Monday, March 24, 2014

The boustrophedon form

 Three thousand years ago, an early form of writing developed in Babylonia was written in the boustrophedon form: every other line was written from right to left.

The standard from:

Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

  In the boustrophedon form:

 Mary had a little lamb

Wons sa etihw saw eceelf sti

And everywhere that Mary went

Og ot erus saw bmal eht

It takes a bit to learn how to read it, but in stride, you could read almost twice as fast.

Source: Peter Watson: "a history of thought and invention, from fire to freud", Harper Perennial, 2005.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mid-Michigan Model Train Show

The 34th Annual Mid-Michigan Model Train Show will be held on MARCH 23, 2014, 11am to 4 pm at the Finch Field House, CMU, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Free parking, operating layouts, vendors, and food concessions are available. The show is sponsored by Dog Tales, Inc. (Therapy Dogs Reading with Kids) and Clare Depot Preservations, Inc. Admission for adults is $4 and kids are free.


Friday, March 7, 2014

The unique art of Philip Carey

An exhibition of the "Postal Art & Dream Drawings" of Philip Carey will be in the Morey Family Gallery in Art Reach through March 31.  Carey's postal art depicts the adventures of "mini-Philip", phobias, scenes from dialysis, landscapes, travel and colorful designs. These are created with #10 envelopes, ink, and Prismacolor pencil during his three times a week 3 1/2 hour kidney dialysis treatments that keep him alive. This California artist has had many fascinating careers, including as a professional singer, serving in the Navy, and for 35 years as an exhibits designer/installer at the California Museum of Science and Industry, and other venues. Carey's work has won many awards and has been exhibited in California, Chicago,  Michigan, and other areas.
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