Culture, Life

Cattywampus Day: A Time to Celebrate

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, religious gatherings, common decency and life itself have been put on hold indefinitely because of that “thing” that has provided the roaring pretext for unending lock downs across the nation.  (Spreading the “thing” via political protests is apparently okay, though.)

Fortunately, I may have a partial solution for some of you. Continue reading “Cattywampus Day: A Time to Celebrate”

Arts, Culture, Endeavors

Prokudin-Gorsky’s Images of Early 20th-Century Russia

Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii / Public domain-Russia

The “Russias”

Stretched across two continents, lies that far-flung spread known in the broadest terms as “Russia,” though it has often been pluralized as “the Russias.” Part European, part Asian, the national anthem memorializes this diverse conglomeration of tribes and ethnicities as “the age-old union of fraternal peoples.” Continue reading “Prokudin-Gorsky’s Images of Early 20th-Century Russia”

Arts, Culture

Black-and-White Russians in Living Color

Because of a change in Internet service providers, The Sea Pearl’s publishing schedule was interrupted this past week. So I’m going to do something I never do (“Never? Well, hardly ever.”), which is to publish a link to somebody else’s site. (I rarely refer to private websites, which often disappear, but this one is really special. You have to see it to believe it.)

My other half sometimes shouts with joy when he discovers old Kodachrome photos online. Recently he came across colorized black-and-white photographs taken during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Russia. Continue reading “Black-and-White Russians in Living Color”