Abraham Line-coln Drawing #TBT

Okay, bad pun. But this old line drawing from my good friend Jon Wilcox seemed like a great throwback thursday post:

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I’m ABE-solutely Serious This Time

Across the country millions of students at various levels are embarking on the incredible journey that is a new school year. Although I won’t be entering a classroom this September, a few months ago I decided to use this month to reeducate my brain in a number of ways. One of those ways? Getting back on the blog train.

That’s why when I woke up and flipped to a new page in my calendar and saw this:image

I felt a strange pang of cosmic coherence. (If you can’t see what’s happening on there we’ve got an inexplicable image of a coy next to a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”)

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I was fascinated by the ways in which people appropriate images, ideas, and honestly, misconceptions about our 16th President. Although the whole inspiration-industry is something that I’ve got a lot of feelings about, I appreciated the serendipity of an oddly placed Lincoln quote to kick-off the month.

So, taking this day by day, step by step, I look forward to going back to school in a log-cabin school house with my fellow Lincoln nerds this September.

Have you seen something awesome and Lincoln related? Let me know, you can Linc up with me at honestabeblog at gmail dot com.

Beautiful Lincoln Art Exhibit

Photo Nineteen Lincolns artist Greta Pratt’s webpage: http://www.gretapratt.com/index_liabout.html

I happened upon this piece by pure chance – while visiting Seattle I ended up at the Frye museum with my friends. I walked into the room which had the Nineteen Lincolns and was so blown away.

I think one line in the artist’s statement really resonates for me:

These photographs are a continuation of my quest to understand how I, and we, remember history. My intention is to comment on the way a society, composed of individuals, is held together through the creation of its history and heroic figures.

And really – to be frank, that is an excellent summation of why I am so intrigued by our sixteenth president. It is our shared history, or our mutually understood story of what has happened that makes our nation so particularly interesting.
Here is the link to the artists main page for this project: http://www.gretapratt.com/index_li_main.html