Monday, January 14, 2013
It felt a bit invasive to be taking pictures of a house because of the people who live in it. Strangely, I do not feel invasive when I take photographs of architectural details on anonymously owned buildings!
Coastal Maine is hilly. These town pictures look like a lot of the mid-coast towns we went through. The towns tended to span rivers, or be at the end of an inlet, which meant that they were at the low spot between ridges. I would be interested in knowing how deep the rivers actually are, because they are not especially wide.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I don't think there is anything much spookier than losing one's sense of that is real and what is true. People, organizations, and corporations that lie to us spook me, too.
Questions the soothsayers. Don't guess, verify.
I still think of Cheney as the most obvious, deliberate deceiver... who always said he was talling the "real" Truth. So I've juxtaposed his face with a skull, native American horned head-dress and the overly elaborate regalia of a televangelist. The symbol over his head is the one warning us to be on the look out for deceit and hypocrisy.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Now, I've known that's a good thing for 20 years! And for longer than that I've struggled with some of the same promises. Sometimes I try to make changes to please friends, family (living OR dead) and sometimes to please "society." But I can't believe how good it feels to do it for the sake of my own personal integrity.
Oh, and I got a bunch of criteria listed into my www.Pantora.com station that makes me travel in time and space to a place where the night is forever young and I am in constant flow. I would never forego the Beatles or even some classic Doors tunes, but who knew that when it comes to Jazz, I should have been listening to post-swing combos from the 40's to the present? And WHY don't they play this stuff on the radio? More later on the specifics... but in the meantime, thank you Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Lester Young, Art Tatum... and so many more.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I agree with Andrew Sullivan:
This was the president I supported and still support and will support because he alone is calling us away from the cynicism, the ideology, the rhetorical poison, and the red-blue divide that keep us from the reform we desperately need.
And I'm in complete agreement with his emphasis on the need for TRUST.
...we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of
dollars right now. We face a deficit of trust - deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the
government they deserve.
That's what I came to Washington to do. That's why - for the first time in history - my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And that's why we've excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or seats on federal boards and commissions.
Yes, we can.
Individually, we can encourage conversation without choosing sides. We can listen longer and interrupt less. We look for facts and determine our own opinions.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it.
It freezes you to death, and in this world, you've got to keep your feet warm.
Click on image to see higher resolution version at Flickr.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
This book was published in June of 2008, and somehow I completely missed it. I suppose it came out just before the national party conventions and may have been usurped by a halcyon Journaling Convention I attended in Denver.
PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.
Whether you are conservative or liberal, the "other side" could do this to YOUR side. The tactics for trying to establish a "third Reich" or PERMANENT Political Party in Washington are out there. If Rove hadn't mis-judged himself so often, he might have succeeded. If Bush hadn't been such a bungler at key moments, Rove might have succeeded.
GHW Bush doesn't come off squeaky clean either.
And if you live in Texas, like me, wait till you read about John Cornyn, and Rick Perry. Or Channel 8 in Dallas. And journalists who knew that Rove was stretching the truth or fabricating facts and because they couldn't prove the negatives that he put forth, felt it was appropriate to publish the stories anyway.
(Alone the lines of "John Doe says he has not been beating his wife." What great publicity for Mr. Doe, right?)
If you live in the wake of Katrina, my sympathies are with you. It was politics even more than "Brownie," or FEMA or poor planning that hit harder than the storm.
A pre-1999 primary article, called All Hat, No Cattle by Mr. Alexander in Rolling Stone is on-line HERE.
Keep questioning what you read. Read lots of opinions. Voice yours. Vote.
Here endeth the RANT.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I will survive....!!
My result for The Six Wives of Henry VIII Test...
