Welcome

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In Marine Corps boot camp, if you are ordered, for whatever reason, to see the DI you knock LOUD. Then the DI says “ENTER!”

On the porch of our house this mat is what you see at the front door.

When you enter our house you don’t get the Marine Corps slogan: “Duty, God, Country”.

You don’t get JFK’s evil idea: “…ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Like what? To go to Vietnam? How is it that Kennedy, a Democrat, got us into that war, and it became a Republican war?

No, this is our welcome mat. Here you’ll be offered the secular Marine Corps slogan: “Honor, Courage, Commitment”.

ENTER!

And welcome aboard.

Published in: on October 30, 2007 at 6:29 pm  Comments (3)  

Living in the 1950’s

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Camera: Canon EOS XTi
October 25, 2007

A corner in my house that tells a story. This is the kind of wonderful way life was in the 1950’s.

The milk-man would drive his truck up to our house and leave a bottle of milk. Along the way, someone might stop him to buy a bottle or a case of milk. He’d stop and help put the milk in the buyer’s car.

This is a 1950 Borden’s Milk truck. The car is a 1940 Ford.

Everyone was nice to one another.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flamenco Guitar

This is one of my favorite styles of music. Since a child it has been.

Later, Ayn Rand described Spanish music (not specifically Flamenco) as having “passionate intensity”.

Paco de lucia is the best of it. Incredible talent!


Published in: on October 22, 2007 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Introducing Trent Grasse

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Fine Art #1

Mr. Grasse is a Master Photographer. Click on the image for a larger view of this work. It shows a cross-hatching technique that I admire and find fascinating.

 

See his site at Trent Grasse
He doesn’t title his works, so search his site. He makes ordinary things look extraordinary.

See his Portraits #’s 1 and 6.

And the incredible not-to-be-taken-for-granted photo #16 at his Recent Work.

 

Published in: on October 20, 2007 at 1:20 pm  Comments (1)  

A TITAN

“I wanted to share with you what we saw in Washington DC last week. We toured the Mall and made the usual stops at the WWII Memorial, the Wall, Lincoln Memorial, etc.

“At the Vietnam Wall we saw something unbelievable. We noticed three small index cards at the base of the Wall.

“I knelt down for a closer look and noticed that a 4-star general’s rank was pinned to each card.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had laid down his rank for his boys who died in Nam.

“Oct 1 was the day he stepped down as Chairman.”
-Anon

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If you can’t read it here’s what General Pace wrote on October 1, 2007:

1 OCT 2007

“FOR GUIDO FARINARO, USMC
THESE ARE YOURS – NOT MINE!
WITH LOVE AND RESPECT,
YOUR PLATOON LEADER

And he signed it Pete Pace.

What is the significance of this?

General Peter Pace was a junior officer in Vietnam when one of his men, Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro, was killed in battle. Some 40 years later General Pace still remembers. And he honors the memory of this individual to this day. He awards his four stars as a tribute to a fallen enlisted man.

It seems somewhat obscene to make a comparison, but it must be done. Senator John Kerry threw his almost certainly unearned ribbons and medals over a wall in 1972 in protest against–when it comes right down to the truth–individual men such as Guido Farinaro, and Peter Pace.

There are great men. And there are small men.

General Pace is a giant among us.

See One Less Good Man

Published in: on October 16, 2007 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

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Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Oils on linen

16 x 20″

1984

 

I’ve published a book of 70 of my works, 15 drawings and 55 paintings. Keep updated at “Art of Robert Tracy”. Soon you’ll be able to purchase the book. I’ll let you know.

My wife was 34 when I made this painting of her. Last Sunday was our 38th Wedding Anniversary. Today she looks the same as she did then. Today, as in 1984, she still looks to me as she did when I met her when she was 15, and I was barely 17.

Published in: on October 13, 2007 at 10:26 am  Comments (2)  

Happy Birthday “Atlas Shrugged”

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I’m happy to offer Ayn Rand’s favorite color in this simple graphic commemorating her monumental achievement in creating the greatest book ever written.

 

Happy Birthday Atlas Shrugged!

Published in: on October 10, 2007 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Introducing Gordon van Vliet

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Alone At Turning Point
Oils on canvas
6 x 8″
2007

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Courage In Blue
Oils on canvas
6 x 4″
2006

Gordon van Vliet

Here is an artist who’s work is honest and unpretentious. It presents a world of glory in the ordinary.

Why is his work so good?

It’s because he paints those subjects that are of personal value to him.

His color is vibrant.

His compositions are traditional, as they possess his own twist.

Who would think to put the power wires at the top of his “Alone At Turning Point”? A perfect idea.

The color harmony in his “Courage in Blue” is perfect.

Let the world wait in joyous anticipation for his next work.

See Gordon van Vliet

At his site are numerous works. And his notes on his art, good reading in its own right–shows a man who knows what he’s doing. How he does it. And why.

Published in: on October 9, 2007 at 11:39 am  Comments (2)  

One Less Good Man

Full Story By OnTheWeb

One Less Good Man
by Joseph A. Kinney
September 30, 2007

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“In a few short days, General Peter Pace, the first Marine to Chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be leaving his post and the Corps that he has served for 40 years. For a Marine Corps in search of a few good men, they will have one less when Pace leaves. In fact, they will be losing a giant of a man who has asserted moral leadership in the face of enormous pressure just when it was needed….

“…there is no doubt that Pace is a warrior’s warrior, caring deeply for those who wear the colors of this country. He demonstrated moral firmness as a young platoon commander in Vietnam and continues to do so as his final day nears. In Vietnam, Pace’s platoon was often fired upon from the edge of villages, but never once did he blindly retaliate. This showed Pace to be a measured man, understanding his purpose and mission whatever the emotion.

“Throughout his career, Pace has shown that he knows right from wrong, a quality lacking in much of officialdom. It can be said that Pace began with a strong moral compass that he never lost….

“It is well known that Pace maintained a photo of a Marine under the glass on his desk. The photo was of Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro. This young enlisted man was the first man that Pace commanded who died in combat. Recently, Pace journeyed to Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York to pay tribute to the soul behind the photo. As one enters this Catholic School, there is a plaque honoring the 55 graduates who have died in combat. Farinaro’s name is halfway down the list.

“Pace told the gathered students that Guido was gunned down by a sniper. He recalled that as he stayed with Guido, ‘a sense of rage came through me, and as the platoon leader, I started calling in an artillery strike on the village where the round had been fired.’ As he began calling for the ‘fire mission,’ Pace noticed the disdain of a Marine standing nearby. He immediately knew that he was wrong, and canceled the mission.

“’Regardless what you do in your life, hold on to your moral compass,’” Pace said to the assembled students about this lesson. ‘When you are emotionally least capable of defending yourself is when the biggest challenge will come. If you don’t have an idea of what you will let yourself do and what you will not let yourself do, you may find that you have done something that you would never believe yourself capable of doing.’

“Pace continued with his lesson. ‘We don’t control when we are going to die. We do control how we live. I still owe Guido and his fellow Marines, and now so many others, more than I can ever repay.” He concluded: “I ask you to embrace the path that God lays out for you: do the very best you can on that path and take care of the people near you who look to you for leadership.’”

Published in: on October 2, 2007 at 9:51 am  Comments (2)