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Swiss guards are the coolest. I want to be friends with them.
Early at 5:30 a.m. when I arrived with some Loyola students and asked some Swiss Guards using Swiss-German dialect where to wait, they responded so casually in dialect and even joked around. That made my day.
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So yesterday I told you all that students in my program got invited to a Papal Audience today. Here’s a brief log of what happened.
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It’s almost election time, so I thought I should share this interesting story that touches suits in American politics! It will be helpful for my research (because I am narrowing it down to suits).
Painting the Women of the 112th, Powersuit by Powersuit
It didn’t start out as a political statement, exactly. Emily Nemens, a writer and illustrator in New York, simply wanted to take on a new creative project, preferably in watercolor. For four years already — between jobs at the Met, and later, at the American Institute of Architects — she’d done a series of watercolor mouth paintings: beautiful, complex images of plump rosy lips, some with objects clenched between them. She’d also illustrated comic books, and published a collection of short stories.
But she’d always been fascinated by political portraiture and the way it could convey the personality of a subject. She’d also noticed how much of that portraiture (save for a few French revolution portraits, and some queens of England) lacked women. And so, in early 2011, right around the time Michelle Bachmann hit the national stage, Nemens set out to paint the female members of Congress — all 94 of them. “I want to honor the breadth and diversity of women in power, as well as bring attention to certain disconcerting characteristics about them,” Nemens says. “The rainbow of power suits, the big hair, the gaudy jewelry and toothy smiles … and, of course, the fact that they collectively are only 17 percent of Congress.”
"Learn knowledge and teach it to the people. Learn how to have yourselves an aura of dignity and peace. Be humble to those that have taught you knowledge, and be humble to those that you have taught knowledge. And do not be haughty scholars; otherwise, your knowledge will not rise due to your ignorance."
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Late night gelato and beer by the pantheon.
Giolitti (one of the best gelaterias in town since 1900)
Via Uffici del Vicario, 40
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Aperitifs! Something I wish we would include as part of our culture in the US…