Intelligent, Kind, Headstrong, Outspoken, Nurturing
"To Be Useful In All That I Do"
Katharine Parr was Henry's sixth, final, and surviving wife. She was highly intelligent, somewhat educated, stylish on a scale that exceeded any of Henry's previous wives, devout, and kind. She believed in the Reformation, making many enemies in the kings court- many of whom were still conservative catholics. So outspoken was Katharine Parr that her conservative opponents hatched a plan to have her arrested- but the person to serve the warant dropped it in sight of one of Katharine's loyal courtiers. They raced ahead to warn her, and Katharine avoided arrest by feigning illness. Henry was furious, and chastised her for being too outspoken, too proud, and far outplaying her station. Katharine appeased Henry by saying the only reason she argued with him was so that she could be corrected and instructed by him. It should be noted that although Henry broke with the Catholic church in order wed Anne Boleyn, and brought the Reformation to England, Henry remained a devout Catholic throughout his life. The religion that he created, he actually wanted no part of, and was just as likely kill a Protestant for the crime as heresy as he would a Catholic. Katharine was a devout Protestant on the verge of evangelical, a flaw that Henry indulged when he was feeling well, but that infuriated him when he was not. During one of Katharine's lectures, Henry was ill, and infuriated, and it is quite likely that it was Henry himself who ordered a false arrest warrant in order to frighten Katharine into minding her opinions, or quite possibly very much intended to have her arrested. In any case, Katharine had a very good understanding of the king's vanity, and by appealing to it, she saved her neck as well as her marriage- Henry would lavish her with presents and affection openly and often throughout the marriage.
The twice widowed Katharine had never been allowed to marry for love, and marrying the king was no different- she had caught his eye at court, and a king would have what a king would have.
Katharine did not love Henry, but she was always good and affectionate with him. Henry's age, weight, and illness took a toll on his virility, but he was able to consumate, and more often than not- Katharine ordered black satin nightdresses and spent most nights in the kings chamber. She nursed over his ulcerated leg, doted on him during his legendary migraines, and could be seen sitting on his lap during court. Henry had married twice for power, twice for lust, and now, twice for love- Katharine Parr was considered as beloved to him as Jane Seymour, if not more so- when gone to France, he left Katharine as regeant, or sole ruler in his absence. He had granted this distinct power to no other wife except Katharine of Aragon. He returned from France to find his kingdom well run, which probably made him love her all the more.
Katharine was also good hearted, and not at all under the delusion that she would bear the king's desired second male heir. Henry was in his 50s, obese, and in failing health. His relationships with his daughters, in particular Princess Mary, had been damaged terribly by his disasterous marriages to Katharine of Aragon, his first wife, and Anne Boleyn, his second. Jane Seymour, his third wife, had bore him a sole male heir, and had made mending the kings familial relations a priority, but she died 12 days after childbirth. Anne of Cleves, wife four, had been a good stepmother for the child Elizabeth, and maintained friendship with Mary, but had not attempted to reconcile Henry with his daughters. Catharine Howard, wife five, was far too involved in her own indescretions and was far too immature to mother any child, and had nothing to do wih either princess or the prince.
Katharine Parr, however, was a loving stepmother to both princesses, and after Henry's death, Elizabeth lived with her and husband Thomas Seymour- brother of third wife Jane Seymour- whom she had always been in love with. Indeed, Katharine and Thomas' love affair was interrupted by the King's want of her, and they had parted no less in love, but aware that Henry's wishes took precedent over their own. Thomas Seymour, however, was easily seduced by the power to be inherited through Katharine on the king's death, and his naked ambition cost Katharine her sovereignity. Katharine was not fussed- she had not asked to be queen, after all- but Thomas was furious. His brother was custodian of Prince Edward, a family feud that would come to a head during Edwards reing. Thomas was also the modern day equivalent of a child molester- he would enter Elizabeth's room while she was in bedclothes under the pretense of 'playing a game'. Things were fine when Katharine was present- but Seymour began entering without Katharine's presence, and doing more than playing little games with Elizabeth. He was charged with being 'too forward' with Elizabeth, and Katharine had no choice but to send her away- a heartbreak for her, as she thought of Elizabeth as her own daughter.
Henry VIII died in January of 1547, after four years of marriage. Katharine was finally free to marry for love, hence her hasty marriage to Thomas Seymour. Thrice widowed and childless, Jane became pregnant in November of 1547, but fell victim to the poor medical knowledge of the 16th century, and died 6 days after giving birth to a daughter. Besides being the only surviving and most lved wife of Henry, she left behind religious writings that are still considered some of the most profound and beautiful works of devotional literature..
Take The Six Wives of Henry VIII Test
Thanks to Wooly Mutts for linking to this!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Hitting the ground running.
