Vermeer art, myrrh, and sad news

I wanted to follow-up with David’s memory book.

I delivered the custom book yesterday am I sorry to share sad news, but… this is crazy –  well David’s father passed away too! He passed away 3 days ago while in the hospital for some complications with a major infection.   Some of us neighbors are going to be dropping off meals for them this week – and well, if you are the praying type, please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Now of course – this is just one more opportunity for us all to remember that life is precious.

I also want to take this opportunity to share some art by the Dutch painter Vermeer.

Vermeer died in 1675, at the young age 43, and that is also the same age David’s father was when he passed away last week.  And so in memory of my neighbor – and as reminder to us all to enjoy our life –  I decided to sync some images of Vermeer’s lively paintings to a song called “Your Life matters”  by Ashes Remain (here).

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A collage of Vermeer’s works:

vermeer collage

Now if you have time, I also want to share part of what we talked about last night – as I was teary eyed for this family, who is now enduring a double loss.  As we reflected on getting to know this family over the years, it led to this whole conversation about some powdered myrrh I bought at the Vitamin Cottage in Denver, CO.

myrrh

My first memory of getting to know David’s dad was in late summer 2005. I think it was a weekend.  Our boys were in our driveway shooting hoops with his boys.  The dad came over and we started to chat.  He shared that his back molar was bothering him – (which he got fixed that next week).  Well… I ran into the house to get him a small baggie of this “powdered myrrh” that I had bought in Denver earlier that summer. (Side note, ironically I had actually bought the bag of myrrh while on a trip to Denver for Kip White’s untimely funeral in 2005.)  The Myrrh helped his tooth that day – and our children used to hang out a bit.  Anyhow, talking about the “myrrh” last night brought some relief to the feeling of grief – and thinking of the trail of people who have received some of this myrrh was fun to think about.  For example, after I gave some to my aunt Maxine (it healed something she had on her cheek, which would not go away with anything else) well she then shared some of her myrrh with a couple people down in FL! 

label for the myrrh

I still have about 1/3 of the bag of this potent stuff, which is not easy to find.  

myrrh -- 2005 - 2

 

 

Okay, and without sounding too cheesy – please remember that your life matters, you are still here for a reason, and “every day that your heart keeps beating – there is purpose for your life.”

For more on Vermeer – check out this class project website HERE

Also, I am linking up with JNW’s beige (here) as well as Narami (here: https://narami.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/tuesdays-of-texture-week-5-of-2015/) – because just look at that powdery, rich beige, all natural, antimicrobial/antiseptic!

 

 


72 thoughts on “Vermeer art, myrrh, and sad news

  1. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you and the families.
    I have two Vermeer prints in my office, including The Paintor. We have gone all over Europe seeing as many of the originals as we could. He is magical~

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    1. Oh Cindy – you said something very crucial – “seeing” the originals is key – because most ART really is appreciated more in person – but all the more with certain painters – like this guy who was dissed by many! I have seen three in person – but it was easy for me because I live near DC and NYC – (but I saw one in europe too)

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    1. thanks so much – still kinda in shock – even tho I knew his sons more than I knew him – I ache for the family – and the young widow! have a nice day and thx again

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss…
    And you are right, we should make the best of the little time we’ve got – how come we keep forgetting such a crucial fact and it takes loss and tragedy to put things into perspective?…

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    1. I know Anna – slips the mind so much – and funny how it takes things like this to bring people together – well not always – but after yesterday we were all saying we need to connect more….. makes you appreciate breath – and people…

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  3. I’m so sorry for the sadness in Richmond and in your heart. Life is indeed precarious as well as precious. May God’s healing balm be poured out to this hurting family and to those who care for and love this family—-
    Love Vermeer and now very intrigued by the myrrh–hence it’s importance as a gift of the Magi- – –
    much love—Julie

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    1. Thx so much ❤ – and I think the importance of this as a gift was layered (as I am sure you know) and one reason was to symbolize that he was born to die (myrrh was used for embalming)- and to foreshadow what was to be his appointed departure –

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  4. I’m very sorry about your neighbor. It must be very hard for the survives with two this close together.

    Vermeer is one of my favorites. I’ve only seen a small handful of his paintings in person – they’re much smaller than I imagined.

