Five Cows

The Cheesesellers Wife

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
As it stutters on the road below
Dark shapes against the winter sun
Standing where the cold wind blows

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
An audience for our tragic play
As we rush to and fro
Missing the slow beat of life around us

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

First posted 2016

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Music Recommendation: Bruce Dennis “In Your Hands”


Music: “In Your Hands” from the album ALL OUR DAYS

Artist: Bruce Dennis

Artist Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

Info: “Bruce is a NZ-based singer/songwriter who has played and toured with a number of Australasian and International artists. After working extensively with blues icons Midge Marsden and Sonny Day, Bruce’s passion for ‘roots’ music coupled with his emergence as a songwriter led to him becoming an in-demand opening act for artists like US alt-country bluesmen Bo Ramsey, the Warratahs and Wayne Mason.”

Price: $1 (USD) or $8 (USD) for 10-track album

Genre: Country. Country Rock. Country Blues. Singer-Songwriter.


Bruce Dennis on Bandcamp

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Art — Christmas, Clothing, Collectors


• Political cartoonist Thomas Nast was also famous for his drawings of Christmas and of Santa Claus, and he was responsible for many of the ideas we associate with Santa Claus — the red and white suit of clothing, the workshop at the North Pole, and the reading by Santa Claus of letters sent to him by children. In a drawing titled Christmas Flirtation, Mr. Nast drew Julia, his daughter, standing under some mistletoe. In England, boys followed the custom of kissing a girl, then removing a berry from the mistletoe. Once the berries were gone, the boys no longer were allowed to kiss the girl. The mistletoe that Julia is standing underneath is heavily laden with berries.

• In the comic strip Peanuts, Lucy sometimes dispensed psychiatric help in a booth for 5 cents. One winter Benjamin Weininger, a psychiatrist at the Southern California Counseling Center in Los Angeles, followed her example. He sat in a lemonade stand bearing the sign, “In the Xmas Spirit … Counseling 5 cents.” However, Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, pointed out that the sign was not entirely correct — when it’s cold, Lucy raises her price to 7 cents.


• Early in her career, photographer Margaret Bourke-White had little money to spend on clothing. Her professional clothing consisted of one grey suit, with red accessories and blue accessories. She alternated the use of the red accessories and the blue accessories, and she kept notes of what she was wearing when she met with customers. If she had worn the red accessories the last time she had met a particular customer, she made sure to wear the blue accessories the next time she met that particular customer.

• Gertrude Stein was able to buy paintings by Picasso and other famous artists early in their careers partly because she economized on clothing. In a conversation with Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, she advised Hadley to buy clothes for durability and not for style, and to buy paintings with the money thus saved. During the conversation, Hadley had a difficult time refraining from looking at Ms. Stein’s eccentric and decidedly unfashionable clothing.

• Mexican artist Diego Rivera knew what was important in life. While he was living in Paris, a fire broke out in his apartment one night as he was sleeping. Mr. Rivera ran around, gathering paintings and taking them outside to safety. Only after he had saved several paintings did he discover that he wasn’t wearing any pants.


• A man who had become rich through cheating the customers who shopped at his chain of stores spent millions to acquire works of art that he hung on his walls and gloated over. He often invited people to his mansion and asked them to point out anything that was not refined, but no one ever did. One day, the rich man invited a Buddhist monk to view his art collection. The monk said, “Your art collection is really exquisite and refined, but one thing is not in harmony with it.” Surprised, the rich man asked, “What is that?” The monk replied, “You.”

• An Australian artist knew that soprano Frances Alda collected art, so he booked passage on a ship he knew she was sailing on, and he set up an exhibition in the ship’s lounge. The captain of the ship invited her to the art exhibition, but unfortunately for the artist Ms. Alda was knowledgeable about art. She entered the ship’s lounge, glanced at the paintings on display — then uttered “Good God!” and walked out.


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