts, you’ll want to read her book, Figuring. These new year’s intentions will be a pleasure to keep! Happy New Year to all!  An acquaintance told me about Brain Pickings, a weekly newsletter posted by Maria Popova. Sunday mornings have not been the same since. Where I used to await the Sunday Boston Globe or New York Times, I now open my email and devour Brain Pickings as I sip my Sunday coffee. When Popova started mentioning her...

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Ich bin Ich (I am Me) Paula Modersohn-Becker: The Self-Portraits

“I am Me, and hope to become this more and more.” Paula Modersohn-Becker(1876-1907) to Rainer Maria Rilke 1906 I was lucky to be in Bremen, Germany yet again in November of 2019 just in time to see the newest exhibit of Paula Modersohn-Becker’s Self-Portraits at the museum dedicated to her there in the Museen Böttcherstrasse. Read the original NWW piece on Modersohn-Becker, Women and Ambition, and the follow up, Degenerate Art. What a fortuitous opportunity it was to be there while this exhibit was showing. So many paintings I had never seen, in a book or in a museum, were...

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