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Great, small J.P. Morgan Library and Museum in NYC

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The library here is one of the most stunning rooms you will ever see!; the large tapestry, once owned by King Henry VIII, was woven in the early 1500s and is, ironically, titled Triumph Over Avarice

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

The Riva degli Schiavoni Seen from the Market at the Pier, Canaletto, 1755; Morgan died in Rome in 1913 with a fortune estimated at $80 million (roughly $1.2 billion today) prompting John D. Rockefeller to say 'he wasn't even a rich man'

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

JP Morgan's study was described by historian Wayne Andrews as one of the greatest achievements of American interior decoration; admission to the library and museum cost $22

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

From the early 18th century, this elegant Chinese vase is noteworthy because of its deep red monochrome glaze; derived from copper, these glazes were notoriously difficult to maintain at high heat making pieces like this one highly treasured

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The Last Supper, Peter Paul Rubens, 1614; here Rubens placed the figure of Judas (instead of Christ) center-most in the composition; this work was part of a series for a Roman Catholic prayer book

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The manuscript collection contains authors' original manuscripts, including some by Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Charles Dickens and John Keats (shown here); there are also letters from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

The rotunda has a ceiling inspired by Raphael which contains themed murals alluding to material in Morgan's collection; the floors are clad with multicolored marble, the pattern of which is based on that of the Villa Pia in the Vatican

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

J.P. Morgan was 51 years old when he sat for this portrait by Frank Holl; the banker was so fond of the work that he gave photographs of it to his friends (I'm glad my friends don't do this!)

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

The Morgan study even included a very large walk-in bank vault!; the banker needed a secure-place to store high-value manuscripts, books and objects brought to him by dealers for consideration

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

This Gospel Book was commissioned by Countess Mathilda of Tuscany for the Abbey of San Benedetto di Polirone (near Mantua), which was founded by her grandfather in 1007; the exceptional drawings were very rare in Italian gospels

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

Pair of Cups with Decoration of Cranes, Roman, early 1st century; during the Panic of 1907, J.P. Morgan organized a coalition of financiers that saved the American monetary system from collapse

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

This enameled book cover with Crucifixion plaque was made in Limoges, France around 1190; medieval Limoges arose on the site of a former Roman town that had a strong goldsmithing tradition

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

The Morgan is the only institution in the world to possess 3 copies of the Gutenberg Bible (1455); one Morgan copy is on vellum while two (including this one) are on paper

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

This original Frederic Chopin work was written in 1843 while the composer spent the summer with his partner, the female writer known as George Sand; this work has become a core part of the piano repetoire

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The finest treasure binding of the Carolingian Dynasty (750-887 AD) adorned the Lindau Gospels; the cover may have been made at the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (near Paris) where Charlemagne's grandson was secular abbot

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

The figures in the lunettes (just above the books) alternate between allegorical female muses and notable artists, explorers, or teachers; Morgan, a big believer in the zodiac, also highlighted these symbols

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

This edition of Aesop's Fables contains the complete fables in Latin and French with brief summaries in English; fewer than 20 copies of this edition remain since most were destroyed in the Great London Fire of 1666

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

Following Greek traditions, magnificent jewelry was produced around the Black Sea for nearby wealthy tribes such as the Sarmatians; these pieces date from 150BC to 200AD

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

The Morgan was expanded in 2006 by the world-famous architect Renzo Piano; the addition of light-filled pavilions served to connect the three historic structures on the property

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Donor Presenting a Mummified Osiris, Thebes, Egypt, 640BC; Morgan avoided serving during the Civil War by paying a substitute $300 to take his place; you can see the museum and library in an hour

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Portrait of a Man, Domenico Tintoretto, c. 1600; the sitter for this portrait is believed to be a Moorish ambassador to the Venetian court; the painter is the son of the more famous Jacopo Tintoretto

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Landscape, Georges Seurat, 1881; this haunting work in black looks so different from the colorful Surrealist paintings for which Seurat became famous; shows what a difference some color makes!

