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…

Excuse me, Mr Prezident …

Words. A torrent of words continue to be written and spoken and shouted about the cataclysm in Puerto Rico brought on by Hurricane Maria. My near-obsession with this on-going tragedy has left me at a loss for words, nearly. I could rant. I could name-call. I could point out the raging hypocrisy of the Divider-In-Chief, but what good will that do? Friends and allies will agree with me. Die-hard defenders of this pitiful excuse for a president will not. Where does that leave us, besides frustrated and angry, and at a stalemate, while desperate people are dying? These words from…

Regarding Wisdom, Karma, and Hillary Clinton

With natural disasters following one after the other recently, I’ve heard people suggest that “Mother Earth is angry.” Rather than angry, perhaps she’s simply righting the ship. Mother Earth / Mother Nature / Pacha Mama is dispassionate in her passion. She does what she does in response to internal and external pressures. Whether it’s a volcano erupting thousands of feet into the air, tectonic plates shifting in opposing directions, or a reaction to human-caused climate change, her response is not personal. The self-regulating system of Earth is not bound to ego as we are. Ancient and wise on an elemental level…

Vincent: That Strange Wild Man

Rather than being insane, as the legend claims, evidence suggests that Vincent van Gogh suffered from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which caused his erratic behavior. He longed for human companionship, but was feared, ridiculed and isolated from his community. Add to that the mysterious story that he did not commit suicide as most believe, but was shot by one of two young men who delighted in tormenting him. If the evidence leading to that conclusion is correct, his life story is no less tragic for it. The saving grace, if one can call it that, was that he apparently welcomed death as a…

Under the influence

This administration has left many of us in a state of perpetual hangover. With the glut of scandals and threats and lies that confront us on a daily basis, keeping up has become an unpaid internship with no end-date. Anyone who follows this somewhat lapsed series has probably figured out that my favorite theme is about facing life with as much positivity as possible. And, if you’re at all like me, maintaining perspective is daunting when assaults to our sense of decency are non-stop. I seem to be toughening up, however. I’m becoming more realistic, with an added touch of cynicism just to keep things…

The Sizzling Satire of Saint Hoax

Discovering a new artist is always a good thing. Discovering one who uses satire with such unabashed freedom and precision is rare. As often happens, I caught a sampling of Saint Hoax’s work thanks to a friend who posted a link to the video: Making America Misogynist Again (posted below). After viewing that eye-opener, I decided that looking a bit further was in order and found his website: Saint Hoax. Saint Hoax has two distinct flavors in his cut-to-the-quick satire. The first is the almost supernatural realism in his paintings of the super rich: Kim Kardashian, the Clinton’s, Queen Elizabeth, and other iconic figures. Not afraid to mix cultural…

Too important to miss…

Please take a moment to read and reflect on the importance of our southern borderlands. Krista Schlyer’s photography is spectacular. The story is stunning in its implications regarding the environmental and social impact of building a massive border wall along our southern border with Mexico. Embattled Borderlands Will the border wall strike a fatal blow to one of the most imperiled wild regions in North America? Essay and photos by Krista Schlyer.   Shared, with permission ©KristaSchlyer.com   I’ve had the pleasure of virtually meeting Krista, today. Wishing you all the best. Lora