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    1. thanks Trent – ❤
      I love Vermeer's blues most of all – and I love his "story" – but I have to admit that I vaguely remember what i felt when I saw his works – I get very over stimulated in art museums and start to tune many things out if we do too much in one day….

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    1. thx for saying that – and we are blessed to have them too – and when we voted last November – one of the ladies from the from the front part of the neighborhood was working the check-out desk and she said “I thought you guys were going to move?” (cos she knew we were looking – well right around 2009 and 2010 there some sweet real estate deals (jaw dropping deals) to be found and we were seriously thinking about scooping up a house with a bit more property)
      and then I told her – “well it would be hard to move because we are very comfy here” – and she beamed – 🙂 – so it goes both sways – ya know

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    1. thanks VW – and one thing that always brings me a bit of comfort is having the belief that “a person’s days are number” – and that the day of death is appointed – even with freewill I really believe God knows it all – He whispered our name before we were born … and He knows when our number is up down here… 🙂

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    1. agree Sue ❤ ❤ and I have a grieving "workbook" from 2001 that I am going to give to the mom (I mentioned it and she lit up and said yes, she'd like to peruse it). So glad I saved a few master copies of the workbooks from my counseling job in the early 2000's –
      and this gem of resource goes beyond the stages of grief and the process (which is good to know) – it offers ideas for personal ways to work thru grief and then has discussion starters she can use if she wants to go over it with family members. It also talks about that grief is a raw wound – and as such – it needs to be treated with care just like a skin burn or bone injury needs special care…

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  5. That is so sad Yvette. How the family must be grieving. All deaths are sad but sudden deaths are so hard to comprehend, especially when the loved ones are so young. Take care my friend, your neighbours are lucky to live near you and in a caring neighbourhood.

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  6. RIP… wish you peace, courage, strength and serenity… ❤
    * * *
    my Latin motto:"memento mori, carpe diem et gaudeamus igitur!" = remember you'll die, live up this very day and therefore, let's enjoy it to the fullest! Have a positive and optimistic week, chère Yvette! ❤

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  7. How sad Yvette..I am so sorry and my condolences. Wishing you, the boys and the family for strength and peace on this sad period..
    And I enjoy your review on Vermeer – love his paintings ..

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    1. Thanks Indah – and it has led to some nice discussions with our teens – as they learn so much during these formative years – and I imagine that his use of blues are right up your alley (or ocean – ha!) – but he truly is an inspiring artist because he was criticized for being old school or too formal – and he was overlooked and forgotten –
      but he stayed doing his thing!
      he stayed true to his desire to do quality work – and to do it in the way that his gut was telling him to and not how critics slammed his work.
      I guess another reminder to keep “do what we do” – do it well – and don;t always be a people pleaser! ha!

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  8. What a wonderful post and an important reminder. I am so sorry for your loss, and that of your neighbors’ family. They must be devastated.
    I love Vermeer–he is one of my favorite artists. He captured the small details of every day life. I think I heard that only 18 of his paintings survive–he was very slow and meticulous. We saw six or seven of them when we were in New York, and it was awesome. You did an incredible job on the video. Thanks so much for sharing it with us–you gave us all a little bit of myrrh today.

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    1. Thanks Narami – for the tender wishes and video compliment. 🙂
      and with Vermeer’s paintings -well they are truly meant to be savored – and wow – you have seen a lo tot them.
      Anyhow, on “Raiders of the Lost Art” they did an excellent job highlighting this colorful artist:

      “Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) produced only a few paintings in his lifetime reasons are unknown as to why but it could be due to the fact that he was also a Landlord at a rowdy tavern in Delft and also father of 11 children. The mystery surrounding Vermeer coupled with his limited output has made what artworks he did produce incredibly desirable, two were even stolen by Hitler in his looting during WWII. So eager have scholars been to find new Vermeer’s that in the early 20th Century, Han Van Meergeren one of the world’s most renowned forgers started to sell fake Vermeer’s for incredible amounts of money. We also trace his story and how Herman Goring come into ownership of one of his fakes….”
      more here:
      http://www.3ddproductions.com/news/raiders-of-the-lost-art-completes-production/

