Art is just another word for hope

Last night while watching the stars, I had a moment of insight that’s sticking with me, today. It might not seem profound to most people, but it rang like a bell in my brain: It’s all an elaborate game that we’re watching play out in front of us. From the crazy-making politics of our current administration to the manipulation of truth, we are under assault in an endless game of political dodge-ball — over which we have only influence, at best. And since dodge-ball has been known to leave bruises, a tough hide is required. Calling for a time-out does not…

No reasoning with the unreasonable

It has been a wrenching couple of weeks. The ongoing drama of Right vs Left is only a part of the angst, but not the biggest part … no sirree. Lately, it’s felt uncomfortably close to ‘another day, another crisis’, with many hearts broken along the way. Contemplating the level of heartache across the country, and interacting with friends about it on social media, leaves me feeling numb and creatively paralyzed, but thankfully, not alone. Many words have already been written and spoken — by people far more articulate than I — about the injustice of lives broken by tragedy, I will simply share these thoughts…

Are you “sensitive?”

If so, you know too well how rough it can be to get through a week of challenging, and sometimes horrifying, news.  Reasons for being a high-stress personality are myriad, starting in the womb. Was Mom stressed? Then she passed those nasty stress hormones on to you. Generations of trauma* flow through our collective DNA. It manifests in a variety of personality traits, from irritability, abusive behavior, and paranoia, to addiction and depression. My departed mom is a good example. I believe that she did the best she could, but she had neither a good start nor a good education, and married a…

The Starving Artist — A Short History

The stereotype of ‘the starving artist’ has been around for a long time.  So long, in fact, that it’s reached the level of archetype. ‘The starving artist’ stereotype had its origin in 17th-Century Flanders, when artists literally were starving. It worked its way through the centuries into the Romantic period of the 19th-Century, where it became entrenched as a cultural norm. Finally, the concept migrated to New York City and took up residence within the Abstract Expressionism movement of the 1950’s, where it was celebrated by the Beat poets. Ironically, it has been adopted by many contemporary artists and often goes hand-in-hand with the life of a…

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