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22 June 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell: Part I

Musings in Summer: Denis Waitley “Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” Art for Summer – Part I of V: Shane Neufeld (American, contemporary) Below – “Oculus” Musings in … Continue reading

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Current Events – Part II

“When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, it becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues.” – Thomas Friedman, American journalist, author, and three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

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January Offerings – Part XXIV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of VI: Alan Dingman In the words of one writer, “Alan Dingman grew up in upstate NY. He left for New York City to attend Parsons School of Design and Rhode Island School of a … Continue reading

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American Muse: Stanley Kunitz

“The Round” Light splashed this morning on the shell-pink anemones swaying on their tall stems; down blue-spiked veronica light flowed in rivulets over the humps of the honeybees; this morning I saw light kiss the silk of the roses in … Continue reading

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An Artful Moment: Gligor Cemerski

For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind: Gligor Cemerski is a contemporary Macedonian artist whose best work is frequently a synthesis of Mediterranean traditions. For example, in the painting below, “Awakening the Stone,” we can … Continue reading

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Happy Canada Day!

Today, 1 July 2011, is Canada Day, and I would like to congratulate our good neighbors to the north for just a few of the many things that make their country great: “O Canada” (one of the world’s loveliest and … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Santa 6

Dear Dr. Christmas: What is your favorite Christmas dinner? – Hannibal Dear Hannibal: Even though admitting it makes me appear sentimental, I always enjoy a traditional repast on Christmas day. I begin with venison, of course, baked in a moderately … Continue reading

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Letters to Dr. Christmas 5

Dear Dr. Christmas: Is it really better to give than to receive? – Ebenezer Dear Ebenezer: Yes, it is better to give than to receive, but only if kicks and punches are being exchanged. Otherwise, as we all know perfectly … Continue reading

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The Wheel

October 1999: It is an overcast morning in the Arkansas Ozarks, and the lowering clouds threaten rain, but the air is fresh, and I am going to the War Eagle Craft Fair. I have never attended this almost legendary fair, … Continue reading

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Food and Wine

Though I am notoriously lactose-fickle, at the moment my favorite cheese is Cabot Horseradish Pasturized Process Cheddar Cheese, largely because of a discovery that I made concerning its affinity with wine. While the delectable tanginess of this cheese could overwhelm … Continue reading

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