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Chalice of St. Michael, Siena, 1320; Morgan had several areas in which he focused his collection but was also known for buying anything he thought displayed incredible workmanship and/or had historical significance

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Morgan formed several prominent corporations including U.S. Steel, International Harvester and GE; I just read The Personal Librarian which is a fictitious story based on JP Morgan's library and I highly recommend it!

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Fort Worth Botanic Garden-a gem on the prairie

The rose gardens were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden plopped onto the prairie

The rose gardens were outlined with slow-growing boxwoods creating gorgeous parterres (even with the roses not in bloom); this garden was just jaw-dropping and looked like a formal European garden plopped onto the prairie

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000  natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

I can just imagine Claude Monet painting here; Fort Worth contains 1,000+ natural-gas wells tapping the Barnett Shale within city limits with no restrictions on where they can be placed

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Ft. Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

Spring Ballet, Andre Harvey, 1981; this delightful sculpture graces the entrance to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; it is just one example of the many pieces purchased by the Ft. Worth Art Commission to beautify the city

This spot just epitomizes all I love about Texas with the live oak creating much needed shade; as a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town

This spot just epitomizes all I love about Texas with the live oak creating much needed shade; as a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town

Chicago Apache Daylily; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has one of the oldest and best-established collections of living plants in any public space in Texas

Chicago Apache Daylily; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden has one of the oldest and best-established collections of living plants in any public space in Texas

I really enjoyed catching up with Orlando Chapa who I hadn't seen in 20 years; we ate at Joe T Garcia's which is a Fort Worth institution but I didn't care for their limited menu (you can only get fajitas or enchiladas)

I really enjoyed catching up with Orlando Chapa who I hadn't seen in 20 years; we ate at Joe T Garcia's which is a Fort Worth institution but I didn't care for their limited menu (you can only get fajitas or enchiladas)

The city owns the Garden land but management shifted from the city to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas last year which I hope will improve the state of the Garden which needs some TLC

The city owns the Garden land but management shifted from the city to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas last year which I hope will improve the state of the Garden which needs some TLC

Spirit of Woman, Jack Bryant, 1988; this sculpture depicts a pioneer woman calling her family in from the fields and epitomizes the strong women of Texas; the pioneer women of Texas exhibited a fierce independence often overlooked in the annals of history

Spirit of Woman, Jack Bryant, 1988; this sculpture depicts a pioneer woman calling her family in from the fields and epitomizes the strong women of Texas; the pioneer women of Texas exhibited a fierce independence often overlooked in the annals of history

Playing Hooky, Stickwork, Patrick Dougherty, 2021; although born in Oklahoma, the artist grew up in and continues to live in NC; he has created 300  monumental scale environmental works that have achieved international acclaim

Playing Hooky, Stickwork, Patrick Dougherty, 2021; although born in Oklahoma, the artist grew up in and continues to live in NC; he has created 300+ monumental scale environmental works that have achieved international acclaim

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has some very nice sections but seemed neglected and under-funded (especially compared to the Dallas Arboretum); granted, August probably isn't the best month to visit

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden has some very nice sections but seemed neglected and under-funded (especially compared to the Dallas Arboretum); granted, August probably isn't the best month to visit

The Philecology Herbarium here, which houses 1.5  million plant specimens from around the world, is one of the largest herbaria in the United States

The Philecology Herbarium here, which houses 1.5+ million plant specimens from around the world, is one of the largest herbaria in the United States

The Nacogdoches rose was one of the only ones still blooming in August; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds the largest collection of begonias in the US, including hundreds of species and rare cultivated varieties

The Nacogdoches rose was one of the only ones still blooming in August; the Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds the largest collection of begonias in the US, including hundreds of species and rare cultivated varieties

Texas Bee Oasis, Jen Rose, 2021; these 3000  bee cups are eco-friendly watering stations made from porcelain to resemble colorful flowers; each one collects a little water from the sprinkler or rain to help the Garden's pollinators

