The New Year And New Decade

A new year and a new decade has arrived. And with a new year there comes new territory to conquer. Alexander the Great is a good model to follow in such endeavors.

This painting is fanciful reproduction of a famous mosaic of Alexander (356-323BC), on horseback (on the left), defeating the Persian King Darius III at the battle of Issus in 333BC. Alexander eventually went on to subdue the entire Persian Empire, a remarkable feat when you consider that he died at age thirty-three. The original mosaic is from a Roman house in Pompeii from about 160BC. I prefer the more fanciful painting.

The point is: there are new things to do in this coming year and new paths to take. Although I cannot conquer territory in the sense of Alexander, there are other areas of life where conquest is still possible.

Ocean Nymph


Here is an ocean nymph, apparently enjoying her rocky grotto by the sea. These are delightful and mysterious creatures, and ones that should be avoided, if you happen to find yourself shipwrecked on some strange island, and seeking shelter in a cave by the shore.

Beautiful Art


There are many ways of expressing beauty, and art is one of the best. This is a nice painting by Luc-Olivier Merson, a French artist (1846-1920). Although he is primarily known as someone who belonged the Academic traditions of art, we see here some influence of the Impressionists, especially in the hazy color scheme and overall atmosphere.