A Toast 2 the Good, Long Life

My memory escapes me as to the exact date I began observing that many artists – poets, painters, architects, comedians and photographers – have begun living beyond the expected age of human beings, however, I can recall the conversation I had a few years ago with someone about it.  We concluded that these people were passionate about their field before and after the commercial high of their industry while embracing life, not enduring it.  Over the past several years, me and this person would take up the conversation a few more times adding on to our theory with some of the artists pictured below as off-the-top-our-head examples.  For example, Stanley Kunitz was a specialist in his craft, earning English degrees from Harvard University, writing beautiful poems without being consumed by it all the while retreating at times, from the hustle and bustle of NYC to his home in Provincetown, Massachusetts where he spent time tending a garden.  And Maya Angelou who bled poetry and prose, but was known for enjoying cooking and sharing that passion with close family and friends regularly. So with this post the goal was – and is – to pay homage to those that have celebrated life with their words, paintings, and photos of love and inspiration, angst and frustration that leads to lessons that helps one appreciate life a little bit more.  Let’s celebrate those other gifted ones who minds bred imaginations which erected buildings that sparked emotions and transformed lifestyles. These people found the courage to seek out their natural gifts and nurture them.  Their natural affinities for the arts were not allowed to neither define nor constrain their individual character, thus increasing their energetic appreciation for life. We should learn from these fortunate ones and at the same time not allow our admiration for them to eclipse our emerging talents as a new wave of culture is materializing; one of which we all will be apart of, but will not recognize the absolute effects that has been made by us until the footprints, our footprints, are etched into the earth.  So go forth great artists and have fun with your passions: write, paint, sing, dance, take alluring photos, tell hilarious jokes, and play melodic tunes with your instruments while embracing the idea of life inviting you to be fortunate enough to live a long, relaxed, and good life. Make a toast and take a sip …

Herbie Hancock Jazz Musician 1940 - Present Age - 75

Herbie Hancock
Jazz Musician
1940 – Present
Age – 75

Quincy Jones Musician, Producer 1933 - Present Age - 82

Quincy Jones
Musician, Producer
1933 – Present
Age – 82

Gordon Parks Photographer 1912 - 2006 Age - 93

Gordon Parks
Photographer
1912 – 2006
Age – 93

Stanley Kunitz Poet 1905 - 2006  (Age-100)

Stanley Kunitz
Poet
1905 – 2006
(Age-100)

Maya Angelou Poet, Author, Educator 1928 - 2014 Age - 86

Maya Angelou
Poet, Author, Educator
1928 – 2014
Age – 86

Phillip Johnson Architect 1906 - 2005 Age- 98

Phillip Johnson
Architect
1906 – 2005
Age- 98

Marc Chagall Painter, Illustrator 1887 - 1985 Age - 97

Marc Chagall
Painter, Illustrator
1887 – 1985
Age – 97

Moms Mabley Comedienne 1894 - 1975 Age - 81

Moms Mabley
Comedienne
1894 – 1975
Age – 81

Tokyo Shinoda Painter 1913 - Present 102

Toko Shinoda
Painter
1913 – Present
Age -102

Bob Hope Comedian 1903 - 2003 Age - 100

Bob Hope
Comedian
1903 – 2003
Age – 100

Manuel Alvarez Bravo Architect 1902 - 2002 Age - 100

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Architect
1902 – 2002
Age – 100

Yevgeny Yevtushenko  Poet, Novelist, Dramatist 1932 - Present Age - 82

Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Poet, Novelist, Dramatist
1932 – Present
Age – 82

Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. Painter 1912 - Present Age - 103

Manuel Rodriguez, Sr.
Painter
1912 – Present
Age – 103

Rafael Aburto Architect 1913 - 2014 Age - 100

Rafael Aburto
Architect
1913 – 2014
Age – 100

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Tsuneko Sasamoto Photographer 1914 – Present Age – 100

Wistawa Symborska Poet 1932 - 2014 Age - 88

Wistawa Symborska
Poet
1932 – 2014
Age – 88

Grandma Moses Painter 1860 - 1961 Age 101

Grandma Moses
Painter
1860 – 1961
Age 101

Eleanor Raymond Architect 1897 - 1989 Age 102

Eleanor Raymond
Architect
1897 – 1989
Age 102

Frank Lloyd Wright Architect 1867 - 1959 Age - 91

Frank Lloyd Wright
Architect
1867 – 1959
Age – 91

George Burns Comedian 1896 - 1996 Age -100

George Burns
Comedian
1896 – 1996
Age -100

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