Texas Bee Oasis, Jen Rose, 2021; these 3000+ bee cups are eco-friendly watering stations made from porcelain to resemble colorful flowers; each one collects a little water from the sprinkler or rain to help the Garden's pollinators

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

One of the most romantic gardens and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rose Garden was built with 4,000 tons of Palo Pinto County sandstone and completed in 1933

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas; it has twenty-five specialty garden spaces, including a tropical conservatory, a public perennial trial garden, and naturalized areas and vistas

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas; it has twenty-five specialty garden spaces, including a tropical conservatory, a public perennial trial garden, and naturalized areas and vistas

On March 28, 2000, at 6:15 pm, an F3 tornado struck downtown Fort Worth, severely damaging many buildings; one of the hardest-hit structures was the Bank One Tower, which was one of the dominant features of the Fort Worth skyline

On March 28, 2000, at 6:15 pm, an F3 tornado struck downtown Fort Worth, severely damaging many buildings; one of the hardest-hit structures was the Bank One Tower, which was one of the dominant features of the Fort Worth skyline

Japanese Gardens are meant to be quiet, reflective places so I can't understand why they placed this one adjacent to the freeway with its constant noise

Japanese Gardens are meant to be quiet, reflective places so I can't understand why they placed this one adjacent to the freeway with its constant noise

A large porcupine, hedgehog cactus dominates the cactus garden; admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was $12 and it was an easy walk from the art museums of the Cultural District

A large porcupine, hedgehog cactus dominates the cactus garden; admission to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was $12 and it was an easy walk from the art museums of the Cultural District

Completed in 1973, the Japanese Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo, bridges, and ponds which are home to 1,200  Koi fish

Completed in 1973, the Japanese Garden consists of 7.5 acres filled with cherry trees, Japanese maples, magnolias, bamboo, bridges, and ponds which are home to 1,200+ Koi fish

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European masterpieces from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, pt 1

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, moved to this location in 1909, across from Northeastern University and close to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; it was easily one of the best art museums I've ever visited

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, moved to this location in 1909, across from Northeastern University and close to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; it was easily one of the best art museums I've ever visited

Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair, Paul Cezanne, c. 1877; Hortense Fiquet, the artist's wife, was his most frequent and perhaps most patient (she looks resigned to her fate here) model - the subject of nearly 30 paintings

Madame Cezanne in a Red Armchair, Paul Cezanne, c. 1877; Hortense Fiquet, the artist's wife, was his most frequent and perhaps most patient (she looks resigned to her fate here) model - the subject of nearly 30 paintings

Weaver, Vincent van Gogh, 1884; between 1883 and 1884, Van Gogh executed at least 28 works of weavers in the Dutch town of Nuenen where he was living; he had been inspired by Millet's depictions of honest, hard workers

Weaver, Vincent van Gogh, 1884; between 1883 and 1884, Van Gogh executed at least 28 works of weavers in the Dutch town of Nuenen where he was living; he had been inspired by Millet's depictions of honest, hard workers

Portrait of a Woman, Pablo Picasso, 1910; Cubism, the watershed style invented by Picasso and Georges Braque, created a new and ambiguous relationship between three-dimensional forms and the flat surface of the canvas

Portrait of a Woman, Pablo Picasso, 1910; Cubism, the watershed style invented by Picasso and Georges Braque, created a new and ambiguous relationship between three-dimensional forms and the flat surface of the canvas

Portrait of a Man Holding a Book, Titian, c. 1540; Titian was one of the first painters to use canvas as a support for nearly all of his portraits; he also exploited the three dimensional properties of oil paints to create broken strokes and bold touches

Portrait of a Man Holding a Book, Titian, c. 1540; Titian was one of the first painters to use canvas as a support for nearly all of his portraits; he also exploited the three dimensional properties of oil paints to create broken strokes and bold touches

Artist in His Studio, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1628; rather than showing the artist in the act of painting, Rembrandt focuses on the large and daunting surface to be painted; he heightens the drama with the intense light reflecting off the easel

