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Small Wonders

Mockingbirds-Painting by Je’ 11 X 14, gouache We often take small wonders for granted, just because they are so small and common. One small, common wonder around here is the mockingbird. I was sitting on a bench at sunrise recently, when a mockingbird landed nearby and began his routine, issuing perfect bird calls of every … Continue reading

Left vs. Right: Right ain’t right and there’s no Left left

Certain power-lusters have succeeded in dividing a whole nation into ‘left’ and “right.’ This is the old divide-and-conquer tactic and I guess we are a bit thick, because we keep falling for it. If you want power, keep the ruled fighting with each other, keep the emotions roiling, keep them blaming each other so they … Continue reading

Destroying Statues and Loot Thy Neighbor Chimp Wars

Destroying Statues and Loot Thy Neighbor Chimp Wars We erect monuments to the men (almost always men) who have, according to the ruling powers, advanced their cause. Their cause has not always been honorable, it has, more likely, been selfish and they twist the story to fit their agenda. This is the ‘history’ we are … Continue reading

Gus Goes Fishing and the Golden Age of America

Everyone seems to think that the best era ever was when they were growing up. Supposedly I grew up in the Golden Age of America, but who knew? I’m sure people didn’t emerge from their huts in the Ice Age and think, “Whoa, it’s freezing, this must be the Ice Age!” Surely a big part … Continue reading

Death by Cop-A Personal Story

I’m getting sick of folks denying, minimizing and rationalizing death by cop. “He pointed a taser at police, what were they supposed to do?” “He was shoplifting and ran. What were they supposed to do?” “One little incident and now outside agitators are making fake riots.” Let me tell you about a recent personal incident. … Continue reading

Are Bonfires Bad for Your Health?

  I smoke a pipe now and then, which in some circles, makes me a bad person. We’ve gotten a little unbalanced on this subject, since obesity and prescription drugs also kill people and we don’t talk much about that. Of course, as one should not impose their bad habits on others, I smoke outside. … Continue reading

A Portrait of Toby

Just finished this goauche portrait of Toby. Toby was my friend Sinka’s Yorkie who died this year. I did one when he was old, blind and just had a haircut. But Sinka asked if I could put his hair back on, since he was usually fluffy. Fellow artists know-you don’t want to try to put … Continue reading

That’s it! I’m going to quit procrastinating. Tomorrow

We probably all procrastinate when we have some unpleasant task to perform: Clean out the garage, finish the term paper, or in my case, organize my art supplies. Even now, when I say my supplies ARE organized, I see bottles of paint on the kitchen table and a magnifying glass on a bendy arm bolted … Continue reading