21 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Samantha Power

“Success is not about who never fails. It is about who can spring – or even stagger – back up.”


Art for Autumn – Part I of V: Ken Auster (American, contemporary)

Below – “Windswept Laguna”


Remembering an American Thinker on the Date of His Birth: Born 21 October 1914 – Martin Gardner, a popular science writer with interests in scientific skepticism, mathematics, micromagic, philosophy, religion, and literature.

Some quotes from the work of Martin Gardner:

“Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads; ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals, the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. The men who radically altered history, the great scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned, if at all.”
“All mathematicians share… a sense of amazement over the infinite depth and the mysterious beauty and usefulness of mathematics.”
“The last level of metaphor in the Alice [in Wonderland] books is this: that life, viewed rationally and without illusion, appears to be a nonsense tale told by an idiot mathematician.”
“The sudden hunch, the creative leap of mind that ‘sees’ in a flash how to solve a problem in a simple way, is something quite different from general intelligence.”
“The universe is almost like a huge magic trick and scientists are trying to figure out how it does what it does.”
“Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs.”
“[T]he more the public is confused, the easier it falls prey to doctrines of pseudo-science which may at some future date recieve the backing of politically powerful groups […]a renaissance of German quasi-science paralleled the rise of Hitler.”
“Let the Bible be the Bible. It’s not about science. It’s not accurate history. It is a grab bag of religious fantasies written by many authors. Some of its myths, like the Star of Bethlehem, are very beautiful. Others are dull and ugly. Some express lofty ideals, such as the parables of Jesus. Others are morally disgusting.”


Art for Autumn – Part II of V: Daniel Authouart (French, contemporary)

Below – “East of Eden”; “American Psycho”; “Around the Corner”


Remembering an American Musician on the Date of His Birth: Born 21 October 1917 – John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.

Art for Autumn – Part III of V: Sid Avery (American, 1918-2002)

Below – “Elizabeth Taylor on the Set of ‘Giant’ (1955)” (photograph)

Worth a Thousand Words: Alcatraz Island.

Art for Autumn – Part IV of V: Jean-Paul Avisse (French, contemporary)

Below – “Le Passe”; “Reflections of Life”; The Voyage of Night”

Musings in Autumn: Og Mandino

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”

Art for Autumn – Part V of V: Lea Avizedek (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Women in Red”


Remembering an American Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 21 October 1952 – Allen Hoey, poet, novelist, and literary critic.

“Flow”
By Allen Hoey

Are there lakes in your life,” he asked, and while
some come to mind, I immediately, instead,
remember flow—the surge and pull of rivers,
creeks, and streams, small and melodious
or wide and quiet, the shush of waves against
the banks a whisper in the dark beneath
trees that edge right up to the flow and arch
beyond, the tug of current against my legs
while the flyline whistles overhead, sparkle
of sun on water—gleam, glint—something
hard as the light that pierces the eyes,
the dark where the water goes under
roots the water’s freed from earth, gnarled,
veiny bits of the underworld brought to light,
the way the pulsing water against my calves
resonates with the water coursing through
my arteries and veins, blood both, red or blue,
flowing, tumbling, sometimes in cascades
that drop long yards to the pool below,
the buoyancy of wave, the ever-forward
propulsion of water following water, water.

Canadian Art – Toller Cranston (1949-2015)

In the words of one writer, “Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston was a Canadian figure skater and painter.”

Below – “Garden Cocktail”; “Sleeping Orchard”; “Lost in Time”; “Night Garden”; “Salmon Muse”; “Green Mandolin.”


Remembering an American Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 21 October 1929 – Ursula K. Le Guin, author of novels, children’s books, and short stories.

Some quotes from the work of Ursula K. Le Guin:

“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
“We’re each of us alone, to be sure. What can you do but hold your hand out in the dark?”
“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
“My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.”
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”

This Date in Art History: Died 21 October 1995 – Nancy Graves, an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Graves was the first woman to receive a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Below – “In Memory of My Feelings”; “Xola”; “Everyone Scurries”; “Klin”; “Permanent Tension”; “Exclose.”

