Apocalypse averted – for some but not others; and some beautiful images to soothe the soul

November 3, 2012 at 12:49 am (Art, Local interest (Baltimore-Washington), Weather)

As Governor O’Malley has observed, we here in Maryland were spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive rampage. Not so the people of New York and New Jersey, as you no doubt know by now.

I spent six of my childhood summers in Deal, New Jersey, in a large and stately home that we rented for the season. I remember that the house was furnished with a large library that included a great many Nancy Drew mysteries; I naturally read each and every one of them.

(Stylistically, the house in Deal resembled this Tudor revival edifice featured on the borough’s website.)

Deal was a sleepy, albeit beautiful, little place. For livelier entertainment, my parents would take us to Asbury Park, where we would stroll the boardwalk, shoot skee ball, and much on peanuts purchased at the Planters store. I fear now that all of that is gone.   

Click here for some ways in which you can contribute to the recovery effort.


In her new book Glittering Images, Camille Paglia pleads eloquently for  the return to primacy of the visual arts. “We must relearn how to see,” she urges us. Paglia continues, her tone is almost imploring:

Children above all deserve rescue from the torrential stream of flickering images, which addict them to seductive distractions and make social reality, with its duties and ethical concerns, seem dull and futile. The only way to teach focus is to present the eye with opportunities for steady perception— best supplied by the contemplation of art. Looking at art requires stillness and receptivity, which realign our senses and produce a magical tranquillity.

Here are some images that may contribute toward that tranquility – or at least, toward a sense of mystery.

By Caspar David Friedrich:

View of a harbor

Winter landscape

Wanderer in a Sea of Mists

By Karl Friedrich Schinkel:

Medieval Town by Water


Medieval City on a River

By Carl Philipp Fohr:

The Knight before the Charcoal-burner’s Hut

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