Artist in His Studio, Rembrandt van Rijn, c. 1628; rather than showing the artist in the act of painting, Rembrandt focuses on the large and daunting surface to be painted; he heightens the drama with the intense light reflecting off the easel

Luis de Gongora y Argote, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, 1622; like his slightly younger contemporary Rembrandt, Velazquez's skill as both a painter and observer makes him one of history's greatest portraitists

Luis de Gongora y Argote, Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez, 1622; like his slightly younger contemporary Rembrandt, Velazquez's skill as both a painter and observer makes him one of history's greatest portraitists

Flowers in a Glass Vase, Hendrik de Fromantiou, 1668; this refined bouquet may be the artist's only work on copper; the artist worked in Berlin at the court of the Great Elector of Brandenburg, specializing in still lifes

Flowers in a Glass Vase, Hendrik de Fromantiou, 1668; this refined bouquet may be the artist's only work on copper; the artist worked in Berlin at the court of the Great Elector of Brandenburg, specializing in still lifes

Antibes, the Pink Cloud, Paul Signac, 1916; I loved the bright colors and mosaic-like nature of the brushwork in this painting; Signac commented that he saw different characters and personalities in the clouds

Antibes, the Pink Cloud, Paul Signac, 1916; I loved the bright colors and mosaic-like nature of the brushwork in this painting; Signac commented that he saw different characters and personalities in the clouds

Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, Edgar Degas, 1878-81; this is Degas's largest surviving sculpture and the only one he titled and exhibited; the original wax version (this is bronze) was shown at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition in Paris

Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, Edgar Degas, 1878-81; this is Degas's largest surviving sculpture and the only one he titled and exhibited; the original wax version (this is bronze) was shown at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition in Paris

Gardener Standing by a Haystack, Overcast Sky, Eragny, Camille Pissarro, 1899; the artist spent the last 2 decades of his life in the small village of Eragny-sur-Epte, NW of Paris; he experimented with Pointillism but primarily adhered to Impressionism

Gardener Standing by a Haystack, Overcast Sky, Eragny, Camille Pissarro, 1899; the artist spent the last 2 decades of his life in the small village of Eragny-sur-Epte, NW of Paris; he experimented with Pointillism but primarily adhered to Impressionism

Women of Paris: The Circus Lover, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1885; the event depicted here is a 'high life circus,' in which the amateur performers were members of the aristocracy; it's humorous to think who might participate in such a circus these days

Women of Paris: The Circus Lover, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, 1885; the event depicted here is a 'high life circus,' in which the amateur performers were members of the aristocracy; it's humorous to think who might participate in such a circus these days

Mary Sears (later Mrs. Francis Shaw), Joseph Florentin Leon Bonnat, 1878; Bonnat chose to display this portrait at the Paris Salon in 1879 before it rejoined the Sears family (obviously it was a commission) at their Beacon Hill home in Boston

Mary Sears (later Mrs. Francis Shaw), Joseph Florentin Leon Bonnat, 1878; Bonnat chose to display this portrait at the Paris Salon in 1879 before it rejoined the Sears family (obviously it was a commission) at their Beacon Hill home in Boston

Jug and Plate of Pears, Paul Cezanne, c. 1890-93; Cezanne is said to have been a loner - the artist was his own number one critic, who rarely liked his paintings, despite spending hours on them and demanding that his models (when he wasn't painting fruit) remain absolutely motionless

Jug and Plate of Pears, Paul Cezanne, c. 1890-93; Cezanne is said to have been a loner - the artist was his own number one critic, who rarely liked his paintings, despite spending hours on them and demanding that his models (when he wasn't painting fruit) remain absolutely motionless

Village Scene with a Canal, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1609; more than half of Brueghel's 400  paintings were done on copper; this smooth support was especially well-suited to his miniaturist technique and colorful style

Village Scene with a Canal, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1609; more than half of Brueghel's 400+ paintings were done on copper; this smooth support was especially well-suited to his miniaturist technique and colorful style

