The Lovers’ Almanac 30 November – How Many Ways – art by William-Adolphe Bouguereau – Folies Bergère

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  Do you long for the one you love?  How many ways?  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac

Dear Muse,

how many ways
oh, i s’pose alot…

protective, in tune,
and sensitive, a gift
the ability to feel everything
a brave feat, to have a heart
that can open so fully
and give and receive

a Breath of Life a reminder
of release, prayer, and connection

© copyright 2017 mac tag/cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

How Many Ways

Were I as witty as Wilde
No doubt a better poet
Would I be and these words
I write would wind their way
Better around your heart

Some men can be happy
With any woman as long
As they do not love them
With you I found it easy
To love you and be happy

How many ways
Can it be said
Still missin’ you

Some men think women were made
To be loved and not understood
Learnin’ to understand you
Was the best part of lovin’ you

How many ways
Can it be said
Still needin’ you

Some say we ought to misbehave
Or rather look like we might
Misbehavin’ or pretendin’
Was never more fun than with you

How many ways
Can it be said
Still wantin’ you

Some think when it comes to lovin’,
Three is company and two none
When you and I were together
You were all I ever needed

How many ways
Can it be said
Still lovin’ you

Some say and it has been written
One should always be in love

How many ways can it be said
Would it were that I still was

 © copyright 2012 mac tag/Cowboy Coleridge all rights reserved

The Song of the Day is “How Many Ways” by Murray Head.


William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Self portrait, by William Bouguereau.jpg

Portrait of the Artist (1879)

Today is the birthday of William-Adolphe Bouguereau (La Rochelle; November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905 La Rochelle); French academic painter and traditionalist.  In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body.  As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde.  By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes.  In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work.  Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.


Égalité devant la mort (Equality Before Death), 1848, oil on canvas, 141 × 269 cm (55.5 × 105.9 in), Musée d’Orsay, Paris. 

The Wave (1896)

In 1856, he married Marie-Nelly Monchablon.

The Birth of Venus (1879)

In 1877, his wife died.  Bouguereau was married for the second time in 1896, to fellow artist Elizabeth Jane Gardner, one of his pupils.

The Young Shepherdess (1885)



Sewing (1898)
  • Fraternal Love (1851)

  • The Day of the Dead (1859)

  • Charity (1859)

  • Maternal Admiration (1869)

  • The Haymaker (1869)

  • Italian Girl Drawing Water (1871)

  • Les murmures de l’Amour (1889)

  • Charity (1878)

  • La Frileuse (1879)

  • A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros (1880)

  • Song of the Angels (1881)

  • Fishing For Frogs (1882)

  • Biblis (1884)

  • Seated Nude (1884)

  • The First Mourning (1888)

  • The Invasion (1892)

  • Gabrielle Cot, daughter of Pierre Auguste Cot – 1890

  • A Little Coaxing (1890)

  • Daisies (1894)

  • Inspiration (1898)

  • The Virgin With Angels, (1900)


On this day in 1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

Folies Bergère
Folies Bergere after renovatation of facade 2013.jpg

2013, after renovation of facade (originally created in 1926)

The Folies Bergère is a cabaret music hall, located in Paris, France.  Established in 1869, the house was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s’ Belle Époque through the Golden Twenties.  The institution is still in business, and is still a strong symbol of French and Parisian life.

Jules Chéret, Folies Bergère, Fleur de Lotus, 1893 Art Nouveau poster for the Ballet Pantomime

Costume, c. 1900

Located at 32 rue Richer in the 9th Arrondissement, the Folies Bergère was built as an opera house by the architect Plumeret.  It opened on 2 May 1869 as the Folies Trévise, with light entertainment including operettas, opéra comique (comic opera), popular songs, and gymnastics.  It became the Folies Bergère on 13 September 1872, named after a nearby street, the rue Bergère (“bergère” means “shepherdess”).  The American impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., named his light-hearted, extravagant Broadway revues the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931), after the venue.

Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

In 1882, Édouard Manet painted his well-known painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère which depicts a bar-girl, one of the demimondaines, standing before a mirror.

In 1886, Édouard Marchand conceived a new genre of entertainment for the Folies Bergère: the music-hall revue.  Women would be the heart of Marchand’s concept for the Folies.

Josephine Baker in a banana skirt from the Folies Bergère production Un Vent de Folie

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