29 June 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell: Part VIII

Musings in Summer: Sherry Turkle

“In his history of solitude, Anthony Storr writes about the importance of being able to feel at peace in one’s own company. But many find that, trained by the Net, they cannot find solitude even at a lake or beach or on a hike. Stillness makes them anxious. I see the beginnings of a backlash as some young people become disillusioned with social media. There is,. too, the renewed interest in yoga, Eastern religions, meditating, and ‘slowness.’”

Couple overlooking mountain scenery

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: David Gerstein (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Curious Cows”


Musings in Summer: Sophocles

“There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.”

Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Stephen Gillberry (Canadian, contemporary)

Below – “All Together Now”


A Poem for Today

“The New Dentist”
By James Kuperman

Driving to the new dentist’s office
the slow drive of a new place
with the McDonalds that I don’t go to
on the left, the mall two miles away.
The Courthouse and the Old Courthouse
road signs that break apart, the fork in the road
that looks nothing like a fork or a spoon, in fact
at best, maybe a knife bent in a dishwasher
that leans to one side. And I know the dentist
will ask about my last visit and want to know
in months that I can’t say some time ago
and I know he will ask me about flossing
and saying when I’m in the mood won’t be
the appropriate answer.
He will call out my cavities
as if they were names in a class.
I brush my teeth before going in.
It’s like cleaning before the cleaning person
but I don’t want him to know I keep an untidy
mouth. That I am the type of person who shoves
things in the closet before guests arrive.

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Walter Girotto (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Black Hat”


Musings in Summer: Alain de Botton

“The challenge for a human now is to be more interesting to another than his or her smartphone.”


Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: Andre Gisson (American, 1921-2003)

Below – “Gallery Opening”


A Second Poem for Today

“Eight Ball”
By Claudia Emerson

It was fifty cents a game
beneath exhausted ceiling fans,

the smoke’s old spiral. Hooded lights
burned distant, dull. I was tired, but you

insisted on one more, so I chalked
the cue—the bored blue—broke, scratched.

It was always possible
for you to run the table, leave me

nothing. But I recall the easy
shot you missed, and then the way

we both studied, circling—keeping
what you had left me between us.

Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Filippo Giudice (Italian, contemporary)

Below – “Hawaiian Woman”

Musings in Summer: Lucy Maud Montgomery

“The body grows slowly and steadily but the soul grows by leaps and bounds. It may come to its full stature in an hour.”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Kamal Givian (Iranian, contemporary)

Below – “Conversation”


Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.”

Contemporary American Art – Dan McCaw

Artist Statement: “My primary interest lies in going beyond the technique in order to interpret the subject in different ways and expand on the interpretation to make a personal statement.  Creativity lies in uncertainty because your solution can be anything!”

Below – “Conversation”; “Abstract Ocean”; “AM Conversation”; “Revisited”; “Harmony of Grey’s”; “Slant of Light.”

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