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Una furtiva lagrima
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Honky Tonk Women
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The Rolling Stones Lyrics
"Honky Tonk Women"

I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis,
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
She had to heave me right across her shoulder
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind.

It's the honky tonk women
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

I laid a divorcee in New York City,
I had to put up some kind of a fight.
The lady then she covered me in roses,
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind.

It's the honky tonk women
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

(Yeah!) It's the honky tonk women.
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

(Yeah!) It's the honky tonk women.
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

State of the Union
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Does this image successfully convey my acute contempt for the ignorant piece of shit who occupies the White House?

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Everybody Must Get Stoned!
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Self Portrait
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Midtown Manhattan
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Mia Loren Sofia's Daughter
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Different Careers
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Wiki: James Jones (November 6, 1921 – May 9, 1977) was an American novelist known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. He won the 1952 National Book Award for his first published novel, From Here to Eternity, which was adapted for the big screen immediately and made into a television series a generation later.

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Chester Palcewski and James Jones served together briefly at the US Army's Schofield Barracks on the Hawaiian island of Oahu during WWII. Both went on in civilian life to significantly different careers.

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Preference
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Because we are used to seeing ourselves in a mirror, studies show, we often prefer the reflection over the face we see in photographs.





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Bella Napoli
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Hatshepsut
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Maria beside the statue of Pharaoh Hatshepsut, "Foremost of Noble Ladies," 1507 - 1458 BCE, the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Maria's blurred face is a metaphor for her parents' determination to obliterate her true identity by failing to disclose that she had been adopted. Gradually she comes into focus, assumes her true identity. As in ancient Egypt, when men and women were truly equal.

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Half A Century Ago
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Youngstown, Ohio. The neighborhood where I grew up. The aerial view suggests a rather normal residential area, but up close it shows clear signs of decay and abandonment.

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Another World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
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My Encounter With Muhammad Ali
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These are among the multitude of images I took on assignment for United Press International in early September, 1980, at Muhammad Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, PA. Ali was preparing for his final attempt to regain the World Heavyweight Championship from Larry Holmes, set for the following month at Caesar’s Palace. At the time Ali’s record was 56-3 with 37 knockouts. His three losses had been to Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Leon Spinks, and he later came back to defeat all three. Ali was about to fight for the first time in two years, whereas Holmes had successfully defended his crown three times that year.

Ali, despite being terribly out of shape, still proclaimed confidence. “Holmes is a great champion…and when I beat him, I truly will be king of kings, the greatest of all time.”





But, as boxing journalist James Slater put it a couple years ago, the fight in Las Vegas was “one of the most hard-to-watch and tragic boxing matches in history.”

From the start of the fight it was clear Ali was in trouble. “His timing was completely off” Slater wrote, “and his punches were lacking any snap whatsoever. Ali failed to win a single minute of a single round. Holmes even held back as the bout wore on, refusing to put full power into his hurtful punches. By the 8th and 9th rounds Ali was practically motionless and could barely hold up his hands. It was truly awful to see.





“Finally, over the protest of Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown, veteran trainer Angelo Dundee pulled his fighter out. Holmes was the winner by 11th round TKO, the one and only stoppage loss of Ali's long career.

“No one benefited from the contest. Not Holmes, who later cried at having beaten up the man who gave him his start, not the fans, who were witness to one of the most harrowing and pitiful boxing matches in history, and certainly not Ali, whose health was made even worse thanks to the taking of what was his 60th pro fight.

“It should never have happened, but it did.”









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Chester's Death Certificate
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I saw the obit in the Youngstown Vindicator, but I needed confirmation. I had to be absolutely sure he was now six feet under and I'd never see or hear from him again. Now, I read somewhere that a a myocardial infarction means a heart attack, but in the instance of an 89-year-old, it simplly means his heart stopped beating because he died, not the other way around. Dead. Gone forever.

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Neighbor's Flag
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The design of the Commonwealth flag of Puerto Rico reflects the close ties that bound the Cuban and Puerto Rico patriots in the 19th century for the flag that waves over the Capital of San Juan is the Cuban flag color reversed.

The flag was first used on December 22, 1895. A group of 59 Puerto Ricans led by Dr. Julio J. Henna, gather at "Chimney Corner Hall" in Manhattan, New York City and organizes a political group, attached to the Cuban Revolutionary Party, which advocated independence for Puerto Rico and Cuba from Spanish rule. As part of their activities, a flag was created to rally support for independence from Spain. The flag was soon adopted as a national symbol. In 1898, the flag became the mark of resistance to the US invasion; and in the 1930s it was adopted by the Nationalist Party. When Puerto Rico became a Commonwealth in July 25, 1952 it was officially adopted as the national flag.

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A Poet & Her Aunt
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This is a fresco by an anonymous 16th century Neapolitan artist entitled "Madonna of Mercy," which I photographed a few years ago at the convent of Sant Antonio di Padova, in Ischia Ponte. Renaissance poet Vittoria Colonna (at right) and her aunt Costanza d' Avalos presided over literary gatherings at Castello Aroganese.

from: A.S. Brundin
reply-to: Abigail
to: John Palcewski
date: Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 2:22 PM
subject: Re: Vittoria Colonna, cont.

Dear John,

After many years, I am coming back to you once again in the hopes that this is still the way to contact you. I am after permissions, as usual! We are publishing a 'Companion to Vittoria Colonna' with Brill, and a Swiss academic, Gaudenz Freuler, has written a piece on Colonna in portrait, including discussion of the Ischia altarpiece. Would it be possible to reprint your photograph (this time of the entire central panel, rather than just a detail of Vittoria) in the book? We will send you a copy to add to your library, of course! Do let me know.

Am I right that you moved back from Ischia to the US? Do you still keep your links with the island? I thought I had stopped working on Colonna some years ago, but she keeps coming back to haunt me!

All good wishes,
Abigail

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