Dog at Rest, Gerrit Dou, 1650; the artist, who studied with Rembrandt as a teenager, captures this remarkably lifelike dog with soft fur, wet nose and leathery paws; you seldom see a pet in paintings of this era

Dog at Rest, Gerrit Dou, 1650; the artist, who studied with Rembrandt as a teenager, captures this remarkably lifelike dog with soft fur, wet nose and leathery paws; you seldom see a pet in paintings of this era

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, Jan van Huysum, 1730; I love the artist's ability to render the variety and minutia of the natural world (notice the fly on the tulip or the ants on the peonies)

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, Jan van Huysum, 1730; I love the artist's ability to render the variety and minutia of the natural world (notice the fly on the tulip or the ants on the peonies)

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Paul Gauguin, 1897-98; Gauguin had moved from France to Tahiti 6 years before but struggled financially, clashed with local officials and his mental and physical health declined

Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Paul Gauguin, 1897-98; Gauguin had moved from France to Tahiti 6 years before but struggled financially, clashed with local officials and his mental and physical health declined

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A trip down memory lane as I visit the University of Houston

This was one of the few images that hasn't changed from my days here; when I came to UH in August 1982 I had never been to Houston before much less seen the campus (and the neighboring area was unlike anything I had experienced in NC)

This was one of the few images that hasn't changed from my days here; when I came to UH in August 1982 I had never been to Houston before much less seen the campus (and the neighboring area was unlike anything I had experienced in NC)

UH is the 3rd largest university in TX with 46,000  students; U.S. News   World Report ranks UH as the 2nd most ethnically diverse research university in the nation; in 1953, UH established KUHT—the first educational television station in the nation

UH is the 3rd largest university in TX with 46,000+ students; U.S. News + World Report ranks UH as the 2nd most ethnically diverse research university in the nation; in 1953, UH established KUHT—the first educational television station in the nation

I lived on campus all 4 years at UH (90 % of students lived off-campus) with my first 2 years being here at Moody Towers; I remember the rooms were small with a large shared bathroom in the center of each floor

I lived on campus all 4 years at UH (90+% of students lived off-campus) with my first 2 years being here at Moody Towers; I remember the rooms were small with a large shared bathroom in the center of each floor

Today you can take Houston's light rail network to campus; even in 2020, only 2.6% of UH students are from outside of TX with an additional 7% of students being international

Today you can take Houston's light rail network to campus; even in 2020, only 2.6% of UH students are from outside of TX with an additional 7% of students being international

The Fertitta Center is home to UH basketball but we knew it as Hofheinz Pavilion; my first two years at UH the team was a combined 63-8 finishing national champion runner-up both years

The Fertitta Center is home to UH basketball but we knew it as Hofheinz Pavilion; my first two years at UH the team was a combined 63-8 finishing national champion runner-up both years

Much of the credit for UH's improvement rests with Renu Khator who has been president and chancellor here since 2008; she's the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the US

Much of the credit for UH's improvement rests with Renu Khator who has been president and chancellor here since 2008; she's the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the US

Double Physichromie, Carlos Cruz-Diez, 2009; the colors do not exist on the surface itself but are perceived by the eye as a result of the parallel lines of color that intersect on the plane

Double Physichromie, Carlos Cruz-Diez, 2009; the colors do not exist on the surface itself but are perceived by the eye as a result of the parallel lines of color that intersect on the plane

The Hines College of Architecture is named for Gerald Hines (died in 2020 at age 95) who developed iconic buildings including the Houston Galleria, Transco (Williams) Tower, Pennzoil Place and many others around the world

The Hines College of Architecture is named for Gerald Hines (died in 2020 at age 95) who developed iconic buildings including the Houston Galleria, Transco (Williams) Tower, Pennzoil Place and many others around the world

Albertus Magnus, Gerhard Marcks, 1970; Elizabeth Warren completed her BA at UH in speech pathology, graduated from law school at Rutgers before returning to teach at the Bates Law School for 5 years

