Wisdom on Wednesdays—“the only man who stands alone”

Gertrude with Violin, c. 1946, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in.

“One thing common to the millions of conformist individualists is that they are suffering under the delusion that they are alone and fighting a back-to-the-wall losing battle against authority.  Actually, the only man who stands alone today is the person (not individual) who makes decisions which are basically moral, and who takes full responsibility.”  (1961)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The mark of God’s love

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Gertrude, pastel on paper, c. 1918, 20 x 15 in.

“Man is only happy in cooperating with his individual destiny.  All men are destined to perfect virtue.
Some men are destined to achieve virtue before death.
Some are destined to achieve it after death.
It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death.  The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.”

(October 19, 1929)

Reminder: Silvermine talk tomorrow

Signed copies of the new book from Arcadia Publishing will be available.

A reminder that my talk on Silvermine is tomorrow evening, July 12, 2017, at 6:30 at Mill Hill Historic Park in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Hosted by the Norwalk Historical Society, “Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History, and Beauty,” features vintage photos from my new book Silvermine from Arcadia Publishing.

The new book on Silvermine includes over 170 vintage photos collected from local historical societies, the Carl Schmitt Foundation, and Silvermine residents. 
In this photo from the CSF archives,  Silvermine children strike a serious pose at a birthday party at the big rock in front of the Borglum house.  Artist’s children, particularly those of the Borglum, Schmitt, Gutmann, and Meek families, swam in the river in the summer and skated on the pond in the winter, gathering for birthdays, Fourths of July, and other celebrations.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, so if you’re in Connecticut or near New York City, I’d love to see you and sign your copy.  Click here for more information.

Gertrude Lord (Carl Schmitt’s future wife) at the Indian camp presented at the 1912 Country Fair in New Canaan, Connecticut. The fair, held on the grounds of St. Aloysius Catholic Church on South Street, included demonstrations by the local Boy Scout troop, a Punch and Judy show, a menagerie of wild animals, and, of course, fireworks.