Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… ~ Emma Lazarus
Blogging From A to Z Challenge – S
“S” is for statue; for this post it’s the Statue of Liberty.
Lady Liberty was a gift from the people of France and dedicated on October 28, 1886. She was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and made of copper. The statue represents Libertas, the Roman goddess, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)
I took the photo above on a trip to the “Big Apple” with my daughter. As I stood there looking up at Miss Liberty, I could only imagine what the immigrants felt when they entered New York Harbor and saw her. They were coming to America to begin a new and better life. She represented the hopes and dreams of some twelve million people who passed through Ellis Island and continues that esteemed purpose to this day.
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The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. ~ Stella Adler
Blogging From A to Z – P
“P” is for phantom; as in Phantom of the Opera.
When my daughter graduated from high school she requested a trip to New York City, in lieu of a graduation party. Obviously, the trip cost more than I would’ve spent on a party, but it was something we both wanted to do together as a way to celebrate her graduation. It was also a great excuse to travel!!
One of our many experiences was seeing Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. With 1,645 seats, it’s one of the largest Broadway venues and has traditionally been used for major musical productions.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece is the longest running show, which is in its 25th year. This haunting love story continues to wow audiences and is well worth the price of the ticket. If you get the chance be sure to see it!
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The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates
Blogging From A to Z Challenge
“D” is for Death of Socrates, as in the famous painting by Jacques Louis David.
This oil on canvas creation is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This photo I took isn’t the best, as the detail isn’t readily visible. However, a better quality picture, as well as some information about the artwork, is available by clicking on this link.
Socrates was the ancient philosopher born circa 470 BC, in Athens, Greece. He emphasized the importance of the mind over body and believed that ultimate wisdom comes from knowing oneself. He asked questions of his fellow Athenians in a dialectic method (the Socratic Method) which compelled the audience to think through a problem to a logical conclusion.
He spent most of his time going around Athens and questioning everyone from the elite class to the commoners, seeking to arrive at political and ethical truths. Because Socrates attacked the values that Athens held dear, he fell out of favor and was accused of corrupting the youth and failing to acknowledge the gods.
At trial Socrates had the chance to request an alternate punishment other than what the prosecution and jury recommended. However, his defiant tone and suggestion that he be honored for his contributions got him a death sentence that he readily accepted.
The portrait above depicts Socrates accepting the hemlock drink while gesturing and continuing a diatribe, possibly targeting the government that was prematurely ending his life. You’ve got to give the guy credit for standing up for his beliefs… all the way to the bitter end!