August 14, 2021
While Kathy, Uno and myself were in Greer I had a telemed conference scheduled with a highly recommended neurosurgeon. There was only one problem.
"Whistler's Mean Mandolin Playing Mother"
Of course, that is a joke. As a pose, Whistler's Mother is a classic trope that looks more like this:
"Whistler's Mother's Traditional"
But when I see her, I see a mandolin crazed mamacita. Meanwhile, I also see other crazed mamacitas because, that is my predilection.
Of course, none of this has anything to do with this.
William Penn's Head
Yes, that's Fred Ullberg, a worker at the Tacony Iron Works with the head of Alexander Milne Calder's statue of William Penn, 1893, which ended up as a 37-foot-statue of Penn at the Philadelphia City Hall. Illustrating the fact that a big, fat cowboy hat on an oversized head, is not a new thing, man.
“It will take some clever appraisal on your part, but your clothes should express value without extravagance, warmth without being brazen, and understanding without looking like Whistler's Mother.”
—Anne Fogarty, "Wife Dressing: The Fine Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife"