Beleaguered in Bothell – 20 February 2018

Musings in Winter: Albert Camus

“As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.”

Art for Winter – Part I of III: Arthur Secunda (Mexican, contemporary)

Below – “Etna Volcano”; “Ibis”; “Lipizzaner Stallion”


Worth a Thousand Words: Stoborough Heath National Nature Preserve, Dorset, England. This photograph taken by Mark Bauer won a National Award.

Art for Winter – Part II of III: John Seerey-Lester (British, contemporary)

Below – “Mountain Pass on Horseback”; “Dark Encounter”; “Alpine Glow Arctic Wolf”


Remembering a Great Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 20 February 2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, an American journalist, writer, and author of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

Some quotes from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”:

“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”
“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”
“1) Never trust a cop in a raincoat.
2) Beware of enthusiasm and of love, both are temporary and quick to sway.
3) If asked if you care about the world’s problems, look deep into the eyes of he who asks, he will never ask you again.
4) Never give your real name.
5) If ever asked to look at yourself, don’t look.
6) Never do anything the person standing in front of you can’t understand.
7) Never create anything, it will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.”
“No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted.”
“Old elephants limp off to the hills to die; old Americans go out to the highway and drive themselves to death with huge cars.”
“But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country-but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of that.”
“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda.… You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.…
And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting—on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.…
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”


Art for Winter – Part III of III: Adolf Sehring (Russian, 1930-2015)

Below – “Girl in Field”; “Vanity” (bronze); “Rhino”

A Poem for Today

“When I Met My Muse”
By William Stafford

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off–they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

Below – Gabriel de Cool: “The Muse”

This Date in Art History: Died 20 February 1871 – Paul Kane, who was, in the words of one writer, “an Irish-Canadian painter famous for his paintings of First Nations peoples in the Canadian West and other Native Americans in the Columbia District.”

Below – “Plains Cree Warrior”; “Mount St. Helens erupting at night” (1847); “Indian Encampment on Lake Huron”; “Assiniboine Hunting Buffalo”; “The Surveyor: Portrait of Captain John Henry Leroy”; “River Scene.”


Musings in Winter: Annie Dillard

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?”

This Date in Art History: Born 20 February 1902 – Ansel Adams, an American photographer and environmentalist.

Below – “Close-Up of Leaves in Glacier National Park”; “The Tetons and the Snake River”; “Baton Practice at the Manzanar War Relocation Center”; “Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome”; “Aspens, Northern New Mexico”; “Cathedral Peak and Lake, Yosemite.”

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