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Current Events – 21 October 2017

“One cannot enter a State legislature or a prison for felons without becoming, in some measure, a dubious character.” – H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), American journalist.

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20 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: James Agee

“He always felt different once he was across the river. This was the real, old, deep country, now. Home country. The cabins looked different to him, a little older and poorer and simpler, a little more homelike; the trees and rocks seemed to come differently out of the ground; the air smelled different.”

Below – Gleb Goloubetski: “A Walk in the Woods”


Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Chiho Aoshima (Japanese, contemporary)

Below – “Hot Springs”

Remembering a Great American on the Date of His Death: Died 20 October 1926 – Eugene V. Debs, union leader and politician. In the words of one writer, Debs “was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times the candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States. Through his presidential candidacies, as well as his work with labor movements, Debs eventually became one of the best-known socialists living in the United States.”

Some quotes from the work of Eugene V. Debs:

“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
“Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
“I would not be a Moses to lead you into the Promised Land, because if I could lead you into it, someone else could lead you out of it.”
“I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world.”

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Dave Archer (American, contemporary)

Below – “Northern Lights”


For Your Information: 20 October is both National Brandied Fruit Day and National Office Chocolate Day in the United States.


Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Henry Asencio (American, contemporary)

Below – “Afternoon Light”

Remembering an American Poet on the Date of His Death: Died 20 October 2004 – Anthony Hecht, a poet and educator.

“Third Avenue in Sunlight”
By Anthony Hecht

Third Avenue in sunlight. Nature’s error.
Already the bars are filled and John is there.
Beneath a plentiful lady over the mirror
He tilts his glass in the mild mahogany air.
I think of him when he first got out of college,
Serious, thin, unlikely to succeed;
For several months he hung around the Village,
Boldly T-shirtet, unfettered but unfreed.

Now he confides to a stranger, “I was first scout,
And kept my glimmers peeled till after dark.
Our outfit had as its sign a bloody knout,
We met behind the museum in Central Park.

Of course, we were kids.” But still those savages,
War-painted, a flap of leather at the loins,
File silently against him. Hostages
Are never taken. One summer, in Des Moines,

They entered his hotel room, tomahawks
Flashing like barracuda. He tried to pray.
Three years of treatment. Occasionally he talks
About how he almost didn’t get away.

Daily the prowling sunlight whets its knife
Along the sidewalk. We almost never meet.
In the Rembrandt dark he lifts his amber life.
My bar is somewhat further down the street.


Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Ashot (British, contemporary)

Below – “Going Home”


Worth a Thousand Words: The Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

This Date in Art History: Born 20 October 1909 – Yasushi Sugiyama, a Japanese painter.

Below – “Dancing”; “Shimmering Water”; “Mount Fuji”; “Water”; “Peacock”; “Crystal Clear.”


Musings in Autumn: Mary Oliver

“I feel the terror of idleness,
like a red thirst.
Death isn’t just an idea.”

Below – Franca Franchi: “Far, far away”

Contemporary American Art – Michael Atkinson

In the words of one writer, “Michael Atkinson was born in Texas. He started painting as a child in the northwest Texas town of Lubbock. Attracted early to the study of architecture, he earned a degree from Texas Tech University, then taught and worked in the field for a time. He soon realized that he was most drawn to the design and presentation aspects of his profession. In the summer of 1974, he took time off to concentrate on his painting. The response to his work was so great; he made the decision to paint full time. A painting by Michael Atkinson is immediately recognizable by its composition He feels that watercolor permits spontaneity and freedom and can be made to do things on its own utilizing texture, density of color, variation of light and dark. White space is also an essential element of the Atkinson look.”

Below – “Orvieto, Italy”; “Cliff Falls”; “Corridors of Time”; Untitled Southwest Landscape; “Point Sur”; “Midnight Arch.”

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Current Events – 20 October 2017

“Sociopaths are attracted to politics because the see it as a sphere in which you can be ruthless and step all over people. That fact that some politicians can tell such awful lies is another example of sociopathy. Sociopaths lie—they see nothing wrong with it.” – Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish writer.

