24 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Seneca

“Life is like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

Below – Elizabeth Blaylock: “Walking the Beach”


Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Christopher Reilly (American, contemporary)

Below – “Japanese Iris”


Musings in Summer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.”


Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Ira Reines (American, contemporary)

Below – “Diana and the Panther” (bronze); “Leda and the Swan” (bronze)


Worth a Thousand Words: Elvis Presley steadies a bazooka in Germany (1958).


Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Hans Ressdorf (American, 1921-2011)

Below – “Pueblo Village”


Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“We cannot withdraw love without damaging ourselves. I have been badly hurt again but I see this morning that it does not really matter because I perceive the truth. Rage is the deprived infant in me but there is also a compassionate mother in me and she will come back with her healing powers in time.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Wade Reynolds (American, 1929-2011)

Below – “Torso”


A Poem for Today

“All the Questions”
By Robert Tremmel

When you step through
the back door
into the kitchen
father is still
sitting at the table
with a newspaper
folded open
in front of him
and pen raised, working
the crossword puzzle.

In the living room
mother is sleeping
her peaceful sleep
at last, in a purple
robe, with her head
back, slippered feet
up and twisted
knuckle hands crossed
right over left
in her lap.

Through the south window
in your old room
you see leaves
on the giant ash tree
turning yellow again
in setting sun
and falling slowly
to the ground and one
by one all the questions
you ever had become clear.

Number one across:
a four-letter word
for no longer.

Number one down:
an eleven letter word
for gone.


Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Caroline Reynolds (American, contemporary)

Below – “Path Not Taken”


Musings in Summer: Tonya Sheridan

“The importance of solitude is to help you to differentiate your own thoughts from those you have studied, read, heard, or unintentionally absorbed.”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Jean Richardson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Horses”; “Spring Ponies”


Musings in Summer: Yasunari Kawabata

“The stars, almost too many of them to be true, came forward so brightly that it was as if they were falling with the swiftness of the void.”

Contemporary American Art – M. Charles Rhinehart

In the words of one writer, “M. Charles Rhinehart was a painter from St. Louis, MO. His works have been shown and are included in Museum collections, in St. Louis Art Museum, Springfield Regional Art Museum, Little Rock Art Museum, and others. Rhinehart is in collections including the Pillsbury Collections, the Leggett and Platt Collection the Ritz Carlton Collection and Has shown in recognized Art Galleries through out the United States. His works are collected privately both nationally and internationally . Rhinehart lives quietly with his wife, a painter also, and devotes his time to painting and further exploration of painting, he has traveled to locations and painted in every State west of the Mississippi including Alaska and The Yukon, and many others States in the United States.”

Below – Untitled Cloudy Landscape; “Missouri Castles”; “Jackson Hole”; Untitled Mountain Landscape; “Owl”; “Arches at Sea.”

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From the Demagogue Files – 24 August 2017

“The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” – H. L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar.

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 24 August 2017

“Woe to him whose good name is more to him than goodness.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 24 August 2017

“So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre.”

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Current Events – 24 August 2017

“Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom that you can decide you don’t much care for.” – Molly Ivins (1944-2007), American newspaper columnist, political commentator, and author.

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From the Demagogue Files – 23 August 2017

“If you look at the history of demagoguery and fascism, it always happens when there are two things. It requires a gentle populace to allow it to happen, whether through laziness, ignorance or ineptitude, but it also requires a very angry, dissatisfied section of the populace who want egregiously simple answers to very complicated problems.” – Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name Moby, American singer, songwriter, musician, photographer, and animal rights activist.

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23 August 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Donald Roy Purdy (American, contemporary)

Below – “Flower Cart”; “Woman in the Garden”

Musings in Summer: Mahatma Gandhi

“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Joseph Raffael (American, contemporary)

Below – “Wind on Water”; “Night Sky Fish”


A Poem for Today

“Objects Used to Prop Open a Window”
By Michelle Menting

Dog bone, stapler,
cribbage board, garlic press
because this window is loose—lacks
suction, lacks grip.

Bungee cord, bootstrap,
dog leash, leather belt
because this window had sash cords.
They frayed. They broke.

Feather duster, thatch of straw, empty
bottle of Elmer’s glue
because this window is loud—its hinges clack
open, clack shut.

Stuffed bear, baby blanket,
single crib newel
because this window is split. It’s dividing
in two.

Velvet moss, sagebrush,
willow branch, robin’s wing
because this window, it’s pane-less. It’s only
a frame of air.


Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Romaya Puchman (Azerbaijanian, contemporary)

Below – “Recollection”; “Artist and Model”

Musings in Summer: James Thurber

“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Mohammad Rahimi (Iranian, contemporary)

Below – “Before the Revolution”


Worth a Thousand Words: A Child blinded by the Hiroshima atomic bomb (1945).


Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Robert Redbird, Sr. (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“So let the world go, but hold fast to joy.”


Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Andrea Razzauti (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Silenzio”


Musings in Summer: Walt Whitman

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Contemporary American Art – Kevin Red Star

In the words of one writer, “Kevin Red Star was born and raised on the Crow reservation in Southwestern Montana where he was surrounded by creative people. His father was a musician and his mother was known for her expert fiber crafts. During his second year in high school in 1962 he was chosen to attend the new Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe where he studied until 1965. He was then awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. That same year Kevin Redstar won both First Prize and The Governor’s Trophy Award at the Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition. He completed his formal education at Montana State University and Eastern Montana College. In 1975 he was invited back to the Institute of American Indian Art as an Artist-in-Residence. Redstar’s career as a major American artist was launched. He has been actively painting for over three decades.”

Below – “Brave on Horse”; “Crow Woman”; “Mr. and Mrs. Beads”; “Crow Teepees”; “Three Warriors with Coup Sticks”; “Crow Watchmen on Horses.”

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 23 August 2017

“Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of the demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 23 August 2017

“To anticipate, not the sunrise and the dawn merely, but, if possible, Nature herself! How many mornings, summer and winter, before yet any neighbor was stirring about his business, have I been about mine…So many autumn, ay, and winter days, spent outside the town, trying to hear what was in the wind, to hear and carry it express! I well-nigh sunk all my capital in it, and lost my own breath into the bargain, running in the face of it.”

Below – Emily Carr: “Wind in the Woods”

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Current Events – 23 August 2017

Current Events – 23 August 2017

“What better way for a ruling class to claim and hold power than to pose as the defenders of the nation.” – Christopher Hitchens, English-born American author, journalist, and literary critic.

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