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Beautiful Things: Gilding the Lily

The news never lets up. Today, we mark the passing of Representative John Lewis who was one of the speakers at the March on Washington.

There are uninvited DHS police in Portland, Oregon, harrassing protestors, against the protests of the governor. She says the unrest was getting under control without the help of DHS, now go away. But DHS says they ain’t budging. Funny how Trump picked a state run by a female governor to dominate.

I’ve seen videos of local, and I mean VERY local protests, where half the protestors are not wearing masks. This is no time to let your guard down, people.

I have to put it aside for a few moments, people. I’ve been lucky enough to watch some spectacular youtube broadcasts from the Royal Ballet. (Donations requested but not required in the youtube broadcast). And in general, I’ve been looking for how to make my surroundings comfortable on a limited budget because I’m stuck in my house all the time it seems. This weekend, I’m planning on stringing some pretty new lights around the slate patio right outside my kitchen in the back of my house.

Every once in awhile, some eye candy will show up in my youtube home page suggestions that mesmerize me. While haute couture stands at the pinnacle of our pyramid of needs during the best of times, it’s especially lovely now, even for those of us who will never be able to afford more than Banana Republic on a good day.

This one is from Dior for their autumn- winter 2020-2021 line. It opens on the Dior workshop with fabric artists creating miniature versions of the Dior collection in delicate fortuny pleated silks and layered black ruffles. Then it shifts to a mythical setting. The puritans among us will lecture about frivolity and frugality and the immorality of greed. But I appreciate the vision, artistry and attention to detail of these beautiful creations even if I never see one in person. The video itself is stunning. The scene of a nymph running through a forest like a black moth with her black ruffles rippling around her is breathtaking.

We need art. It’s good for our souls.

Here’s the video:


4 Responses

  1. Thank you. That video is stunning – and just what I needed to see on this, yet another depressing Covid day. It literally took my breath away a couple of times (The woman coming out of the shell. The tree lovers. Narcissis, still too involved with his own image to take note of the beauty going around him. The mermaid.) Magnificent.

  2. John Lewis was the truest sort of patriot; the sort who does not accept what our country is right now, but works and struggles to make it what it should be.

    May he rest in peace in Raspberry Heaven.

  3. I always felt better when John Lewis was in the room. I knew he would remind people of their true moral compass.

  4. John Lewis never stopped urging people to do the right thing. He was a strong supporter of the Clintons, and apparently there was enormous pressure put on him to support Obama instead in 2008, to which he eventually acceded to some extent. i will always think we would have been much better off, if we had followed the “Clinton tree” of Bill, Gore, and Hillary; rather than the “Donna Brazile /Obama tree” of excommunicating Bill from the 2000 campaign, pushing Obama into the nomination in 2008, losing most of the elective seats in the country; Biden, Harris or Rice as VP nominee. Lewis was one of the bright spots in the last dreary-to-miserable 20 years of politics and governance.

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