Beleaguered in Bothell – 13 February 2018

Musings in Winter: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“I went up on the hill and walked about until twilight had deepened into an autumn night with a benediction of starry quietude over it. I was alone but not lonely. I was a queen in halls of fancy.”

Art for Winter – Part I of IV: Raymond Saunders (American, contemporary)

Below – “Smile”; Untitled; “Flowers From a Black Garden”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Death; Died 13 February 2010 – Lucille Clifton, an American poet.

“blessing the boats”
by Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that


Art for Winter – Part II of IV: Regina Saura (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Cel Roig”; “Azz Cat”; “Frutero Grafico”


Remembering a Composer on the Date of His Death: Died 13 February 1883 – Richard Wagner, a German composer, theater director, conductor, and polemicist.

Art for Winter – Part III of IV: Leslie Sayour (American, contemporary)

Below – “La Valencia”; “Message to Home”; “Flowers by Window”

Worth a Thousand Words: Ambolseli National Park, Kenya.

Art for Winter – Part IV of IV: Rick Scalf (American, contemporary)

Below – “Longing”; “Solitude”; “Forever”


A Poem for Today

“Hojoki”
by Kenneth Rexroth

A thing unknown for years,
Rain falls heavily in June,
On the ripe cherries, and on
The half cut hay.
Above the glittering
Grey water of the inlet,
In the driving, light filled mist,
A blue heron
Catches mice in the green
And copper and citron swathes.
I walk on the rainy hills.
It is enough.

Contemporary Italian Art – Marco Sassone

In the words of one writer, “Marco Sassone, was born 1942 in Campi Bisenzio, a Tuscan village. He moved to Florence in 1954, where his interest in painting began. He studied architectural drafting at the Istituto Galileo Galilei, and sold his first works, watercolor sketches, to tourists. Sassone studied with painter Silvio Loffredo, who had been a pupil of the Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka. These artists formed Sassone’s early influences. In November 1967, after the destructive flood that had devastated Florence, Sassone traveled to the United States where he settled in California. He moved to Laguna Beach, where he exhibited at the annual Festival of the Arts. In the early 1980s Sassone moved his studio to San Francisco, where he encountered homelessness. He spent several years sketching the homeless people he met while observing life on the streets.

Below – “Flood of Florence”; “Pier Thirty-Nine”; “San Francisco Bay”; “Tiburon Terrace”; “Sausalito Houseboat”; “Moss Point, California.”

Musings in Winter: Stephen Hawking

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

Contemporary American Art – Carol Satriani

In the words of one writer, “Carol Satriani began her career as an art teacher in the New York Public School system. After moving to northern California she continued as a practicing artist.”

Below – “On Top of the World”; “The Lily Pond”; “A Spring Day”; “Approaching Bodega”; “Early Spring, Mt. Lassen”; “Vintage Fields.”

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