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CYCLORAMA STRIES .new textile collection from Veronese studio.

A friend suggests the new textiles collection be named in honor of   Performing Arts  people of lasting influence.  So many names  and only ten new patterns.  I guess  i have to work harder.  Ten names, ten voyages of exploration, … Continue reading

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Chinese nursery rhymes compiled in Peking. 1900

These pages are copies of a book of Chinese Nursery Rhymes, orally transmitted till compiled in Peking ( Beijing)  in 1900.  Those were terrible times for China,  the government in disarray,  the country invaded and parcelled by western countries, the … Continue reading

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the full flavor of life for those who dare

” To enjoy the full flavor of life, take big bites”  ( Robert Heinlein). jotted  down years ago , interesting wording and imagery. then i discovered the giant that was Robert Heinlein.  American Science Fiction writer (1907-1988),   “The Dean and Grand … Continue reading

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creativity at work: “be unreasonable” according to Eli Broad and George Bernard Shaw.

” the reasonable man adapts himself to the world. the unreasonable one persists on trying to adapt the world  to himself.  therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.”  George Bernard Shaw. Irish writer . 1856-1950.  Nobel prize  laureate.  co … Continue reading

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the purpose of existence? A meaningful life.

The Big philosophical question since the dawn of civilization:  why are we here?                    ” The sphere upon which mortals come and go, has no end nor beginning that we know and none there is to tell us the truth,  whence do we … Continue reading

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creativity? a piece of cake. part 3.

Remembering Albert Einstein’s thought: ” a hundred times everyday, i remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labours of other men living and dead and that i must exert myself, in order to give in the measure … Continue reading

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The story of blue jeans. creativity, the only way out. part 2.

CREATIVITY AT WORK.  CHINESE SILK WEAVING ART+INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION+MECHANIZED LOOM+TOILE DE NIMES. FRANCE+CALIFORNIA GOLDRUSH+ MINERS IN NEED OF RUGGED OVERALLS= the blue jeans. China . by 1st. cent.  (Han dynasty), silk weaving already an ancient art.  most weaving techniques  , as used … Continue reading

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creativity, the only way out. part 1.

what is CREATIVITY?  it is the ability of the mind to  analyze AND to synthesize. ANALYSIS:  the ability to perceive the different elements that make up  a whole ( thing or idea).  be curious ,  get close and personal ,  … Continue reading

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veronesecouture is on Facebook

dear Reader, veronesecouture is on Facebook.  dialogue friendly.  we try to answer  your questions but the replies may be hard to find on the blog site. connect with us on facebook. http://www.   facebook.com/pages/veronesecouture. OR activate the “connect to facebook” at the bottom of … Continue reading

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real Piglet in my life

i was  7-8. Traditional Chinese New Year celebration. children are given gift-money in red envelopes. firecrackers and wonderful special cooking. tradition must be preserved, especially if you live in a foreign land. the adults bought a live piglet from a farm for … Continue reading

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la vie en rose la vie en bleu

sometimes you are on top of the world. sometimes ten feet under buried in …blues.  when you are blue. pick up your banjo and sing a tune , better create one. ” O susanna, dont you cry for me, am just from … Continue reading

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Degas and the Petit Rat Marie van Goethem.

Paris. 1881. The artist:  Edgar Degas.   The sculpture: La petite danseuse de 14 ans ( the 14 years old little dancer).  outraged art critics. the young ballerina was depicted as ” a flower of precocious depravity with a face marked by the … Continue reading

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petit rat de l’opera

French slang  describing  ballet trainees , 6 to 14 of age,  studying at the  ballet school  of the Opera de Paris.  scurrying about like so many mice,  as extras and goffers during performances. Edgar Degas, French Impressionist painter in later part of … Continue reading

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Edgar Degas and the ballerinas

Paris  , second half of 19th cent. the birthplace of modern art  and uncontested capital of modern western culture: the culture of money.                          Edgar Degas, artist. one of  the founders of the Impressionist Art movement. mostly famous for his depictions of ballet and the ballerinas.  … Continue reading

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life and times of a little prince: Antoine de St-Exupery

Once upon a time there was a boy ,  Antoine, Count of Saint -Exupery. born in 1900, in Lyon, France. not focused on his studies, no clue what to do with his life, then he found his passion : to be an airplane pilot.  it was the early days … Continue reading

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idiomatic expressions: a looking glass into the collective soul of a people.