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19 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Remembering an American Adventurer and Author on the Date of Her Birth: Born 19 October 1850 – Annie Smith Peck, who was, in the words of one writer, “an American mountaineer. She lectured extensively for many years throughout the United States, and wrote four books encouraging travel and exploration.”

A quote from the work of Annie Smith Peck:

“Climbing is unadulterated hard labor. The only real pleasure is the satisfaction of going where no man has been before and where few can follow.”

 

Below – Annie Smith Peck, from a trading card issued in 1911.

Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Manuel Anoro (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Dona”; “Botella Roja”; “Mujer Leyendo Una Carta”


Worth a Thousand Words: The Pleiades (Seven Sisters) in the constellation Taurus.


Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Robin Antar (American, contemporary)

Below – “Sea Horse” (onyx)


Remembering an American Hero on the Date of Her Death: Died 19 October 2003 – Margaret Thomas “Mardy” Murie, who was, in the words of one writer, “a naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist. Dubbed the ‘Grandmother of the Conservation Movement’ by both the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society, she helped in the passage of the Wilderness Act, and was instrumental in creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She was the recipient of the Audubon Medal, the John Muir Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States.”
A quote from the work of Margaret Murie:

“Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?”

Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Alexander Anufriev (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Portrait of a Stranger”


Remembering an American Photographer and Ethnologist on the Date of His Death: Died 19 October 1952 – Edward Sheriff Curtis, whose work focused on the American West and on Native Americans.

Below – “A Navajo Medicine Man”; “Navajo Yebichai Dancers”; “Crow’s Heart” (Mandan); “Zuni Girl with Jug”; “Boys in Kayak” (Nunivak); “Canyon de Chelly – Navajo.”

This Date in Art History: Died 19 October 1965 – Edward Willis Redfield, an American impressionist landscape painter.

Below – “Boothbay, Maine”; Untitled (known as “Meadow Creek”); Untitled; “Evening on the Seine.”


Remembering an American Poet on the Date of Her Death: Died 19 October 1950 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet, playwright, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Dirge Without Music”
By Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of lovig hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the
love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not
approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the
world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

This Date in Art History: Born 19 October 1882 – Umberto Boccioni, an influential Italian painter and sculptor.

Below – “Three Women”; “The City Rises”; “The Morning”; “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” (bronze); “Modern Idol”; “Dynamism of a Soccer Player.”

Remembering an Important American Cultural Critic on the Date of His Birth: Born 19 October 1948 – James Howard Kunstler, an author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger. In the words of one writer, “He is best known for his books ‘The Geography of Nowhere’ (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development, ‘The Long Emergency’ (2005), and most recently, ‘Too Much Magic’ (2012).”

Some quotes from the work of James Howard Kunstler:

“It pays to remember that societies get what they deserve, not what they expect.”
“I like to call it ‘the national automobile slum.’ You can call it suburban sprawl. I think it’s appropriate to call it the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.”
“The twentieth century was about getting around. The twenty-first century will be about staying in a place worth staying in.”
“I believe we are deluded about alternative energy. The key is, whatever we do, we’re going to have to do on a very modest scale. It’s all about scale. We’re not going to build giant wind farms with Godzilla-sized turbines all over the place. That’s a fantasy.”
“The living arrangements American now think of as normal are bankrupting us economically, socially, ecologically and spiritually.”
“Community is not something you have, like pizza. Now is it something you can buy. It’s a living organism based on a web of interdependencies- which is to say, a local economy. It expresses itself physically as connectedness, as buildings actively relating to each other, and to whatever public space exists, be it the street, or the courthouse or the village green.”
“The immersive ugliness of our everyday environments in America is entropy made visible.”
“I urge people not to think in terms of ‘solutions,’ but in terms of intelligent responses to the quandaries and predicaments that we face. And there are intelligent responses that we can bring forth. But when I hear the word ‘solution,’ I always suspect that there’s a hidden agenda there. And the hidden agenda is: ‘Please, can you please tell us how we can keep on living exactly the way we’re living now, without having to really change our behavior very much?’ And that’s sort of what’s going on in this country. And it’s not going to work.”
“Americans threw away their communities in order to save a few dollars on hair dryers and plastic food storage tubs, never stopping to reflect on what they were destroying.”
“Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work. A land full of places that are not worth caring about will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending.”
“As the places where Americans dwell become evermore depressing and impossible, Disneyworld is where they escape to worship the nation in the abstract, a cartoon capital of a cartoon republic enshrining the falsehoods, half-truths, and delusions that prop up the squishy thing the national character has become–for instance, that we are a nation of families; that we care about our fellow citizens; that history matters; that there is a place called home.”

