Daily Bread for 11.9.13

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly sunny, and breezy, with a high of fifty-three. We’ll have west winds of ten to twenty mph, with gusts as reaching 30 mph.

What if, as a painter, one were to choose people, themselves, as both subjects and parts of one’s paintings? To be an artist like that would be to be someone like Alexa Meade:

On this day in 1989, the Berlin Wall opens:

East German officials today opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble that was quickly snatched up by souvenir hunters.

The East German action followed a decision by Hungarian officials a few weeks earlier to open the border between Hungary and Austria. This effectively ended the purpose of the Berlin Wall, since East German citizens could now circumvent it by going through Hungary, into Austria, and thence into West Germany. The decision to open the wall was also a reflection of the immense political changes taking place in East Germany, where the old communist leadership was rapidly losing power and the populace was demanding free elections and movement toward a free market system….

On 11.9.1968, an earthquake in Wisconsin:

1968 – Earthquake Shakes Wisconsin
On this date one of the strongest earthquakes in the central United States occurred in south-central Illinois. Measured at a magnitude of 5.3, press reports from LaCrosse, Milwaukee, Port Washington, Portage, Prairie Du Chien, and Sheboygan indicated that the shock was felt in these cities. [Source: United States Geological Survey]

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