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  9. Oh Y, I’ve obviously missed your updates, being so caught up with all my ‘issues’ last week. So sorry to read of your loss of your neighbour (and someone else too…?) and such a beautiful tribute through the art of such an amazing artist (didn’t realise he died so young). And of course I remember you recommending Myrrh to me a few months ago when I had my tooth pain but I never could find any, only the clove oil which worked great with the dentist but when I tried I burnt my cheek and tongue! See how many people you’ve helped? You are such a kind, giving and tender-hearted person, I’m so glad I met you…and sending hugs, prayers for all concerned and my love ❤ xoxo

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    1. Thanks mon amie ❤
      and I have been sending you warm thoughts as you lost a lot of your writing – argh – cos as you know – been there too.

      and for some reason the powdered myrrh is extremely difficult to find – and this Denver, Colorado chain store (Vitamin Cottage) is unique because they have (had) huge BULK section with baggies of everything (maybe even pot now – lol) – for really good prices and with no gunk added. i.e. with this myrrh, they noted how it has no anti-caking additives so to expect it to get chunked up.

      anyhow, it has a bitter taste – and this four dollar bag has gone a long way. I also gave some to my brothers, a sister-n-law, the Gammons (for a holiday display where they put out gold and chunks of frankincense) –
      and a few more folks. Sorry the clove oil burned – I wonder if the dentist had a special mix of it with carrier oil – because I know this happened with oil of oregano (which by the way is amazing for for many things – but oregano oil is especially good for anything nasal/sinus) well some oils are extra potent essential oils and I wonder what your dentist used to carry it – BTW good for them for using natural alternatives. 🙂

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      1. Ahh…thanks so much Y, getting over that now, just… ha! And yes, I wonder if they do sell pot, it’s legal in Colorado now isn’t it? You got the best of the pure myrrh there that’s for sure. The dentist used something packed together with the clove oil and it worked like a dream but I don’t know what else it was. The over the counter stuff was so hard to apply. Oh I’m so glad that’s behind me! Have a great day mon amie, keep warm 🙂 ❤ xo

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    1. Thx Lisa – and both losses were sure unexpected and now life will take on a completely new flavor for that family – and whew, reminds me that we really don;t know what a day may bring forth –

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    1. thanks Kim – and my momma sometimes drops by my blog and she called me after I posted this and said when she saw my note about missing her – she said it felt like a hug… and I thought of you and your recent trip to see your dad – and well, I am so looking forward to seeing my mom this month. Cos even tho folks are with us and all that – sometimes we just need that human connection too – right… ❤

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  10. You taught us the value of life in this terrible loss.
    Powdered myrrh. I didn’t know that kind of a word with that spelling exists. 😀 Let alone the benefits. You are very informative… not to mention, generous and caring.

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    1. and if you were here in person I would let you try some powdered myrrh on a cotton swab. It is actually so unique – bitter and just different – ( bitter is the main word that comes to mind) –

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  11. (EN) Wow Y. Vermeer, the painter of “indoor life”, your neighbor death( a man and a family who “live inside” their house) and myrrh as remedy for “pain”. Great post, thanks 🙂
    (IT)Wow Y. Vermeer, il pittore della” vita all’ interno”, la morte del tuo vicino( un uomo e una famiglia che “vivono all’interno” della loro casa) e la mirra come rimedio al “dolore” .Fantastico post, grazie 🙂

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    1. Hi Forthemo – well I like the way you connected all that – and I tended to think of vermeer with his color (especially that blue) and the light/shadow – and did not realize he was also referred to as the “painter of indoor life” – how interesting – and what a cool triple connection you saw!! 🙂 ❤

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  12. ho trovato veramente incantevole il tuo blog, non solo per la qualità e la bellezza delle immagini, ma anche per la loro originalità, in apparenza partendo dalla semplicità degli elementi
    davvero molti complimenti e mille grazie
    Ven

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    1. Oh wow – what a coincidence – he was 43! and I am so sorry about the loss of your dad at such a relatively young age ❤ ❤ – and well, after talking with the momma on the weekend I was told David's dada was a few years older than 43 – (I need to go back and update the post with that) but still…. way too young and just so sad for such untimely passings.

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