 

This Date in Art History: Born 19 October 1937 – Peter Max, an American artist known for using bright colors in his work.

Below – “Playful Pair”; “Woodstock”; “Love”; “Grammy”; “Cosmic Runner”; “Sweet Land of Liberty”; “Homage to Picasso.”

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Current Events – 19 October 2017

“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.” – Edwin Way Teale, American naturalist, photographer, author, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

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18 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Remembering an American Genius on there Date of His Death: Died 18 October 1931 – Thomas Edison, an American inventor and businessman.

Some quotes from the work of Thomas Edison:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”


Art for Autumn – Part I of III: Diane Anderson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Gathering in the Season” (Dyptych)


For Your Information: 18 October is National Chocolate Cupcake Day in the United States.


Art for Autumn – Part II of III: Joe Andoe (American, contemporary)

Below – “Red Horse”


Remembering an Influential Scholar on the Date of His Birth: Born 18 October 1870 – D. T. Suzuki, a Japanese author of books and essays on Zen (Chan) Buddhism that were instrumental in spreading interest in Far Eastern philosophy in the West. Suzuki’s work had a significant influence on American writers of the Beat Generation, including Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg.

Some quotes from the work of D. T. Suzuki:

“When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, ‘What do I need to get to be happy?’ The question becomes, ‘What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?’”
“The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one’s humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.”
“The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts.”
“Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points.”
“Thought creates things by slicing up reality into small bits that it can easily grasp. Thus when you are think-ing you are thing-ing. Thought does not report things, it distorts reality to create things, and as Bergson noted, ‘In so doing it allows what is the very essence of the real to escape.’ Thus to the extent we actually imagine a world of discrete and separate things, conceptions have become perceptions, and we have in this manner populated our universe with nothing but ghosts.”
“In the spiritual world there are no time divisions such as the past, present and future; for they have contracted themselves into a single moment of the present where life quivers in its true sense. The past and the future are both rolled up in this present moment of illumination, and this present moment is not something standing still with all its contents, for it ceaselessly moves on.”
“When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost. This may be called sentimentalism, but a certain sense of loneliness engendered by traveling leads one to reflect upon the meaning of life, for life is after all a travelling from one unknown to another unknown.”


Art for Autumn – Part III of III: Helen Anikst (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Still Life on Russian Scarf”


Worth a Thousand Words: Edward Hopper – “Nighthawks.”


This Date in Art History: Died 18 October 1942 – Mikhail Nesterov, a Russian painter.

Below – “Three Old Men with a Fox”; “The Love Potion”; “Beyond the Volga.”


Remembering an American Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 18 October 1980 – Edwin Way Teale, naturalist, photographer, writer, and
recipient of the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (for “Wandering Through Winter”).

Some quotes from the work of Edwin Way Teale:

“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life and the labors of life reduce themselves.”
“Our minds, as well as our bodies, have need of the out-of-doors. Our spirits, too, need simple things, elemental things, the sun and the wind and the rain, moonlight and starlight, sunrise and mist and mossy forest trails, the perfumes of dawn and the smell of fresh-turned earth and the ancient music of wind among the trees.”
“The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues–self-restraint. Why cannot I take as many trout as I want from a stream? Why cannot I bring home from the woods a rare wildflower? Because if I do, everybody in this democracy should be able to do the same. My act will be multiplied endlessly. To provide protection for wildlife and wild beauty, everyone has to deny himself proportionately. Special privilege and conservation are ever at odds.”
“Nature is shy and noncommittal in a crowd. To learn her secrets, visit her alone or with a single friend, at most. Everything evades you, everything hides, even your thoughts escape you, when you walk in a crowd.”
“Time is the river. We are the islands. Time washes around us and flows away and with it flow fragments of our lives. So, little by little, each island shrinks….But where, who can say, down the long stream of time, are our eroded days deposited?”
“It is those who have compassion for all life who will best safeguard the life of man. Those who become aroused only when man is endangered become aroused too late. We cannot make the world uninhabitable for other forms of life and have it habitable for ourselves. It is the conservationist who is concerned with the welfare of all the land and life of the country, who, in the end, will do most to maintain the world as a fit place for human existence.”