I like it.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Artist, designer and philosopher Milton Glaser writes about what it means to draw. He's studied with masters, and been painting for over 50 years. I can't wait to turn here for additional inspiration. Read more about it on the Publisher's page.
From the Amazon description:
For more than fifty years Milton Glaser has designed much of
the world we experience every day. His posters, books, albums, restaurants,
advertisements, and so much more have made him the preeminent force in design in
America. Drawing upon an amazing vocabulary of images and techniques, Glaser has
now created his most personal book.
There was an exhibit of the drawings in the book.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Quilt Mania in Plano
Originally uploaded by Sultry
The first part of my Artist's Date today was visiting the Art Centre of Plano to see their portion of the QuiltMania Exhibition. Apparently just about every gallery that was willing and within 50 miles had quilts on display.
This one was made by a popular local newspaper feature editor, Vivian Castleberry. She used photographs of many well known women in the Dallas/Fort Wory area in the centers of the squares. The two that were most recognizeable to me were the first square in the second row, Ebby Halliday (Real Estate maven), and in the third square of the second row, Mary Kay Ash.
Click on the image to get to the photo stream with the rest of my photos and comments.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
This man is a favorite (perhaps even cult-status) painting teacher. And a virtuoso artist/painter. He's been painting for 40 years and is still more excited about learning that producing. I'm excited about learning, too, but am actuarially unlikely to have that much time.
Hope it helps.
Friday, October 24, 2008
from the Albany Times-Union
by Larry Beinhart
The Constitution, Article VI, Section 3, states "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution, said, "An alliance or coalition between Government and religion cannot be too carefully guarded against."
Here's Theodore Roosevelt: "If there is one thing for which we stand in this country, it is for complete religious freedom, and it is an emphatic negation of this right to cross- examine a man on his religion before being willing to support him for office."
Yet we have now instituted such tests. We line up the presidential candidates and cross-examine them about their faith. They respond with Sunday school sagas about how they met God and pander to us with stories about how prayer will help them lead. How did this come about?
In 1979, four conservative activists, Paul Weyrich, Terry Dolan, Richard Viguerie (all Catholics) and Howard Phillips (a Jew who'd become an evangelical Christian) were looking for wedge issues to break up the Democratic Party. Right-wing economics and foreign policies had no popular appeal. So they came up with abortion, opposition to gay rights and (thinly disguised) racism, concerns that could be found clustered among religious conservatives. They recruited a minister, Jerry Falwell, funded him with corporate money and started the Moral Majority.
It succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. The Religious Right became the base of the Republican Party, and the GOP gained control of federal government for the first time since the Great Depression.
Democrats were slow to respond. But politics is a business of learning what voters want to hear and then finding sincere ways to say it. Now, they've joined the choir. Meanwhile, sincerely religious liberals who hate the way faith became identified with right-wing politics were politicized in response.
Is faith a good guide to how someone will perform in office? George W. Bush, a born again Christian, claimed that God contacted him and said, "George," (they're on a first-name basis) "invade Afghanistan." So he did.
Although George failed to apprehend Osama bin Laden, God was apparently delighted, called back and said, "George, liberate Iraq."
Bush had a lot of support in all of this. Many people felt that he had been chosen by God to lead America in this moment of crisis and told him so. Here we are, a trillion dollars later, missions not accomplished, our armed forces too used up to respond to a new threat and our nation on the verge of bankruptcy.
If we accept it as true that God chose George and gave him specific instructions, and then look at the results, we have to form a very poor judgment of God, indeed, both as a human resources administrator and as a military strategist. Or, we might say that faith is not a good guide to competence in office.
I liked Jimmy Carter. Many did not. They felt that he was too goody-goody and too slow to resort to force -- the very qualities that came out of his version of born again Christianity. American presidents of little or no faith include Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln (though he could use biblical language to great effect), John Adams and George Washington. Yes, George Washington.
Washington did go to church, five or 10 times a year. But when people tried to box him into making a religious stand, he deftly evaded them. He gave moral advice to his adopted children, but, so far as we know, never urged religion on them.
He wrote: "Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated.
So if you are judging candidates by their religious stands, perhaps we should look to the model of the old George, the one who kept whatever faith he had to himself, and be more than a little worried about the candidate who more closely resembles our George. The one who gets bad guidance from God.