” IDIOM” : a group of words , an expression, peculiar to a language,  cannot be translated word for word.  an idiom has a figurative meaning  that paints the collective  cultural experience  of the people  who speak that language.  i like to look up … Continue reading

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yin-yang symbol: topdog-underdog.

Zen Circle:  always drawn free-hand , never a perfect circle.  symbol of the Universe, symbol of Life, in its glorious imperfect state. There is no such thing as perfection.  Look for and enjoy the beauty and harmony of the imperfect.Yin-Yang symbol:  symbol … Continue reading

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the beauty of the desert: then and now

the beauty of the desert…THEN:  “what makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere, it hides a well.”  ( Antoine de St-Exupery) “Oye hijo mio, el silencio.  es un silencio ondulado.  un silencio donde resbalan valles y ecos y que inclina … Continue reading

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eyes are blind: look with your heart.

” here is my secret:  one sees clearly only with the heart.  anything essential is invisible to the eye”  “mais les yeux sont aveugles, il faut chercher avec le  coeur .”                               from The Little Prince  ( author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  French … Continue reading

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life and times of an underdog: big head

long forgotten chinese nursery rhyme:  ” big head, big head,  i have big head.  when it rains, people  needs  a cover,  i have my big head”.    chinese nursery rhymes, orally transmitted and compiled in 1900, by a missionary.  i had a … Continue reading

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my shadow

” No matter how fast you run, your shadow more than keeps up with you,  sometimes he is ahead”  (  forgot the author of this  witty remark) as a kid, i loved to play with my shadow,  as an adult … Continue reading

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life and times of an underdog: reach high

” Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for”                     ( Robert Browning. 19th cent. English poet).

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for you my love

” i went to the bird market.  i bought birds for you, my love.                                                         i went to the flower market, i bought flowers for you, my love.                                                     i went to the metal yard , i bought heavy chains … Continue reading

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Socrates: the way of the philosopher

” By all means marry.  if you get a good wife, you will be happy.  if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher”.                                                                                                 (Socrates,  Greek philosopher of the classic golden age of Greece. 5th century BC. one … Continue reading

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thirsty fish.

“I have a thirsty fish in me that can never find enough what it is thirsty for” Rumi, 13th century Sufi mystic and poet of Persia.

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the song of the reed flute

”  Listen to the story told by the reed of being separated:  since i was cut from the reed bed, i have made this crying sound. anyone apart from someone he loves, understands what i say. anyone pulled from a … Continue reading

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life and times of an underdog: my ancestors the Gauls

French Lyceum. third grade. learning by rot the history of France and the French people.   called to the blackboard , i began ” our ancestors the Gauls…..”  i stopped:”  teacher, i don’t think my ancestors were the Gauls!!!”  teacher looked up from her rimmed … Continue reading

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the pathway of silence.

” There is a pathway, between voice and presence, where information flows.  In disciplined silence it opens.  In wandering talk, it closes.” ( Rumi.  beloved Sufi mystic and poet.  13th century Persia.) “Have you heard the voices whispering on the … Continue reading

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Little People Big Friendship

Fear and hate entering children’s life.  the adorable little angels turning into pint size monsters . One of our neighbours : a special young man, in his twenties, super strong  extremely short for his age and stature. Relentlessly,  we children ganged together to harass him : ” dwarf dwarf!”     … Continue reading

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life and times of an underdog: Tarzan to-be.

i grew up in the household of my aunt.  the youngest child and a girl . my cousins  all boys,  barely tolerated my tagging along. Little me ,the underdog tagged along and played boys’ games, trained in kung fu, and watched action … Continue reading

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whereabout unknown

A visit to the temple. i asked the disciple where the Master was: ” Somewhere in the cloud-ridden mountain,  herb gathering, whereabout unknown” From Ancient China’s masters like these,  came  The Way of Tao, The Way of Zen and The … Continue reading

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Master mouse and Master elephant best friends.

Master elephant and Master mouse, best friends meeting to chew the fat.                      master elephant:  ” how come you are so tiny?”.  master mouse:  ” i was sick a lot as a kid.  how come you are so big?”.  master elephant:  … Continue reading

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greedy artist -soldier for humanity.

once upon a time,  there was a painter of great talent, who was also a monk. people liked his art but despised the man.  nickname:  “greedy artist”:   charged exorbitant fees and reserved his services to the highest bidder.  A courtesan called for … Continue reading

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song of the snails

To the funeral of a dead leaf, two snails were on their way.  in mourning mode,  veil and shell  painted black, the twosome  left , on a beautiful autumn evening… alas, when they reach destination, it’s already springtime. the leaves ,earlier dead, have all … Continue reading

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the wisdom of children: Aesop fable the crow and the fox.