This Date in Art History: Died 18 October 2015 – Robert Dickerson, an Australian painter.

Below – “Girl with Cat”; “Eddy Avenue”; “Woolloomooloo”; “Lovers William Street”; “Man Asleep in Rushcutters Bay Park.”


Musings in Autumn: Mary Oliver

“And now my old dog is dead, and another I had after him, and my parents are dead, and that first world, that old house, is sold and lost, and the books I gathered there lost, or sold- but more books bought, and in another place, board by board and stone by stone, like a house, a true life built, and all because I was steadfast about one or two things: loving foxes, and poems, the blank piece of paper, and my own energy- and mostly the shimmering shoulders of the world that shrug carelessly over the fate of any individual that they may, the better, keep the Niles and Amazons flowing.”


Contemporary American Art – Andrew Annenberg

In the words of one writer, “Andrew Annenberg’s works – original oils and limited editions have been collected and published throughout the world. Early inspiration included frequent visits to the nation’s prime repositories of art treasure: the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of Art and the Natural Museum of History. Stirred by these masterpieces, Annenberg began to draw at seven and from then on everything else was something he had to do so he could return to his art. Since 1974 he has resided on the idyllic Hawaiian island of Maui, where his sense of wonder and awe flourish. Themes from ancient Egypt, classical Greece and England . . . are powerful focal points in much of his work.”

Below – “Temple of Aphrodite”; “The Enchantment”; “Island Harmony”; “Egyptian Enigma”; “Venus Triumphant”; “Return of the Goddess.”

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Current Events – 18 October 2017

“Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” – Timothy Snyder; in the words of one writer, “Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard.”

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17 October 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Autumn: Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Art for Autumn – Part I of IV: Harold Altman (American, contemporary)

Below – “Park II”


Remembering an America Singer on the Date of His Death: Died 17 October 2008 – Levi Stubbs, vocalist and member of The Four Tops.

Art for Autumn – Part II of IV: Sunol Alvar (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Vision de Poeta”


Musings in Autumn: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“The only true animal is a cat, and the only true cat is a gray cat.”


Worth a Thousand Words: Yellowstone National Park.


Art for Autumn – Part III of IV: Robin John Anderson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Indian in Shades of Violet”


Musings in Autumn: Miguel de Unamuno

“Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling.”


Art for Autumn – Part IV of IV: Robert Anderson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Clarity, Movement and Power”


Musings in Autumn: Jack Kerouac

“The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”


American Art – David Fraley (1952-1999)

In the words of one writer, “A very creative, well-respected member of the Atlanta art scene between 1987 and his unexpected death in 1999 on the day of a major gallery opening.  A member of the ‘Taboo’ artist group, David created a simplified method of a complex painting style, and has rewarded us with many unique paintings.”

Below — “The Goddess of Lost Children”; “Blue Sky Police Dog”; “The End of Another Age”; “Huck Finn”; “String Theory, Sweat Therapy”; “Apollo Fragment.”

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Current Events – 17 October 2017

“The danger we face does not come from religion. It comes from a growing intellectual bankruptcy that is one of the symptoms of a dying culture. In ancient Rome, as the republic disintegrated and the Caesars were deified, as the Roman Senate became little more than an echo chamber of the emperor, the population’s attention was diverted by a series of frontier wars and violent and elaborate spectacles in the arena. The excitement of entertainment consumed ancient Rome’s emotional and intellectual life. It poisoned civic and political discourse. Social critics no longer had a form in which to speak. They were answered with ridicule and rage. It was not prerogative of the citizen to think.” – Chris Hedges; in the words of one writer, “Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American journalist, author, and war correspondent, specializing in American and Middle Eastern politics and societies.”

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