Albertus Magnus, Gerhard Marcks, 1970; Elizabeth Warren completed her BA at UH in speech pathology, graduated from law school at Rutgers before returning to teach at the Bates Law School for 5 years

In high school I spent more time on tennis than studying so I knew freshman year at UH I needed to apply myself; I spent almost every day here at the MD Anderson Library studying until closing time

In high school I spent more time on tennis than studying so I knew freshman year at UH I needed to apply myself; I spent almost every day here at the MD Anderson Library studying until closing time

The inaugural class for the UH College of Medicine started in 2020; the new buildings occupy land that was just barren fields when I attended

The inaugural class for the UH College of Medicine started in 2020; the new buildings occupy land that was just barren fields when I attended

I wish the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center had existed back in the 1980s; alums include Kenny Rogers, Tom Landry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Lizzo, Carl Lewis, Clyde Drexler, Jim Nantz, Jim Parsons and Dennis and Randy Quaid

I wish the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center had existed back in the 1980s; alums include Kenny Rogers, Tom Landry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Lizzo, Carl Lewis, Clyde Drexler, Jim Nantz, Jim Parsons and Dennis and Randy Quaid

Many hours were spent in the University Center where I started the College Bowl program, worked in student government and was one of the inaugural UH Ambassadors; the experience with campus activities greatly enhanced my time at UH

Many hours were spent in the University Center where I started the College Bowl program, worked in student government and was one of the inaugural UH Ambassadors; the experience with campus activities greatly enhanced my time at UH

I'm amazed that the old building where Mary and I worked for the Alumni Association is still there; it is surrounded now by large, new construction so the options for this land are pretty limited

I'm amazed that the old building where Mary and I worked for the Alumni Association is still there; it is surrounded now by large, new construction so the options for this land are pretty limited

I spent my last 2 years at UH as a resident advisor in the Quad which I much preferred to Moody Towers; the Quad had been built in the 50s and was recently torn down (these new buildings are still called the Quad)

I spent my last 2 years at UH as a resident advisor in the Quad which I much preferred to Moody Towers; the Quad had been built in the 50s and was recently torn down (these new buildings are still called the Quad)

UH plays its home football games at TDECU Stadium; when I was a student, we played at the Astrodome but few students attended so there was always a push to move the games back to the campus

UH plays its home football games at TDECU Stadium; when I was a student, we played at the Astrodome but few students attended so there was always a push to move the games back to the campus

There are so many new buildings on campus that it's easy to get lost; when I visited, there were long lines of parents and students as they moved into the dorms despite the ongoing pandemic

There are so many new buildings on campus that it's easy to get lost; when I visited, there were long lines of parents and students as they moved into the dorms despite the ongoing pandemic

The Calhoun Loft Apartments are emblematic of residential life as universities have tried to keep housing on par with nice apartments in town; I'm sure the quality of food has vastly improved (I still remember my first chicken fried steak!)

The Calhoun Loft Apartments are emblematic of residential life as universities have tried to keep housing on par with nice apartments in town; I'm sure the quality of food has vastly improved (I still remember my first chicken fried steak!)

Landscape with Blue Trees, Jim Love, 1982-83; I went into the book store in the University Center and they were selling Phi Slama Jama gear taking me back to the fun years when I was a student here

Landscape with Blue Trees, Jim Love, 1982-83; I went into the book store in the University Center and they were selling Phi Slama Jama gear taking me back to the fun years when I was a student here

UH now has the Bauer College of Business with modern facilities but, as a marketing major in the 1980s, my classes were all in the Heyne (yes, pronounced like the childish term for butt) Building

UH now has the Bauer College of Business with modern facilities but, as a marketing major in the 1980s, my classes were all in the Heyne (yes, pronounced like the childish term for butt) Building

Standout programs at UH include the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the new Hobby School of Public Affairs; UH is one of four public universities in Texas with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

Standout programs at UH include the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the new Hobby School of Public Affairs; UH is one of four public universities in Texas with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