Lyceum . first grade.  the class had to stage a play: Mr LaFontaine’s fable.( 17th century french version of greek Aesop’s fable):  The CROW AND THE FOX.  master crow perched on a branch, a cheese in its beak . master fox , at the foot of the … Continue reading

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la vida es sueno. Life is a dream

“…what is life? a frenzy.  what is life? an illusion, a shadow, a fiction  and the greatest profit is but small: for all of life is a dream,  and dreams are nothing but dreams” “Que es la vida? un frenesi. … Continue reading

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the butterfly and the philosopher.

“once upon a time, I chuang-zi, dreamed i was a butterfly, fluttering either thither, to all intents and purposes , a butterfly….suddenly i awoke, there i lay, myself again.  Now, i do not know whether i was a man dreaming … Continue reading

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frog living in the well and the philosopher.

” you cannot speak of ocean to a frog living in a well- a creature of narrow sphere. you cannot speak of ice to a summer insect-a creature of season….. but now that you have emerged from your narrow sphere, … Continue reading

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Monkey Equal to Heaven and the Journey to the West

Monkey:  in Chinese culture, represents the creative, playful and often rebellious side of human nature. left unchecked,  it is destructive. with the right  mentorship,  it is the instrument to great achievements. “JOURNEY TO THE WEST”  written in 15th cent. : one of the 4 … Continue reading

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stand by me

at least one  is standing…………… all rights reserved by veronesebellarte studio and L. chan.

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

Queen Elizabeth I England.  17th century. John Donne,  poet , satirist, cleric of the Anglican Church, a contemporary of Shakespeare,  a thinker lightyears ahead of his time.  Poem:       NO MAN IS AN ISLAND No man is an island entire of … Continue reading

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social conscience. massage profession reserved for the blind

centuries old tradition in China and related asian cultures:  in olden days, the profession of therapeutic masseur  strictly reserved for blind people.  they  walk ( yes,  THEY WALK)  their neighbourhood beat,  sounding a rattle . people  make time to invite them in.    nowaday,  the venerable profession is … Continue reading

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a Danish oyster named Thorkil Sonne

once upon a time,  a Danish oyster named Thorkil Sonne discovered a lethal grain of sand in his system:  his son was diagnosed autistic. a  black hole of hopelessness, that’s the life of  families involved with the illness:  no hope to help … Continue reading

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the song of the oyster and the pearl

Once upon a time,  oysters were on the verge of extinction:  the sand churned by the waves gets into their system : a slow but sure death.  the oysters fought back,  slowly but surely:  they secreted a special substance and turned the … Continue reading

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the ballad of Blind Tom Wiggins

1848-1904:  the life and time of Blind Tom Wiggins, born a slave . blind at birth, an autistic idiot savant and a musical prodigy.  exploited to the tilt:  world wide acclaimed concert performer and freak show superstar  at the same time from age six,   amassed a … Continue reading

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man and his conscience, according to Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

” my soul knows my meat is doing bad things and it is embarrassed … but my meat keeps right on doing bad dumb things”.                                                                                                  Kurt Vonnegut Jr. American novelist  and sharp tongued  satirist of  the human condition.  the day  he … Continue reading

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Woodstock, The Yellow Canary and the Artist

There is a theory that artists are useful to society because artists are supersensitive to currents of thoughts, yet to come,  the good the bad  and the ugly . artists are the harbinger of catastrophies very much like the yellow canary.  … Continue reading

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Moonlight Serenade from China . 8th century AD

Li Bai,  the greatest poet of Tang Dynasty China ( 7th-10th cent AD) and the most accomplished ” hippie” of his time : “A pot of wine,  under the flowering trees, alone I drink, no friend nearby. raising my cup … Continue reading

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the emperor and the nightingale.

Folktale. ” The Emperor and the nightingale”.  the bird with the  singing that melts the heart of men.  i looked for a likeness of the bird .  greatest disappointment,  no bird of paradise plumage to match the divine singing.  instead the drabbest grey … Continue reading

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the conscience of children is merciless

i am from the old school . love and discipline. physical punishment , not out of anger, but  as a physical reminder to the child not to  repeat reckless actions.   when i was 5,  my cousin and i loved to romp … Continue reading

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