Paint Night

August 13, 2016

What you can do in a one-night paint class when a good instructor demonstrates how to do it step by step. Cheating? Maybe. I’m okay with it. In the spirit of historically prosaic titles for great works of fine art, I call it “Red Fox and Birches”.

Red Fox and Birches

“If you awaken from this illusion…”

August 8, 2016

“So in this idea, then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality,
the deep down basic whatever there is—and you are all that.
Only you’re pretending you’re not.”
~Alan Watts

America’s National Parks on NatGeo

July 30, 2016

While I love nature shows, there are unfortunately a lot of poorly made ones (sometimes melodramatically narrated, or artificially sensational, or just downright boring).

This is not one of them. This series highlights just how wild certain spaces in these parks still are. Highly recommend for nature lovers.

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Sing Sing

May 15, 2016

“Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.”

~Benjamin Disraeli

RIP Prince

April 21, 2016

“And if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy. Punch a higher floor.”

Famous Historical Views of the Kid, On His Birthday

April 15, 2016

(Sent this to the Kid for his birthday, and liked it so much I’ve decided to post it here….)

“The Kid himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more Kidlike in the lapse of all the ages.” ~Thoreau

“What lies behind the Kid and what lies before the Kid are small matters compared to what lies within the Kid.” ~Emerson

“When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as the Kid.” ~Job

“The Kid is not an independently existing, unanalyzable entity. The Kid is, in essence, a set of relationships that reach outward to other things.” ~Henry Stapp

“The Kid doesn’t have to be what you want him to be. He’s free to be what he wants.” ~Muhammad Ali

“The Kid goes to 11.” ~Nigel Tufnel

Miss that plane

March 31, 2016

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Describing the sublime

January 17, 2016

I highly recommend this article (“Odd Emotions“) in Psychology Today by Rebecca Webber, especially if you (1) are someone who feels a broad range of complex emotions and (2) have been raised in a world that only acknowledges (let alone condones) a handful of them.

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“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

December 6, 2015

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And if thou gaze long into a blank canvas…

November 8, 2015

“If one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes.  To be good – many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm – and that’s a lie….  That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity.  Just slap something on it when you see a blank canvas staring at you with a sort of imbecility.

You don’t know how paralyzing it is, that stare from a blank canvas that says to the painter you can’t do anything.  The canvas has an idiotic stare, and mesmerizes some painters so that they turn into idiots themselves.

Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares – and who has once broken the spell of “you can’t.”

Life itself likewise always turns towards one an infinitely meaningless, discouraging, dispiriting blank side on which there is nothing, any more than on a blank canvas.

But however meaningless and vain, however dead life appears, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, and who knows something, doesn’t let himself be fobbed off like that.  He steps in and does something, and hangs on to that…”

~Vincent van Gogh


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