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I Got the Cone of Uncertainty Blues

I live in Florida, where news shows used to jack up their ratings by calling the projected path of a hurricane The Cone of Death. The Cone of Death is approaching Tampa! Pretty dramatic, aye? Trouble is, hurricanes do what they want and having sent the whole city of Tampa shrieking up I-75, the hurricane … Continue reading

Adults Who Want Their Crayons Back

I agree with Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” So I teach a class for Adults Who Want Their Crayons Back and it’s always both fun and exhausting. I started out teaching basics: form, perspective, color theory and all that-figured we’d work our way … Continue reading

Artists, Poets, Writers, Musicians…this one’s for you

I write a separate blog, Truth Scooper, that is much more political than this one. I know most people just want to stay alive and are too busy doing so to change the world. But today’s Truth Scooper post is about the power of imagination in geopolitics, so artists, poets and writers and musicians might … Continue reading

I Want My Crayons Back

When Queen Elizabeth asked her economists why none of them saw the crash of 2008 coming, they were taken aback and didn’t answer for a few days. Then they said that they had had a “failure of imagination.” You would think, then, that economics majors would be required to take some art classes so they … Continue reading

Faces in the Fence: The Board Members

Please tell me you do this sometimes! My neighbor wisely built a fence which stares at me whenever I sit on my front steps. I stare right back. At first I tried to ignore the faces in the fence, you know what I mean-those patterns in wood grain that look like things. I gave up … Continue reading

Take a Break…

We live in an unnaturally stressful world. We hear news of disasters from all over the planet, something our distant ancestors never had to contend with. They only had local and infrequent disasters to contend with-and even then they could work off their stress by dealing physically with the disaster at hand, as Dr. Robert … Continue reading

Dear Follower: Take a Break

I think of you dear follower, whenever I start to post on here. I know that the world is stressful, stuff happens and many people are doing all they can…and then the car starts making a funny noise and you feel like you’re coming down with a cold. So today I’m posting beautiful pictures. Go … Continue reading

Escape from the Imaginary Gulag

Aren’t our imaginations wonderful things? To travel through space and time in our own imagination, to see the beauty in a raindrop clinging to a leaf in early spring, to feel the cold mist on our face kicked up by a deep forest waterfall-just by looking at a picture. But our imagination is a double-edged … Continue reading

On Creativity-Long ago, someone took your crayons. Get them back.

I have never really grown up, which makes me, apparently, an awesome grandma. Today I got prints of this painting I made of my grandsons, Gus and Carlo. Why did I make a painting of my grandsons flying on a dragonfly wearing their favorite boots? As Dr. Seuss once said in a different context, “I … Continue reading

How Insisting You Are Right Can Kill You

All humans are believers; we all take important parts, if not all, of our worldview on faith. “Not me, I’m rational, I demand evidence for what I believe,” says the Enlightenment Man. But the Enlightenment Man is no exception. He gets his ideas from authorities; historians, scientists or other human beings, such as teachers or … Continue reading