Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire. Edna O’Brien

birthdays are an accidental theme today

it is ms o’brien’s  birthday. 81 (irish author, the country girls, quite mad but beautiful)

and that of oscar niemeyer, the brazilian architect turns 104, his work speaks for him.

dia-do-arquiteto-oscar-niemeyer link here for examples of his extraordinary work


and lastly in memory of a man who knew what it was to be, of ,america.

“I want to tell you that if the Great Spirit had chosen anyone to be the chief of this country, it is myself.”

Sitting Bull died this day in 1890