30 June 2017 – Beleaguered in Bothell: Part IX

Musings in Summer: Alain de Botton

“You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.”

Below – Shonto Begay: “In Beauty She Walks”

Art for Summer – Part I of VI: Ben Aronson (American, contemporary)

Below – “Under the El, Chicago”


Musings in Summer: Wendell Berry

“Connection is health. And what our society does its best to disguise from us is how ordinary, how commonly attainable, health is. We lose our health – and create profitable diseases and dependences – by failing to see the direct connections between living and eating, eating and working, working and loving. In gardening, for instance, one works with the body to feed the body. The work, if it is knowledgeable, makes for excellent food. And it makes one hungry. The work thus makes eating both nourishing and joyful, not consumptive, and keeps the eater from getting fat and weak. This is health, wholeness, a source of delight.”


Art for Summer – Part II of VI: Matt Brackett (American, contemporary)

Below – “The Torch of Autumn”


A Poem for Today

“Second Tour”
By Penelope Scambly Schott

While my husband packed to fly back to Vietnam,
this time as a tourist instead of a soldier,

I drove to the zoo to say goodbye to the musk oxen
who were being shipped out early next morning

to Tacoma. We were getting lions instead.
When I got there, it was too easy to park.

The zoo was closing early so they wouldn’t let me in.
I went back to my car and slid into the driver’s seat.

Sobs tore from deep in my chest, I who had never
seen a musk ox and never cared until now.

Art for Summer – Part III of VI: Marcus Glenn (American, contemporary)

Below – “The Night the Stars Felt Closer I, II, and III”


Musings in Summer: Annie Dillard

“I alternate between thinking of the planet as home – dear and familiar stone hearth and garden – and as a hard land of exile in which we are all sojourners.”


Art for Summer – Part IV of VI: David Glynn (American, contemporary)

Below – “Wine, Women, and Song (Banjo)”; “Study in Bikes”; “Deepest Remains.”


A Second Poem for Today

“Moment”
By Carol L. Gloor

At the moment of my mother’s death
I am rinsing frozen chicken.
No vision, no rending
of the temple curtain, only
the soft give of meat.
I had not seen her in four days.
I thought her better,
and the hospital did not call,
so I am fresh from
an office Christmas party,
scotch on my breath
as I answer the phone.
And in one moment all my past acts
become irrevocable.

Art for Summer – Part V of VI: Robert Gniewek (American, contemporary)

Below – “Late Night Meal”


Musings in Summer: George Santayana

“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”

Art for Summer – Part VI of VI: Michael Godfrey (American, contemporary)

Below – Untitled

Musings in Summer: Loren Eiseley

“Though men in the mass forget the origins of their need, they still bring wolfhounds into city apartments, where dog and man both sit brooding in wistful discomfort.
The magic that gleams an instant between Argos and Odysseus is both the recognition of diversity and the need for affection across the illusions of form. It is nature’s cry to homeless, far-wandering, insatiable man: ‘Do not forget your brethren, nor the green wood from which you sprang. To do so is to invite disaster.’”

Below – Odysseus and Argos.

Contemporary American Art – Michael Godard

In the words of one writer, “Michael grew up in Las Vegas where he has flourished as an artist creating incredible works of art. Godard’s more popular series ‘Don’t Drink and Draw’ features animated olives and martinis, the art a commentary of our times as well as realistic masterpieces. Although the themes vary, Michael Godard’s art changes the face of even the most traditional subjects, creating mood and mystery on canvas, that at times are painted so realistically you feel as though the subjects will reach out and touch you. Michael Godard finds a unique way of unfolding this delicate balance of texture, color, technique, realism, humor and imagination to evoke drama.”

Below – “Jump Right In”; “Perfect Zen”; “Historic route 66”; “Vegas Style”; “Rose Roulette”; “Paradise.”

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