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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 i i Stir00 N N.lltliA;r A weeklycolumnhighlightingsome I  i,,s,.Lm,, of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ORDERS OF ARCHITECTURE DORIC The Greeks took the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, added to them and improved them. During this process they developed what had come to be known as the "Orders of Architec- ture." An Order of Architec- ture may be defined as a column setting on its base, plus the horizontal structure (Entablature) above it. The Greeks developed three Or- ders. They are named Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The development of these Orders was based upon strict math- ematical proportion, and any attempt to vary from the es- tablished rules would cause an optically distorted or dis- proportionate structure. The development of the Doric Order extended over a I I IONIC CORINTHIAN period of four hundred years and is considered to be one of man's most nearly per- fect creations. The top of the column has a dish shaped section under a square block. This eases the transition from the vertical lines to the horizontal at this critical point. The spe- cial feature of the Ionic Order is its volute or scroll capital. It was influenced from the Egyptian lotus, Mycenaean jewelry, and ram's horns. The special feature of the Corinthian Order is the acanthus leaf, from plants that grow in the Mediterra- nean region. Its employ- ment in the design of this column capital is credited to Callimachus, a worker i in Corinthian bronze. He received his inspiration af- ter observing a funeral bas- ket over the grave of a Corinthian maiden. When the Romans con- quered the Greeks they accepted and used the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Or- ders, but added two more of their own design. These two are called the Tuscan (simi- lar to the Doric but without the vertical flutes), and the Composite (a combination of Ionic and Corinthian). The Doric is the sturd- iest of the Orders. Its fin- est examples are on the Parthenon (Athens) and at Paestum (modern Pesto, south of Salerno). The second story around the Colosseum in Rome has an excellent example of the Ionic Order. The Corinthian Order can be seen on the Pantheon and on the Arch of Constantine (Rome). The first story around the Colos- seum displays the Tuscan Order, and the Arch of Titus (Rome) shows the Composite Order.. Why not go to church next Sunday and, as long as you're not listening to the priest you might try to recognize some of these columns. NEXT WEEK: Why Marble? Resolving to Become Organ&ed by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Now that we are into the New Year, resolutions that were made with all good in- tentions most likely have already been tested, hopefully they remain unbroken or at least reasonably unbroken. We made the joint resolution to become more organized in 2010; friends who know us have given us a week before we demolish this promise made to ourselves. The idea of having a place for every- thing and everything in its place is very appealing espe- cially if you are chronically disorganized and living in the cramped quarters of a city apartment, it is the Holy Grail of promises, the goal you try to attain year after year that constantly evades you. We decided we needed organizing tools to make our shared resolution into a reality. A close friend urged us to drive out to Stoughton to visit the Swedish store IKEA, promising that there we were certain to find every- thing needed to organize our- selves. He particularly recom- mended a series of collapsible boxes and magazine holders that had worked wonders for him and he was certain would do the same for us. Anxious to get started, we drove out to IKEA just after Christmas; exiting Route 24, we passed through a shopping mall and finally IKEA, a huge box of a store painted in blue and yellow, the colors of the Swedish flag with banners blowing in the wind, it is an impressive sight. The store is built over its parking lot, once parked you simply walk to an entrance and take an escalator up to the show- rooms and a shopping experi- ence like no other. We were immediately struck by the amount of people shopping in the store; entire families seemed to be on a shopping outing. A restaurant was just to our left, we figured they had to be serving Swedish meat- balls so we decided to pay it a visit. We were not disap- pointed, the meatballs were delicious and so was the apple cake, an hour passed and we reminded ourselves that we were here to do the serious work of buying boxes and files to organize ourselves. We knew we were looking for the Home Organizing De- partment but had no idea of where it was located, rather than ask, we decided to roam the store till we found the department. We had a large blue bag that we found at the entrance that