The University Center Satellite closed this year due to years of flooding damage and will be replaced with a new dining center; I remember seeing live coverage of the Challenger disaster here

The University Center Satellite closed this year due to years of flooding damage and will be replaced with a new dining center; I remember seeing live coverage of the Challenger disaster here

Life Members of the UH Alumni Association have their names engraved on these pillars so I had to find mine; I worked for UH Alumni from 1986-88 publishing a quarterly newsletter, managing some of the alumni groups and putting on our annual awards dinner

Life Members of the UH Alumni Association have their names engraved on these pillars so I had to find mine; I worked for UH Alumni from 1986-88 publishing a quarterly newsletter, managing some of the alumni groups and putting on our annual awards dinner

UH made it to the Final Four in 2021 before losing to eventual champion Baylor; given the small number of students living on campus, I thrived at UH and especially enjoyed my last 2 years

UH made it to the Final Four in 2021 before losing to eventual champion Baylor; given the small number of students living on campus, I thrived at UH and especially enjoyed my last 2 years

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Highlights from NYC's incredible MOMA pt 1

The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali, 1931; if you're ever in Barcelona and enjoy Dali then take a day trip to Figueres to see his museum

The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali, 1931; if you're ever in Barcelona and enjoy Dali then take a day trip to Figueres to see his museum

The False Mirror, Rene Magritte, 1929; the Surrealist photographer Man Ray once owned this piece, which he described as a painting that sees as much as it itself is seen; it's said to be one of the inspirations for the 1952 CBS television eye logo

The False Mirror, Rene Magritte, 1929; the Surrealist photographer Man Ray once owned this piece, which he described as a painting that sees as much as it itself is seen; it's said to be one of the inspirations for the 1952 CBS television eye logo

Cubist Landscape, Diego Rivera, 1912; as of 2018, Rivera held the record for highest price at auction for a work by a Latin American artist with his 1931 painting The Rivals, selling for $9.76 million

Cubist Landscape, Diego Rivera, 1912; as of 2018, Rivera held the record for highest price at auction for a work by a Latin American artist with his 1931 painting The Rivals, selling for $9.76 million

The Birth of the World, Joan Miro, 1915; a museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981

The Birth of the World, Joan Miro, 1915; a museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943-1959; eight of Wright's buildings, including the Guggenheim, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the title The 20th-century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2019

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1943-1959; eight of Wright's buildings, including the Guggenheim, were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the title The 20th-century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright in 2019

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Three Women offers a machine-age update to a time-honored subject in the history of painting: the group portrait of female nudes in repose

Three Women, Fernand Leger, 1922; Three Women offers a machine-age update to a time-honored subject in the history of painting: the group portrait of female nudes in repose

Modern Art, Lynda Benglis, 1970-74; is the artist making a sarcastic statement or is this an expensive version of Manhattan cow patties?

Modern Art, Lynda Benglis, 1970-74; is the artist making a sarcastic statement or is this an expensive version of Manhattan cow patties?

Gladiators, Philip Guston, 1940; while working on Gladiators, Guston was also painting murals in NYC as a part of a WPA program in locations such as the Queensborough housing project in Long Island City

Gladiators, Philip Guston, 1940; while working on Gladiators, Guston was also painting murals in NYC as a part of a WPA program in locations such as the Queensborough housing project in Long Island City

No. 5/No. 22, Mark Rothko, 1950; Rothko said, If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom

No. 5/No. 22, Mark Rothko, 1950; Rothko said, If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom

Untitled, Lee Bontecou, 1961; this work straddles the lines between painting and sculpture, mechanical and organic, and inviting and threatening; 1961 saw Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall and first troops sent to Vietnam

Untitled, Lee Bontecou, 1961; this work straddles the lines between painting and sculpture, mechanical and organic, and inviting and threatening; 1961 saw Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall and first troops sent to Vietnam

Five Feet of Colorful Tools, Jim Dine, 1962; the artist incorporates images of everyday objects in his art, but unlike typical pop artists, includes personal passions and everyday experiences (his parents owned a hardware store)

