A Yankee born in Michigan who graduated from Boys Town, Nebraska, came down south to Mississippi to live and deer hunt, was
soon given the nickname of ~ TWO DOGS TALL!
Photo credit: Patrick Kavanagh

Saturday, March 31, 2012

End of the Month Paintings

Camp At Base Of Mountain
12 x 16 - Canvas
Media - Acrylic

An Art-C Santa Fe Church
11 x 14 Canvas
Media - Acrylic

A Summer Scene At Dusk
11 x 14 Canvas
Media - Acrylic

Tepees On The Indian Plains
11 x 14 Canvas
Media - Acrylic

Cedar Tree In A Gorge
11 x 14 Canvas
Media - Acrylic

Sun Setting In The Woods
12 x 16 Canvas
Media - Acrylic

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Latest Paintings

Indian Pow Wow

Flocking of The Birds

Home Sweet Home

Things Falling From The Sky

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Paintings Sold

I'm so happy to announce that my paintings, Sioux Indian Tepee in Montana and Beautiful Fall Mountain shown here have been sold to vicomtesse who has a blog called, A Salon. 

On February, 13, 2012 she posted about one of my paintings, Beautiful Fall Mountain, and said that I had inspired her to paint again.  She bought the two paintings shown above and should arrive today in Virginia.  

Painting has been a rewarding hobby for me and thankful for my daughter, Karen and son-in-law, Ron, for helping me find my new talent that has been hidden all these years. Ron has an art supply store in Santa Fe, NM and Albuquerque called, Artisan and he sends me supplies.  My daughter, Karen, is also an artist and you can see some of her paintings on her site, KarenWhitmore.com.  This has really helped me since I have Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease and other health issues to contend with.  I also make copper trees to sell and Marian and I hope to sell my trees and paintings next month at RIVERFEST which includes a flea market around the Old Court House Museum that stood during the Siege of Vicksburg.  

Many thanks to vicomtesse for buying my paintings and I hope she will enjoy them for years to come.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sainthood In Omaha

By The Associated Press
March 3, 2012

Omaha, Neb. - A Roman Catholic priest whose efforts to help troubled Omaha youth were made famous by Spencer Tracy's Academy Award-winning portrayal of him in the 1938 movie "Boys Town" has been nominated for sainthood.

Archbishop George Lucas posted an announcement on the doors of St. Cecilia Cathedral Monday saying the Omaha Archdiocese had begun the process of seeking sainthood for the Rev. Edward Flanagan. 

"We are humbled and overjoyed," said Steven Wolf, president of the Father Flanagan League, which as long sought sainthood for Flanagan.  "We see this as response to the Holy Spirit that is moving through an international groundswell of devotion that, as best we can measure at this time, includes devotion to Father Flanagan by the faithful in nine countries and 36 states here in the U.S."

Father Edward Flanagan, center, surrounded by his charges in 1942.

The Irish-born Flanagan, who died of a heart attack in 1948 at age 61 while visiting Germany, founded the Boys Town orphanage in a downtown Omaha home in 1917.  Boys Town moved to is current west Omaha location several years later and today serves as a center for troubled area youth while running campuses and programs for thousands of other boys and girls across the country.  The organization also operates an Omaha research hospital and a national resource and training center, and it has a publishing arm, Boys Town Press.

Lucas said the archdiocese will open a cause for sainthood on March 17, which is St. Patrick's Day, at Flanagan's grave site on the Boys town grounds.  On that day, Flanagan will be named a "servant of God" and a group of tribunal members will be assembled to review Flanagan's life work.  According to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the church then requires three more steps for a candidate to become a saint: veneration, beatification and canonization.

Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha with a framed notice opening the cause for the beatification and canonization of Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan.

In the first step, the title of "venerable" is given to someone who has died and been recognized by the pope as having lived heroic virtues.  To be beatified, one miracle must be attributed to the candidate.  Canonization requires a second miracle, although the pope might waive some of these requirements.

The Father Flanagan League has gathered testimony from six people in its quest to prove to the Vatican that Flanagan is responsible for several miracles, all involving the curing of illnesses.  Among those who testified is a woman from Italy who says she was cured of what should have been a fatal brain aneurysm after praying for Flanagan's help. Wolf said.  Another woman from Omaha says prayers to Flanagan cured her of advanced breast cancer.

Wolf noted that the six cases are yet to be proved with medical documentation, but the group hopes the Vatican will find miracles occurred in at least two of the cases.

What is certain is that the road to sainthood will be a long one.

"Usually, it's a pretty slow process," the Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown university, said of attaining sainthood. "Except for some recent ones like Mother Teresa and John Paul II, we're talking 20 years before some of these people get through the process.
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