Seventeenth-century poetess’ wedding ring discovered

Maria Tesselschade's wedding ring

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Experts agree: diamond ring is Maria Tesselschade’s wedding ring

Today, 15:34

A diamond ring and a shoe found during archaeological research in Alkmaar belonged “with probability bordering on certainty” to 17th century poetess Maria Tesselschade.

Her father, the ship owner Roemer Visscher, named her Tesselschade (“Damage on Tessel/Texel”), because he had lost a ship near Texel island on Christmas day 1593, three months before her birth.

Experts have established this. Almost certainly the ring was her wedding ring.

Maria Tesselschade [Roemer’s] Visscher (1594-1649) was part of the Muiderkring group, to which famous writers like Huijgens, Bredero and Vondel belonged. She is often described as the muse of the group.

The ring and shoe were found along with engraved glass fragments which had been previously established as Maria Tesselschade’s property.

Large fire

The finds were made in the Langestraat in Alkmaar, where she lived. The archaeological research there, where in the seventeenth century were the most expensive houses of the city, began in 2015 after a major fire during the New Year. …

From the shape of the cut [the experts] could conclude that the diamond ring was made in the 1620s. This corresponds to historical data: Maria Tesselschade married Allard Crombalch in 1623. …

‘Historic sensation’

Alkmaar Alderwoman Van de Ven today publicized the new discoveries. She calls the findings a historical sensation. “Apart from her preserved hand written correspondence so far no personal belongings of her had been found. The discoveries make a tangible picture of a very special woman.”

The archaeological finds will be on display from February 2017 at a temporary exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar.

Maria Teselschade’s most famous work is a 1642 poem about a nightingale. It concludes by saying how wonderful it is that such a small bird can sing so beautifully.

Spanish poet Federico Garcia Loca

This video says about itself:

19 August 2016

Eighty years ago, toward the start of the Spanish Civil War, renowned poet Federico Garcia Lorca was killed by the forces of Francisco Franco and his poems were banned. Nevertheless, his work continues to grow in popularity until today.

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda remembered

This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

Celebrating the life of Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who was born 112 years ago. While still remembered all over the world for his Nobel Prize-winning poetry, Neruda also held strong political convictions that may have even led to his death.

Liebster Award, thank you Jyotee!

Liebster Award

My dear blogging friend Jyotee of the poetry blog Life is all about PAIN has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Liebster Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Nominate bloggers for the award. Notify them on their blogs.

Answer ten questions.

The ten questions and my replies are:

1. What was your first post on WordPress; provide the link?

I started blogging at other sites in 2005. However, these sites stopped. On 8 December 2011, I wrote my first blog entry especially on WordPress; it was about the Occupy Wall Street movement in the USA.

2. If you are given a chance to meet people following you in WordPress who would you meet first and why?

At the moment, 3,697 people subscribe to my blog. I value all of them; this number makes it hard to single out one person.

3. When do you generally write, morning, daytime, evening or night?

Usually morning, daytime, evening.

4. What is the piece of writing you wrote that is close to your heart?

A poem I wrote in 1999 about the war on Yugoslavia in that year.

Here is its English translation:

Milica Rakic

Milica Rakic from Belgrade.
Milica Rakic never voted for Milosevic.
Milica Rakic is three years old.

Milica Rakic learns a new word every hour.
Milica, do you see that butterfly?
Milica, that is a blackbird.
There, Milica, a dragonfly flies.
Fairy’s horse, vilan konjic, in Serbo-Croatian.

Milica Rakic did not become an ugly fourteen-year-old girl.
Milica Rakic did not become a beautiful fifty-eight-year-old woman.
Milica Rakic will not become a hairdresser.
Milica Rakic will not become a world-famous author.

Between Milica’s blood, the bomb splinters,
in Latin script,
Made in USA.
Or: Made in my country?

5. What is writing for you?

One of my favourite activities.

6. How often do you write?

If I am somewhere where there is an Internet connection, then I usually write every day.

7. If you have to choose between writing and wealth, what would you choose and why?

If I would be offered wealth, on condition that I would never write anything again, then I would refuse the wealth. As there is so much to write about.

8. Best and most beautiful thing of your life?


9. Source of inspiration for writing?

I have many sources. There are forty categories of subjects on my blog.

10. What type of person are you (in five words)?

Pro-peace, love for animals.

My nominees are:

1. Paris: People, Places and Bling

2. beautifulkindofthoughts

3. zoe169

4. Denisa Aricescu Poezii

5. JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

6. Paris & Les Deux-Sèvres en photographies

7. TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperman!

8. Animalcouriers

9. Clanmother

10. Noir

United States pro-peace priest Daniel Berrigan, RIP

This video from the USA says about itself:

RIP Father Daniel Berrigan: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Antiwar Priest & Poet

2 May 2016

We spend the hour remembering the life and legacy of the legendary antiwar priest, Father Daniel Berrigan. He died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”

Along with his late brother Phil, Dan Berrigan played an instrumental role in inspiring the antiwar and antidraft movement during the late 1960s, as well as the movement against nuclear weapons.

He was the first Catholic priest to land on the FBI’s most wanted list. In early 1968, Father Daniel Berrigan made international headlines when he traveled to North Vietnam with historian Howard Zinn to bring home three U.S. prisoners of war. Later that year, Father Dan Berrigan, his brother Phil and seven others took 378 draft files from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland. Then, in the parking lot of the draft board office, the activists set the draft records on fire using homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War.

They became known as the Catonsville Nine and invigorated the antiwar movement by inspiring over 100 similar acts of protest. It also shook the foundation of the tradition-bound Catholic Church. Then, in 1980, the Berrigan brothers and six others began the Plowshares Movement when they broke into the General Electric nuclear missile facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, hammered nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood onto documents and files. They were arrested and charged with over 10 different felony and misdemeanor counts, and became known as the Plowshares Eight.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “It was the Happiest Day of My Life”: Martin Sheen Recalls His Arrest Alongside Father Dan Berrigan.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Dan Berrigan in His Own Words: Antiwar Priest Speaks About 9/11 in Democracy Now! Studios in 2002.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called Friends Remember Fr. Dan Berrigan: “He Said He Didn’t Believe in Heroes, He Believed In Community”.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called In 2006 Interview, Fr. Dan Berrigan Recalls Confronting Defense Secretary McNamara over Vietnam War.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “The Cause is the Heart’s Beat”: See Father Berrigan Recite His Poem “Some” in 2006.

This 2 May 2016 video from the USA is called “His World Was Always Filled with Such Beauty”: Frida Berrigan on Her Uncle, Priest Daniel Berrigan.