Five Feet of Colorful Tools, Jim Dine, 1962; the artist incorporates images of everyday objects in his art, but unlike typical pop artists, includes personal passions and everyday experiences (his parents owned a hardware store)

Accumulation No. 1, Yayoi Kusama, 1962; when she first exhibited this work in New York critics were, perhaps not surprisingly, shocked by the sexualized transformation of an ordinary domestic object by a female artist

Accumulation No. 1, Yayoi Kusama, 1962; when she first exhibited this work in New York critics were, perhaps not surprisingly, shocked by the sexualized transformation of an ordinary domestic object by a female artist

She-Goat, Pablo Picasso, 1950; this massive life-size bronze is a wonderful assemblage (ie Dumpster diving) of a wicker basket body, a palm leaf back and two ceramic flowerpots for the udder which was then cast

She-Goat, Pablo Picasso, 1950; this massive life-size bronze is a wonderful assemblage (ie Dumpster diving) of a wicker basket body, a palm leaf back and two ceramic flowerpots for the udder which was then cast

Paper Tiger, Thomas Bayrle, 1969; Bayrle is known for hypnotic works of mechanical repetition that, when viewed in full, sharpen into commentary, offering us insights into our relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire

Paper Tiger, Thomas Bayrle, 1969; Bayrle is known for hypnotic works of mechanical repetition that, when viewed in full, sharpen into commentary, offering us insights into our relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire

Twin, Robert Ryman, 1966; the scale of this piece required the use of a specially made 12-inch brush and thinned paint so that Ryman could complete each horizontal stroke without interruption

Twin, Robert Ryman, 1966; the scale of this piece required the use of a specially made 12-inch brush and thinned paint so that Ryman could complete each horizontal stroke without interruption

Sow, Alexander Calder, 1928; Calder’s first kinetic sculpture was of a duck, which he presented to his mother as a Christmas gift in 1909 when he was 11; it was made from a formed, brass sheet and rocked back and forth when touched

Sow, Alexander Calder, 1928; Calder’s first kinetic sculpture was of a duck, which he presented to his mother as a Christmas gift in 1909 when he was 11; it was made from a formed, brass sheet and rocked back and forth when touched

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dali, 1933; Dalí described Surrealist sculpture as created wholly for the purpose of materializing in a fetishistic way, with maximum tangible reality, ideas and fantasies of a delirious character (say what?)

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dali, 1933; Dalí described Surrealist sculpture as created wholly for the purpose of materializing in a fetishistic way, with maximum tangible reality, ideas and fantasies of a delirious character (say what?)

RSVP I, Senga Nengudi, 2003; the exhibit consists of previously worn, dark-hued pantyhose partially knotted into pendulous, sand-filled sacks, then stretched and tethered to the wall in various changing arrangements evocative of dance movements

RSVP I, Senga Nengudi, 2003; the exhibit consists of previously worn, dark-hued pantyhose partially knotted into pendulous, sand-filled sacks, then stretched and tethered to the wall in various changing arrangements evocative of dance movements

Untitled, Robert Gober, 1986; according to the museum, this work is far from commonplace, this bed is surreal: a personal space of dreaming and desire that is strangely generic, recalling a vague childhood memory (who writes this puffery?)

Untitled, Robert Gober, 1986; according to the museum, this work is far from commonplace, this bed is surreal: a personal space of dreaming and desire that is strangely generic, recalling a vague childhood memory (who writes this puffery?)

A Universe, Alexander Calder, 1934; Calder relocated to Paris in 1926, and became close friends with Joan Miró, a friendship that would last for decades; Calder won first prize at the 1952 Venice Biennale, which catapulted him to fame

A Universe, Alexander Calder, 1934; Calder relocated to Paris in 1926, and became close friends with Joan Miró, a friendship that would last for decades; Calder won first prize at the 1952 Venice Biennale, which catapulted him to fame

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