Beleaguered in Bothell – Part III

Musings in Summer:George Alexiou

“As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you.”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Paul Resika (American, contemporary)

Below – “Figures and Fire”

Musings in Summer: Ambrose Bierce

“Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Richard Ryan (American, contemporary)

Below – “Bird II”

Musings in Summer: Carl R. White

“All I have is me, myself and I and we are all getting really tired of each other.”

Below – Jo-ann Doherty: “Me, myself, and I”

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Roman Frances (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Serenity”

A Poem for Today

“Crossing Shoal Creek”
By J. T. Ledbetter

The letter said you died on your tractor
crossing Shoal Creek.
There were no pictures to help the memories fading
like mists off the bottoms that last day on the farm
when I watched you milk the cows,
their sweet breath filling the dark barn as the rain
that wasn’t expected sluiced through the rain gutters.
I waited for you to speak the loud familiar words
about the weather, the failed crops—
I would have talked then, too loud, stroking the Holstein
moving against her stanchion—
but there was only the rain on the tin roof,
and the steady swish-swish of milk into the bright bucket
as I walked past you, so close we could have touched.

Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Art Fronckowiak (American, 1949-2009)

Below – “Cedar Glow”

Musings in Summer: Plato

“In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”

Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Mary Finley (American, 1908-1964)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Summer: Jay Leno

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Jesus Fuertes (Spanish, 1938-2006)

Below – “Cashew Nut Woman Vendor”

Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been: A people busy and powerful, knowledgeable, ambivalent, important, fearful, and self-aware; a people who scheme, promote, deceive, and conquer; who pray for their loved ones, and long to flee misery and skip death. It is a weakening and discoloring idea, that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time– or even knew selflessness or courage or literature– but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less.”

Contemporary American Art – Paul Sattler

Paul Sattler attended Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania, 1987-1989), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1989-1991, BFA Painting/Printmaking), and Indiana University, Bloomington, Henry Radford School of Fine Arts (1992-1994).

Below – “Protest Against the Sun”; “Remedy”; “Reservoir”; “Shore”; “The Overlook”; “Letters to Cross (Henri Matisse to Henri Edmond Cross).”

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