From the Demagogue Files – 6 September 2017

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” — Alexander Hamilton, American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 6 September 2017

“The warmly cool, clear, ringing, perfumed, overflowing, redundant days, were as crystal goblets of Persian sherbet, heaped up—flaked up, with rose-water snow.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 6 September 2017

“This was sheer idleness to my fellow-townsmen, no doubt; but if the birds and flowers had tried me by their standard, I should not have been found wanting. A man must find his occasions in himself, it is true. The natural day is very calm, and will hardly reprove his indolence.”

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Current Events – 6 September 2017

“But, Jefferson worried that the people – and the argument goes back to Thucydides and Aristotle – are easily misled. He also stressed, passionately and repeatedly, that it was essential for the people to understand the risks and benefits of government, to educate themselves, and to involve themselves in the political process.
Without that, he said, the wolves will take over.” – Carl Sagan, American scientist, author, and cultural critic.

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It’s the Same Old Song

“You know how it feels, you understand
What it is to be a stranger
In this unfriendly land.” – Bobby Bland

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5 September 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell

Musings in Summer: Jonathan Kozol

“Young children give us glimpses of some things that are eternal.”


Art for Summer – Part I of V: Pietro Signorelli (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Magiche Trasparenze”; “Magnole”


Musings in Summer: May Sarton

“In the end what kills is not agony (for agony at least asks something of the soul) but everyday life.”

Art for Summer – Part II of V: Hal Singer (American, 1919-2003)

Below – “Girl with Guitar”

Worth a Thousand Words: The first known “selfie” (circa 1839).

Art for Summer – Part III of V: Dzemma Skulme (Latvian, contemporary)

Below – “Maria with Purple Stockings”; “Latvian Traditions”

Musings in Summer: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“He who must travel happily must travel light.”

Art for Summer – Part IV of V: W.A. Slaughter, American (1923-2000)

Below – “Sunrise on the Third Coast”

A Poem for Today

“Love Sorrow”
By Mary Oliver

Love sorrow. She is yours now, and you must
take care of what has been
given. Brush her hair, help her
into her little coat, hold her hand,
especially when crossing a street. For, think,

what if you should lose her? Then you would be
sorrow yourself; her drawn face, her sleeplessness
would be yours. Take care, touch
her forehead that she feel herself not so

utterly alone. And smile, that she does not
altogether forget the world before the lesson.
Have patience in abundance. And do not
ever lie or ever leave her even for a moment

by herself, which is to say, possibly, again,
abandoned. She is strange, mute, difficult,
sometimes unmanageable but, remember, she is a child.
And amazing things can happen. And you may see,

as the two of you go
walking together in the morning light, how
little by little she relaxes; she looks about her;
she begins to grow.


Art for Summer – Part V of V: Jeanette Pasin Sloan (American, contemporary)

Below – “Alignment”


Musings in Summer: Jim Harrison

“The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense.”

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Italian Art – Nicola Simbari (1927-2012)

In the words of one writer, “Nicola Simbari was considered by many to be Italy’s most important living artist. A painter of semiabstract impressionist works; he was a stunning colorist who favors brilliant tones, richly layered with a palette knife. Like the great impressionists of a century ago, Simbari’s paintings are drenched in light and energy, but provide new definition through his intensity of vision and dramatic techniqu. Born in Calabria, Italy, Simbari was greatly impacted by the natural setting of his Mediterranean world: the wide sea, intense sky, and vivid flowers.”

Below – “Settembre”; “Seaside Shade”; “Circeo”; “Raquel”; “Mysterious Room”; “Nude with Comb.”


Musings in Summer: Paul Bowles

“The only thing that makes life worth living is the possibility of experiencing now and then a perfect moment. And perhaps even more than that, it’s having the ability to recall such moments in their totality, to contemplate them like jewels.”

Below – Jean Tatton Jones: “Perfect Moment”


Contemporary American Art – Anton Sipos

In the words of one writer, “Anton Sipos was born in 1938 in Bosnia, the Central Mountain Region of Yugoslavia, his hypnotic interest in drawing manifested itself at an early age. That profound attachment and love affair has never left him. Drawing has been the anchor of his restless, unsettled life. He left home in his teens and supported himself as a film animation artist… In 1964, his long standing secret fantasy to live in Montmartre and study with French artists at The ole de Paris became a reality. His paintings from this period hang in major galleries throughout Europe…In 1970, Mr. Sipos arrived in Los Angeles where he painted scenes of Los Angeles and San Diego Harbor never submitting to pressures of the market place. He often resorted to working as an artist for the movie industry. His superb classical training won him a contract with Eleanor Ettinger Studio in New York to work for Norman Rockwell transposing his original oils to lithographic plates. His first major New York exhibition took place at the Jasper Gallery on 57th Street in 1977. The last ten years of the artist’s life produced the most prolific and mature work. He secluded himself in his atelier in west Los Angeles. Some of the major art dealers and collectors were guests in his atelier. His new palette blossomed into rich, bright colors as never before. Bright yellows, oranges, reds, and blues have been dominant. Anything under the sun becomes the subject of his paintings: the California Coast from Carmel to La Jolla, portraits of his family and friends.”

Below – “Two Girls by a Stream”; Untitled Landscape; “At the Beach”; Untitled Southwest Landscape; “Portrait of a Girl”; “Reclining Topless Woman.”

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From the Demagogue Files – 5 September 2017

“Demagogues thrive in dim light.” – Garrison Keillor, American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality.

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Exhortations from the Deck of the Pequod – 5 September 2017

“I felt a melting in me. No more my splintered heart and maddened hand were turned against the wolfish world.”

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A View from Walden Pond – 5 September 2017

“It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow.”

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Current Events – 5 September 2017

“‘Eating is an agricultural act,’ as Wendell Berry famously said. It is also an ecological act, and a political act, too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world – and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction. By comparison, the pleasures of eating industrially, which is to say eating in ignorance, are fleeting. Many people today seem perfectly content eating at the end of an industrial food chain, without a thought in the world; this book is probably not for them.” – Michael Pollan; in the words of one writer, he “is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism.” The quote above is taken from his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.”

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