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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | March 31, 1991
A characteristic Winslow Homer painting of the 1890s -- for instance, "High Cliff, Coast of Maine" or "Weatherbeaten" (both 1894) -- will have some dark rocks at the bottom, perhaps rising in a diagonal across the canvas, breakers with white foam in the middle and a green-gray sea blending into a dull gray sky at the top. Nothing more.So why is it so moving? Because it is not about the rocks and the water, it is not about composition and color, it is not about realism and abstraction. It is about the splendid isolation of the human soul.
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By DOUGLAS BIRCH and DOUGLAS BIRCH,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1999
SEA RANCH, Calif. -- It's designed to resemble the isolated sheep ranch it once was, though all the messy sheep have been evicted. Like a Tibetan monastery, it fosters reflection and a love of solitude, but without the distractions of crashing cymbals and honking conch shells.Welcome to Sea Ranch, 3,500 acres of California's rugged northern coast lining the winking blue Pacific -- a vacation resort that offers little in the way of fun and less frolic, but a whole lot of splendid isolation.
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By DOUGLAS BIRCH and DOUGLAS BIRCH,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1999
SEA RANCH, Calif. -- It's designed to resemble the isolated sheep ranch it once was, though all the messy sheep have been evicted. Like a Tibetan monastery, it fosters reflection and a love of solitude, but without the distractions of crashing cymbals and honking conch shells.Welcome to Sea Ranch, 3,500 acres of California's rugged northern coast lining the winking blue Pacific -- a vacation resort that offers little in the way of fun and less frolic, but a whole lot of splendid isolation.
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By Anne Whitehouse | June 19, 1994
Private and public tragedies are intermingled in Edna O'Brien's bleak, powerful and lyrical new novel. Set in the western lake country of her native Ireland, "House of Splendid Isolation" -- Ms. O'Brien's 20th work of fiction -- tells the story of an elderly widow whose solitude is destroyed by an intruder who, by threat of force, takes refuge in her home. The intruder, McGreevy, is a fugitive. An IRA volunteer known as the Beast, he is wanted for murder.Josie, the Bhean an Tighe (or "woman of the house")
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By Anne Whitehouse | June 19, 1994
Private and public tragedies are intermingled in Edna O'Brien's bleak, powerful and lyrical new novel. Set in the western lake country of her native Ireland, "House of Splendid Isolation" -- Ms. O'Brien's 20th work of fiction -- tells the story of an elderly widow whose solitude is destroyed by an intruder who, by threat of force, takes refuge in her home. The intruder, McGreevy, is a fugitive. An IRA volunteer known as the Beast, he is wanted for murder.Josie, the Bhean an Tighe (or "woman of the house")
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By SUN STAFF | December 5, 1999
Hawaii floats in the Pacific amid the splendid isolation only distance can afford. Nearly 2,400 miles from the nearest continent, the Polynesian kingdom of eight tropical islands and 124 islets saw explorers, capitalists and missionaries, but few visitors.Until the 1900s.The turn of the last century brought territory status (1900), Pearl Harbor (1941), statehood (1959), James Michener (1959), Don Ho (1962), surfers and a namesake TV show that intoned, "Be there. Aloha."And tourists did. Like the golden plovers that fly nonstop from Alaska to winter in Hawaii, vacationing Americans flocked there.
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By Bill Daley and Bill Daley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 25, 2005
Don't be afraid to get a little messy with your food. All too often we think the main ingredient has to cook in splendid isolation from the other components of the dinner. Meats, poultry and fish, in particular, seem to end up alone on a broiler rack or in a skillet. Mix things up a bit and cook all the ingredients together. This allows the flavor of the meat, poultry or fish to mingle with the starches, vegetables and seasonings. In this case, the juices and fat dripping from the chicken pieces infuse the bed of mushrooms on which they rest.
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January 13, 1994
Bank of Boston accused of fraudFederal stock market regulators accused the Bank of Boston yesterday of failing to disclose pertinent information to investors about problem real estate loans in a 1989 quarterly financial filing.The Securities and Exchange Commission launched an administrative action against the bank, charging it either misstated or failed to disclose loan loss projections in its financial statement for the second quarter of 1989.IBM may leave N.Y. headquartersIn the latest sign that company headquarters are no longer the icons for Corporate America they used to be, IBM is considering vacating its 700-employee head office in Armonk, N.Y.Opened in 1963, the building is a classic example of the postwar American corporate headquarters -- a modern, sprawling structure that occupies a hill in splendid isolation, overlooking bTC carefully landscaped grounds in suburbia.
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By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,Sun Staff | May 2, 2004
Colossus: The Price of America's Empire, by Niall Ferguson. Penguin. 400 pages. $25.95. The United States may end up a long-term loser in Iraq because we lack the vision to acknowledge our imperial status and the will to stay the course in the current struggle. And that is a bad thing for a world that has benefited enormously over the last half century when this nation has been willing to effectively exercise its looming economic and political power. That's the provocative -- at times compelling -- argument offered by Niall Ferguson, an economic historian at New York University, in Colossus: The Price of America's Empire.
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By TIM WARREN PRIZED POSSESSIONS. Avery Corman. Simon & Schuster. 320 pages. $19.95 | March 24, 1991
WINTER: NOTESFROM MONTANA.Rick Bass.Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence.162 pages. $18.95.This is the sort of winter Rick Bass writes about:"A cold front came down out of Alaska yesterday, dropping the temperature from twenty above to fifteen below in less than an hour -- branches and limbs blowing from the trees, everything tumbling past, and the wind biting, ripping. The temperature kept dropping after dark, crackling cold stars, plunging, bottoming out around thirty-eight, thirty-nine below.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Sun Art Critic | March 31, 1991
A characteristic Winslow Homer painting of the 1890s -- for instance, "High Cliff, Coast of Maine" or "Weatherbeaten" (both 1894) -- will have some dark rocks at the bottom, perhaps rising in a diagonal across the canvas, breakers with white foam in the middle and a green-gray sea blending into a dull gray sky at the top. Nothing more.So why is it so moving? Because it is not about the rocks and the water, it is not about composition and color, it is not about realism and abstraction. It is about the splendid isolation of the human soul.
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By Richard O'Mara | March 18, 2003
WHAT DOES George W. Bush want to do? What is his plan for us all? His address to the American people last night notwithstanding, the question in its broader sense remains unanswered, ripe for speculation. The president's immediate aim is to destroy the government of Iraq, removing or killing Saddam Hussein. This will be Mr. Bush's second war against another sovereign state since the attack by mostly Saudi terrorists on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It is justified as a part of a continuing campaign against terrorism, for which reason it is now appropriate to ask, Who will be next?
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By George F. Will | October 7, 1999
WASHINGTON -- On the eve of this week's Senate debate on the regulation of political speech, also known as campaign finance reform, consider recent remarks by an ardent reformer, Sen. John McCain. His main aim is to outlaw "soft money" contributions -- money used for purposes other than advocating the election or defeat of particular candidates -- to political parties.The Supreme Court says that because political money is essential to political communication, regulation of such money can only be justified by the compelling need to prevent corruption or the appearance thereof.
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