is meant to be attached to a cart; we decided to carry the bag figuring the cart would not be necessary. Fifteen minutes into our roaming, the bag was nearly filled to capacity and still we had not arrived at our destination. The store is filled with things that you did not realize you needed until you see them, with prices hard to resist. It began inno- cently enough with a plastic dust pan and broom that was followed by several pack- ages of white candles, then sets of cork trivets, the wa- tering can was unexpected but in the bag it went and of course paper napkins in as- sorted colors and what about the spaghetti tongs we long needed. We arrived at the Home Organizing Department 45 minutes later pushing a shop- ping cart having abandoned our wholly inadequate shop- ping bag 15 minutes earlier. There were boxes of all shapes and colors once again, at prices hard to resist. We decided on white collapsible boxes trimmed in silver and selected many different sizes, all were loaded into a second shopping cart. We now had to make our way to the check- out counters determined to ignore the vast fields of mer- chandise that lay in our path. We almost made it, but gift wrapping paper at a dollar a roll was hard to resist. When finally we were checked out you would figure we could not buy anything else. WrongI!! In a small food department just beyond checkout, the Swed- ish meatballs we enjoyed three hours earlier were for sale in frozen packages to be taken home. We figured, what the heck, and we bought them throwing in a jar of Lingon- berry jam for good measure. Next year's resolution has got to be, to do something about impulse buying!ll Res Publica by David Trumbull Any Registered Republican Can Run and Win The Republican State Con- vention will be held April 17, 2010 in Worcester and the various Republican Town and Ward Committees will be meeting during the pe- riod January 20 th to Febru- ary 3 rd to elect delegates to the convention. Here in my ward, Boston Ward Three, which includes the North End, the West End, and nearby areas, we have not yet set the date for our caucus to elect del- egates. If you are interested in being elected a delegate to the convention, please contact me at david@trumbuU We have 12 del- egate slots to fill. You need not be present at the caucus to win. Any registered Re- publican as of December 1, 2009 is eligible to be a delegate. You must be a resi- dent of the ward in which you seek election. Post-Gazette readers in East Boston live in Ward One, which has been allo- cated ten delegates. In nearby Charlestown, Ward Two, nine delegates will be elected. If you are interested in running for delegate in those wards, or anywhere else in the Commonwealth, you may also contact me and I'll get you information on the caucus in your Town, or Ward in the case of cities. In some places where there are many Republican activists there will be active competition for coveted del- egate positions. However, if you are interested in run- ning for delegate it is worth looking into your chances for election. In some towns and wards the number of delegates allocated exceeds the number of persons on the local Republican Committee and you may have an excel- lent shot at getting elected. I myself have been at ward caucuses where someone showing up for his or her first time at a Republican meeting got elected delegate to the State Convention. The Republican Party of Massachusetts welcomes all voters desiring to advance our party principles in the Commonwealth. We cham- pion job creation, entrepre- neurship, and small busi- nesses, demand individual freedom, defend family val- ues, and limit government and taxation. All the while, we protect fundamental ba- sics such as public safety and public education. David TrumbuU is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. THANKYOU from the Casa Monte Cassino Happy New Yearl We, at the Casa Monte Cassino wish to extend our heart- felt gratitude to all who made this year's annual Santa Lucia Benefit a huge success. Now in its 18 th year, the annual fundraising luncheon was held at Anthony's Pier 4 on December 6, and enjoyed tremendous attendance and support from the Boston community and the North End, in particular. Over 250 people were in attendance and the festive and generous spirit of all present was both hum- bling and inspiring. The Casa Monte Cassino serves children and their fami- lies seeking medical attention in Boston by providing hous- ing and general assistance while being treated at Boston's world renowned medical centers. It is only through the generosity of our benefactors at the annual Santa Lucia Luncheon, as well as other occasions throughout the year, that the Casa can serve those in need. Warmest wishes for a healthy and happy 2010 and "mille yrazie" from all of us at the Casa Monte Cassino! NORTH END00 Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES m 617-227-8929