A native of Childress, Texas, Captain Taylor, or Max, was introduced early to martial life. The Texas Panhandle town was home of Childress Army Airfield in World War II. "I was really heavily influenced by the war. I was eight years old when WWII started. I was used to seeing soldiers. But I got interested in the Marines because I went to the barbershop with my daddy and I saw these two guys in green uniforms. They were really sharp. Spit-shined shoes and Sam Brown belts and all that. That's when I really got down the idea I was going to be a Marine," he recalls. To read the entire bio, click the link above.
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The R.W. Norton Art Gallery will be closed to the public Friday, 24 April, Saturday, 25 April, and Sunday, 26 April 2015 for an Education Conference.
Many people own work by Peter Ellenshaw and aren’t even aware of it. If their personal movie collection contains works from the great films of Alexander Korda, the renowned works of Powell and Pressburger, or the entertaining movies of Walt Disney, odds are good that they own some Ellenshaw.
La letter d'amour
by F. Walker
In honor of this month's Valentine's Day, we thought wed celebrate the delights of courtship with this 19th-century painting commemorating that essential element of wooing ones sweetheart - the love letter. Love letters are the quintessence of the rituals associated with finding one's mate; they have been commemorated in song ("Love letters straight from your heart/Bring us so near while apart . . . I memorized every line/I kissed the name that you signed . . .") and image as well as, of course, word. Though our era of texting and e-mails may seem to have finally done them in, the number of books being published that gather the love letters of famous or fictional individuals (think of the Griffin and Sabine series, or the growing volumes of nonfictional Love Letters of Great Men) suggest that the concept, if not the deed, at the very least remains popular. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
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Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' is an extremely tough, strikingly variegated evergreen shrub. Goshiki means 'five colored' in Japanese and refers to the various colors found on each leaf. Cream, pink, orange, yellow, and white appear as attractive spots and swirls that combine together to create an eye-catching display. Osmanthus heterophyllus is known for its wonderfully fragrant fall flowers, but this cultivar-at least when young-does not flower. Grown in part sun, well-drained soil.