A Month of Valentines February 1

I need a longer month to accommodate the list of the valentines we could make and share about our loves.

I was told it was from my parents - Pisces and Libra, the Zodiac’s romantics. They were that and i remember being five, and thrilled with the love in our home and the good lights it brought to even boring chores! I am going to do that when I grow up, I thought, and did.

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She's just Seventeen! ElleFagan.com Today ! feb 2

Happy Birthday elelfagan.com - 17 candles at least!  Sto Lat and Faed Saol duit - long life to you !     Ellefagan.com , this is your life:

I was Snapped suddenly out of my path as busy and happy arts/tech/civic worker -  girl, young lady, redcrosslady, wife, mother, widow:  one day a spinal injury demanded immobility - just at menopause and adding to the confusion, suddenly,  getting across the room was work, and not obscene or profane, but praying about it, there remained NOTHING in my life but the dead stop.  

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Valentine Labyrinth feb 3


One gets lost in a maze but found in a labyrinth - it is for focus of the mine and spirit and fun to make. This one went to the Montessori people at their request, to let the children make an outdoor playspace of it. What an honor!

So then I smile - the heart is a labyrinth. Physically its chambers and pathways generating and transporting our lifeblood and pace. Romantically, and in friendship the heart of it a journey worth making to its center and outward again. Thoughtful, laughing, evolving, growing, accepting, generating - life.

Albina & Charlie Feb 4

I could write stories of the antics and delights and tragedies and sorrows and fights and wins and losses therein for one year. They were smart, loving, young and fun! All three of us wanted a LIFE because of their example. And that is what counts. Never did the day end without affection and care and began full of love and care as well, as we all got about our day! Father singing “Have I told you lately that I love you?” fixed everything, when it went off. Till time and partings changed them to friends only later in life with new spouses …still they loved and were there for us all - always.

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Siblings feb 5

I love my siblings now and always, though our good life paths got interesting and we have been often separated by time and space.  Love of God and Man ruled and every factoid of insight came through the love filter

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"The Goodstuff" - V.P.Fagan, Jr. feb 6

My late husband was literally a dream come true. I saw him in my minds eye one day and was committed to him from that moment on. When we met, I seemed to win the same response from him. Never a qualm, we paired better than APPLE peripherals and did well till his passing. I have that memory as food and fuel and glow and giggles and goodness in every way even when all else fails, like my angel.

He had a wonderful heart and soul and was a fine match for me - like me, he loved the serious work, so , no matter pressing he could be found always with a happy disposition about it. “The Goodstuff” was one of his favorited catchphrases when were young. In college days, he felt it spoke volumes:

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Art With Heart - feb 7

“Art With Heart” donates artworks outright to selected organizations. For all others the donation works like this: At time of purchase of art at this site: find the painting you like, then donate to your favorite charity and email a copy of the donation receipt. Amount of donation is deducted from your purchase : up to 50% !

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LoriStory - feb 9

"Chance made us Sisters, Love made us friends" 
I have one Sister, and love her very much! She earns it - USUALLY.
I know she remains an early and enduring valentine.

La Vierge, Virgo, her Storge, "best friends" love style tells her truth. I was firstborn, and bigsis…
She had just become a teenager when I married and moved away, We have been loving and interactive, and helped one another in work and play, and she is Godmother to our firstborn, and a fine Auntie to our second.

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Mothers Day 2018 - Glowing Feb 10

Grateful beyond words for the sunny days with two parents who cared and were bright and "up to something" all the time.  They had suffered and made it thru, so now, no bells and whistles should be omitted, to rejoice in the triumph and re-store ourselves, making good memories, to sustain us for the inevitable challenges ahead.   Their example made it possible for me to do really fine things as a mother later on.

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Saga of a Little WhiteHouse - page one- feb 11

Smith Family Fairfield Connecticut - Love Story

The watercolor here is one of  the little house that gramps bought for gram when they married - she was 4'10" and he 6'4" and for all 50 years there, gramps exulted in the fact that his arms and legs went out the doors and windows...couldn't care less... the little dolly house charmed him like the dolly he bought it for , and with additions to the family , additions to house happened in all directions - and so the poem and I hope you enjoy the read !   elle  

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Saga of a Little WhiteHouse - page two-feb 11


H"Sing the old songs, would you, While we snap the beans? 

Make the list for shopping... I'd better mend the jeans!" 

My favorite time with Grandma,  For stories she would tell

Of days before my memory, When she was quite the belle! 

And dances were life's heaven!  Feathers for the hair! 

Beaus in line on dancefloors, To woo a Lady Fair

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'Preciate it! FEB 13

To be sure to “Appreciate it” is a vitamin - if we allow for that moment of appreciation for ourselves and others, or for the thing at hand.   It is actually a basic in the human equation but one that gets brushed over at times.

Added to the  many daily thank yous, bye for nows or goodbyes, most of us are left , at day’s end, with really nice food for thought.   To appreciate one another and our moment and the actions in those moments - YES.  All such moments tally up.

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As usual with site-building code, I told it to do the thing it was doing; the page had done what I TOLD it to do! I told it to do the wrong thing and so it could not do the right thing. But fresh eyes at it after a short break worked:  I quickly spotted my the misdirection, and fixed it!  Ding! done! 

And that's America!   - At age 243, America is doing what we TOLD it to do, to a great extent, wherever it is not governed by other laws and UNlaw.

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A President Born on Flag Day feb 15

I  will always know when it is President Donald John Trump's Birthday as well - since they share the June 14th  day !     Former Presdient Bush, a.k.a , "43" , celebrates his birthday on July 6th during the Independence Day Celebration.  

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My Nineleven Story feb 16

 More than 5,000 dead.
"The September 11 attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. ...   Almost another 2500 have died, as of end 2013,  from related toxins on that day, including a dozen miscarriages of unborn.  

