Thursday, November 05, 2009

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Infamous in England, November 5th serves as a reminder of what happens to traitors. November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. He and his co-conspirators were found and sentenced to death. In 1606 the tradition began, effigies of Guy are burnt, fireworks are in the air, to commemorate the day and the rhyme was created.

The people remember the plot that almost blew up Parliament, however, more importantly, they remember to remind them what happens when you plot treason. (Too bad it has not helped worth a hill of beans!)

 Alright, let's stop right there-

I do not want to delve into the politics of that last statement.

It is time for a giveaway! ~jumps up & down~

That's right! I am giving away a new book, that I hope you find as fun as I do.

The Wisdom of a Starry Night: Using the Power of Great Art For Self Awareness
By: Sharon Marson

~please forgive the mailing mess, I had to find the light~

The book is full of wonderful art with intriguing questions in it to allow you to explore your imagination. This could be a great homeschooling tool or for some quality "you" time.

I love a "Starry Night" so the cover just drew me in! I am a huge fan of Van Gogh, especially, and Art, in general. And, as artists are also usually rebels and getting into the thick of politics this all seems to tie in together.

To enter just leave a comment about your favorite artist, piece of history, or both. I will choose the winner on Monday night. Please pass this along to your friends.

Many Thanks! ;)



  1. I feel the media has served to martyr many who didn't deserve the attention and although I don't normally like to say anything with a political opinion, I think the suicide bombers and people like the man who shot up innocent people at Fort Hood yesterday are a side of evil that deserve to be exterminated. I'm not for the death penalty but people like this can not be rehabilitated.

    I don't want to remember November 5th because of a violent few. Yet their actions are forever marked in history, scarring our minds and hearts.

    Beautiful artwork though. Van Gogh was truly a master and will always catch my eye even when I have spent many hours looking at his work. Good luck on your contest. :)

  2. We remember Nov. 5th as a warning to those who would perpetrate evil (whatever the cause) not as a martyrdom. Although, it now seems some would take it as martyrdom and try to defend his actions. I agree with you.

    Thanks for entering the contest!

  3. I triedto comment as soon as this went up, but I was using myu phone and it just didn't work out!

    Picking one favorite anything is hard for me, and picking one favorite artist is the worst! Of course, my absolute favorite is my husband, Salvador Castio (, but once I get past "person I married" the choice becomes more difficult.

    How can I be expected to choose with so many great possibilities. Van Gogh, Rodin, Monet and Manet, Picasso, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Seurat, Burne-Jones, R. Crumb, and the list goes on and on and on.

    The artist I have loved the longest is Van Gogh, I still remember one of my elementary teachers telling us how he cut off his ear for a girl. What could be more fasciniating? Now I know that the ear story is a little more complex, but EVEN MORE fascinating!

    It is a sad state of affairs that I find myself more knowledgable aboout art than many and at the same time, I feel that that was the area of my education that was really lacking. It is past time for us to realize that an art education has a value beyond "Backto Basics" and "NCLB".

    I could go on about art, history, and the state of our educational system, but I believe I will allow some space for other entrants!

  4. Thanks Allyce! :) You know I always value your thoughts.


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