New Shingles Made the Whole Outside of the House Look New

An old roof makes your whole house look ugly. We had worn shingles with years of grime from the railroad cars carrying coal that were nearby. We also had algae growing on the porch roof shingles that was unsightly. The algae does not really damage the shingles in a way to make them leak, but it sure looks bad. Even after cleaning there was a gray residue that could be seen. The only way to rid a home of it is to cut back the offending trees that are shading the roof and call a roofing company in NYC to put on new shingles.

The old way roofs were redone was tedious and messy. Continue reading New Shingles Made the Whole Outside of the House Look New

The Best Security for My Daughter

When our daughter was born, my wife and I instantly fell in love with her. It seems just like yesterday, but somehow nearly 21 years have passed since that day that changed our lives. She graduated from college last month, and she was ready to set the world on fire. She already had a great job lined up, and she picked out a small cottage about five minutes from her work to rent. I checked everything out there and gave my okay on everything but one thing. I would feel much better if she had an ADT security system installed, so I talked with her landlord about that.

I had no problem with paying for the equipment, installation and monitoring service fees. I just wanted to make sure he was okay with this. If not, it would have been a deal breaker. Thankfully, he saw no problem and even said he would arrange for the installation. Continue reading The Best Security for My Daughter

The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso might be one of the most influential artists of the 1800s. Born in Spain, Picasso was noted to be a child protegy, and his talents were recognized early on. Picasso was a rebel, and could often be found frequenting the intellectual cafes of Paris as a young teenager. His lifestyle certainly influenced his art, and it is a large part of the reason that he is still recognized as a renowned artist today.

Picasso began his entry into the artwork as a young child, and some of his earliest work includes two self portraits, “Child With A Dove” and “The Absinthe Drinker”. In his earliest years, he often expressed feeling confined by the medium for his art and the limited potential a traditional mode of artistry allowed him. Continue reading The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso

A Fresh Look at the Spanish Artist Joan Miro

The 2012 Joan Miro show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC offers a fresh look at this important Spanish artist of the twentieth century. Entitled “The Ladder of Escape,” it provides new insights into the political views of the famed artist and sculptor.

When you think of Miro you probably think of bright colors and whimsical objects. There are some examples of that in this exhibit but there are also darker works that will probably be new to most audiences. After all, Miro lived through very turbulent times including both World War I and World War II, the Spanish Civil War and the long regime of the dictator Francisco Franco. Also important to his identity was his birth in Catalonia, a region in northern Spain that has its own distinct culture and long struggle for autonomy.

The show begins with Miro’s depictions of the family farm and surroundings in Catalonia. Continue reading A Fresh Look at the Spanish Artist Joan Miro