Artsy Fartsy – Freedom From Want by Norman Rockwell


Freedom from Want, also known as The Thanksgiving Picture or I’ll Be Home for Christmas, is the third of the Four Freedoms series of four oil paintings by American artist Norman Rockwell. The works were inspired by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s 1941 State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms.

The painting was created in November 1942 and published in the March 6, 1943 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. All of the people in the picture were friends and family of Rockwell in Arlington, Vermont, who were photographed individually and painted into the scene. The work depicts a group of people gathered around a dinner table for a holiday meal. Having been partially created on Thanksgiving Day to depict the celebration, it has become an iconic representation of the Thanksgiving holiday and family holiday gatherings in general.

Three generations circle the food—a nuclear family more rarely seen today, but still existing in some hearts and minds as an ideal. (If Rockwell were painting now in 2013, what might that modern American family look like racially or even in terms of sexual orientation?) From the lower right corner, in the finest Renaissance tradition of painting, a young man looks out at you directly—the classic challenge to the viewer posed by the painter and his painting. His smile asks you to join in with the wonder at the bounty set before them, but is that all it asks? After more than a decade of overseas wars draining of us blood and treasure and an economic downturn further depleting our reserves of good will and thankfulness, that young man’s smile reminds us that the Thanksgiving thanks are not necessarily for abundant protein and four kinds of vegetables. Instead, the thankfulness is for having each other and the enduring capacity of people to free one another from all kinds of want—physical, emotional, and even spiritual.

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The Dragon’s Philosophy – Bend but do not Break



Exclusive BLW Video – Gavin Rossdale still wearing his wedding ring after rumors of cheating with the Nanny


According to, Gwen Stefani said, “I wish it didn’t happen – I wish that all this wasn’t happening,” the singer, 46, shared in an interview with radio show The Tommy Show that aired Wednesday on Washington D.C.’s 94.7 Fresh FM. “But at the same time, I feel like it was part of my life journey.”

In the midst of launching a new chapter of her personal life and career, she can’t help but reflect on older songs that capture her evolution with Rossdale throughout their 13-year marriage.

“Because of my situation right now, which we all know what I’m talking about, I feel like I go back and listen to a lot of that stuff and I’m, like, I get sick,” she explained. “You look at the songs and go, ‘That was a red flag. That was a moment where I was feeling just as bad as I feel today, and why did I keep it up?

Despite the “many bad things” to come of the longterm couple’s divorce – including speculation Rossdale cheated with the family’s former nanny – Stefani admits she has “got a lot of joy right now.”

“I’m in such a great place because I’ve been writing music,” she said. “For me … that’s just everything that I love about being alive because I hadn’t been able to do it for so long.”

Here is Exclusive footage of Bush frontman still wearing his wedding ring on daddy duties being a good father with his son in Beverly Hills.

BLW Interview w/Charlie Sheen after telling the World he has HIV



According to TMZ, at least six women have lawyered up in the last 24 hours and plan to sue Charlie Sheen for intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, sexual battery … and more are on the way.

A prominent Los Angeles lawyer tells TMZ, the 6 women contacted him Monday, and he has appointments with 4 more today.

The women claim they had both protected and unprotected sex with Sheen, as recently as last month, and he did not disclose his HIV status.

A source directly connected with Sheen says in the last 2 years, Sheen has had at least 200 partners, so the number of women who either will sue or plan to sue will almost certainly grow exponentially.

Charlie Sheen would vote and run with Donald Trump

BLW Interview w/ Trevor Noah, The Daily Show host

BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 06:  Comedian Trevor Noah performs on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on January 6, 2012 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

BURBANK, CA – JANUARY 06: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on January 6, 2012 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, TV and radio host, and actor. He is the host of American news satire television program The Daily Show, succeeding Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show star, Trevor Noah loves In-N-Out Burgers





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Sundays are for Lovers- All you Need is Love by The Beatles (Much Love in Paris)

All You Need Is Love (Across The Universe)

Artsy Fartsy -Yoko Ono and John Lennon “Bed-In” World Peace demonstration (Peace in Paris)



Knowing their March 20, 1969 marriage would be a huge press event, John and Yoko decided to use the publicity to promote world peace. They spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite (Room 702 – later renovated and became 902) at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 25 and 31, inviting the world’s press into their hotel room every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. After their other stunts, such as the nude cover of the Two Virgins album, the press were expecting them to be having sex, but instead the couple were sitting in bed—in John’s words “like angels”—talking about peace with signs over their bed reading “Hair Peace” and “Bed Peace”. After seven days, they flew to Vienna, Austria, where they held a Bagism press conference.

During April 1969, John and Yoko sent acorns to the heads of state in various countries around the world in hopes that they would plant them as a symbol of peace. For eight months, the couple was not granted a single visit with any world leader. Their marriage (“You can get married in Gibraltar near Spain”), the first Bed-In (“Talking in our beds for a week”), the Vienna press conference (“Made a lightning trip to Vienna…The newspapers said…”), and the acorns (“Fifty acorns tied in a sack”) were all mentioned in the song “The Ballad of John and Yoko“.

Due to John and Yoko’s very public image, the Amsterdam Bed-In was greeted by fans, and received a great deal of press coverage. Following the event, when asked if he thought the Bed-In had been successful, John became rather frustrated. He insisted that the failure of the press to take the couple seriously was part of what he and Yoko wanted: “It’s part of our policy not to be taken seriously. Our opposition, whoever they may be, in all manifest forms, don’t know how to handle humour. And we are humorous.

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BLW Interview w/ Martin Kove, legendary Cobra Kai Sensei from Karate Kid (Sweep the Leg!!!)


Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous Nero the Hero in the low-budget road race Death Race 2000 (1975), and then as Clem the sadistic rigger, breaking Jan-Michael Vincent‘s ribs in White Line Fever (1975). He cropped up on the television series Cagney & Lacey (1981) as honest Police Detective Isbecki, and then got on the wrong side of rampaging Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

Kove probably scored his greatest visibility to the public (in the hugely successful The Karate Kid (1984) in which he played John Kreese, the head instructor of the Cobra Kai karate school, and he reprised the role in the two sequels, The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989). Kove has since kept consistently busy, primarily in the action-thriller film genre, and has notched up over 80 film appearances to date, as well as numerous television guest roles.

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Cobra Kai Sensei John Kreese

Artsy Fartsy – How long does love last? by Wu Mingzhong



“How Long Does Love Last?” (2010) is a visually stunning and unabashedly passionate figurative color silk screen-print by famed Chinese Contemporary artist Wu Mingzhong that belongs to his larger body of paintings and prints that all feature figures reinterpreted as hollow glass vessels. This work measures 30.31 x 46.46 inches (77 x 118 cm) is an edition 32 of 60, is unframed in excellent condition. In “How Long Does Love Last” a hollow glass couple is depicted in the midst of a passionate kiss, the figures share the red wine they are both filled with. The transparent and breakable nature of Wu’s glass figures balances the emotional intensity of the moment, the liquid they contain symbolizes the ‘bottomless” human desire for love, passion and desire. 

Wu Mingzhong (China, b.1963) and graduated with a BFA from Hebei Normal University, Hebei in 1988, and an MFA from Capital Normal University, Beijing in 1997. He has exhibited internationally in top galleries and museums throughout the US., Europe, and Asia, including Today Art Museum, Beijing, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea. Currently, the artist is an Associate Professor and Director of Oil Painting Research Office at Capital Normal University, living and working in Beijing.

Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

The Dragon’s Philosophy – You can’t cage a Dragon