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People Over 70 a Valentine feb 17

A Facebook Friend inspired this - you know who you are - thank you so much!
For those who feel intimidated by their first gray hairs, fear not:

on my soapbox

on my soapbox

Yes Brittany McCann, this is wonderful but only halfway there - have some:

People are living to be over 100 years old again - they buy a rocker like good darlings; then they feel silly and stupid , look around and see this:

  • people over 70 are working every day and thanks to today's health

  • people over 70 are remarrying like DECENT folk, thanks to prenups - no more junk shackups or crying alone for decency's sake.

  • people over 70 are taking up community responsibilities, thanks to wisdom and experience in their youth

  • people over 70 and being fosters like crazy, of children, properties, and puppies and birds of prey and safari creatures

  • people over 70 are making the best money they ever made- ever! Thanks to finally human rights law

  • people over 70 are picking up ONE issue in the world and FIXING it - because they CAN

  • people over 70 are running in road races, raising the children of working children because they ARE up to it, educated on proper childcare and love it

  • people over 70 are throwing badguys in jail - we love whistleblowing....so nor do this part unless protected properly against reprisals

ANDDDD.....most of all, people over 70 are out there doing it to leave a better legacy and and an easier path for it for PEOPLE over 50 , i.e., YOU!

Paul 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 
maybe this is part of what he meant - elle

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln feb 18

study for A. Lincoln portrait ellefagan19

study for A. Lincoln portrait ellefagan19

Presidents Day works - we did not like it, at first. George Washington’s actual birthday was not able to determined anyway, due to the major change in calendars at the time, and might have been on February 11th , or 22nd, so we set it at the 22nd and of course, his successor Abraham Lincoln, earlier in the month, on February 12th. So the Presidents Day resolution works https://www.livescience.com/33022-when-is-george-washingtons-real-birthday.html

The thing about George Washington that I am enjoying this year is that he was the only president acclaimed - no campaign or question - universally nominated and made our first President. Kind of nice to think that our first official head of state was so special in every way. That he took his ethics seriously and respected the skills and talents and genius of others.

With both these Presidents I am looking at them not as icons but as men and I see their faces not as those on Mount Rushmore, but as those on our 6 o’clock news. People. Men. Good men. They just happened to be there and were ready and able to do the world changing job for us and do it well and with steady hands.

I think this will help with the new art. I was famous for my Lincoln portrait as a girl - just a pencil drawing but it was fine likeness. The latest from me is not really in finished form….fancier … aqua medium on claybord It till be nice when it’s done. The image here is a work in progress.


Not be left out, this one found me too……
Ten years ago, my local art dealer of a sort would bring me restorative work too….and he brought me a reverse-glass painting of George Washington, much like the Gilbert Stewart version.

Eglomise paintings, as they are called, can be very valuable because they don’t last, so if yours is fine, that is something of value. Painting on the back of glass makes a fast easy show at first, but is vulnerable to being destroyed when the glass breaks or it often peels off from excessive heat or dampness, or just poor care. And that was this one. But the painting and its beautiful frame NEEDED me…I said yes, I’d restore it.

I began setting out the parts of the frame as I took off the back to access the paint. Then I stopped - the picture did not only seem old, it was old. Triangular nails sent me to my computer and Holy Antiques Roadshow time followed.

This was quite possibly one of the famous ones from America’s first big arts fraud lawsuits. Gilbert Stewart had lots of children to support with his work and so obtained permission to make and sell copies of his most famous paintings. It was not unsual when he sold a copy of his Washington to an entrepreneur on the condition that the man not exploit it.

Washington had recently passed away and so his images were top popularity. The entrepreneur, of course, immediately sent the painting to China where a large number of reverse glass paintings were done, sealed shut to dry en route back to America and so , by the measure of the day, quickly available to to customers who wished to have a portrait of the Hero to remember him by.

When the trick was learned , Steward sued and many of the copies were destroyed and Stewart won his case. But some got by and one is at Mount Vernon and one is here at Connecticut’s New Britain Museum of American Art ….and one is in hiding at my old dealer’s house till they decide what to do with it.

Its value won’t be certain until tests are done - a chip is taken to compare the DNA to authentic others of the paintings. I did a nice job, well-researched, on the restoration , after the owner insisted that I be the one to do it. And I did it carefully so that, authenticity could be proven, and if true, a fancier restorer could easily remove my work and replace it with his/her own.

But what fun it was to do that work, and enjoy the beauty of the finished picture and lovely frame , glowing like new. The photo here is not a good one. I will try to find a better one. But what adventure. Think of all the life created by one painting! The original and its subjects , artist, promoters , newsfolk, and then the copies and the fuss that followed. And Stewart’s children fed on the proceeds!
The famous quote, “Art is life is art is life is art…..” seems to be the one in this case, certainly.

I wonder , years later, what the owners will do with it, and think I may invite them to do the DNA proof journey with me one day soon. Or should the mystery just remain a mystery? Fun.

About the Sitemaking - an Artist's Process feb 19th

Both parents and children are Sci-Arts folk - with very nice and occasionally world class honors in it.   It was not so unusual for me to find solutions to my issues with technology.  I had done my first data processing before my daughter was born.

So when an accident disabled me suddenly, it just "happened"  - my son flew in and tossed me the renowned Apple G3 PowerBook - non-bronze.   And a world-class IT fellow, he was one of the best teachers a girl could want for basic code.    Not long ago his Dad and I attached and then removed  training wheels on his first bicycle.  And now he showed me Angelfire free templates to use and then remove the templates and do my own code when I was ready....my own "training wheels".   And soon ellefagan.com was purchased and celebrated its 17th birthday this February!      

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