Contemporary American Art – Christine Jasper
Below – “Still Life With Striped Fabric”; “My cat doesn’t like you.”
This Date in Spiritual History: Born 11 October 1926 – Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, writer, poet, and author of “The Miracle of Mindfulness”: Part I of II.
Some quotes from the work of Thich Nhat Hanh:
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
“Compassion is a verb.”
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
Contemporary Spanish Art – Raul Lara
Below – “Cessabit”; “Clypeus”; “Faces Serie 4”; “Lacus”; “cogitatione”; “Lotus”; “Fragili.”
“Drink Your Tea”
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis
on which the world earth revolves
– slowly, evenly, without
rushing toward the future;
Live the actual moment.
Only this moment is life.
Contemporary Chinese Art – April Yang
Below – “Up.”
Musings in Autumn: Sei Shonagon (Japanese, circa 966 – 1017 or 1025)
“Things That Arouse a Fond Memory of the Past
Dried hollyhock. The objects used during the Display of Dolls. To find a piece of deep violet or grape-colored material that has been pressed between the pages of a notebook.
It is a rainy day and one is feeling bored. To pass the time, one starts looking through some old papers. And then one comes across the letters of a man one used to love.
Last year’s paper fan. A night with a clear moon.”
Below – “Sei Shonagon,” an illustration from an issue pf “Hyakunin Isshu” (Edo period, 1603 – 1868).
Contemporary American Art – Ed Freeman
Below (photographs) – “El Morocco Motel, Bakersfield, CA”; “Plain House, Trona, CA”; “Antenna House – Calipatria, CA”; “Gem Theater, Pioche Nevada”; “Do You Believe, Tucumcari NM”; “Abandoned Steel Mill – Pueblo, Co.”
A Poem for Today
“The Softest Word”
by Andrew Jones
The softest word is ‘leaf ‘
in the air and
falls on the yellow ground
Note: Andrew Jones wrote this poem when he was in first grade.
Contemporary German Art – Walter Roos
Below – “Red hair, young woman”; “I look at you, but…”; “Pssst #2”; “What? Why?”; “The Letter”; “Ballerina Nr 10.”
A Poem for Today
“A Little Shiver”
by Barton Sutter
After the news, the forecaster crowed
With excitement about his bad tidings:
Eighteen inches of snow! Take cover!
A little shiver ran through the community.
Children abandoned their homework.
Who cared about the hypotenuse now?
The snowplow driver laid out his long johns.
The old couple, who’d barked at each other
At supper, smiled shyly, turned off the TV,
And climbed the stairs to their queen-size bed
Heaped high with blankets and quilts.
And the aging husky they failed to hear
Scratch the back door, turned around twice
In the yard, settled herself in the snow,
And covered her nose with her tail.