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The Judgement of Paris

The Judgement of Paris is a story from Greek mythology, which was one of the events that led up to the Trojan War and in later versions of the story to the foundation of Rome.

Eris, the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In revenge, Eris brought a golden apple, inscribed, “To the fairest one,” which she threw into the wedding. Three goddesses, Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, agreed to have Paris of Troy choose the fairest one. Paris chose Aphrodite, because she bribed him by giving him the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Sparta, wife of Menelaus. Paris carried Helen off to Troy, and the Greeks invaded Troy for Helen’s return. This was the cause of the Trojan War. Figuratively, the phrase, “The Judgment of Paris,” can mean the ultimate origin of a war or other event.

Art – “Judgement of Paris” by Michael Cheval

To Read

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

Art – Reading by Lamplight – George Clausen (1852–1944)

End of Art

“Do you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?”
Robert Musil – author of The Man Without Qualities.

I have started my poems out of an imperfect heart. I started my business out of an imperfect life wanting to do more—for me and for others.

Every person enters your life fighting the same conundrum. Your art can touch their souls and perfect some angles. Your magic might cast some threads in the community and create a better life.

Art – John Singer Sargent