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    

Looking for the up-side

With so much happening, and at such a rapid-fire pace, it’s nearly impossible for the average person to keep up. Even members of the media are struggling with this endless torrent of weird, outrageous, and often insane behavior generated by this current administration. Every day is a new shock to the system. I do not exaggerate. Updates are out of date nearly as soon as they’re covered and posted, with readers scrambling to keep up with each new eruption. Gaslighting — a conscious attempt to confuse and distract — is a daily occurrence. “Look here, not there” is a ploy…

Shock Event

   Heather Richardson, professor of History at Boston College: I don’t like to talk about politics on Facebook — political history is my job, after all, and you are my friends — but there is an important non-partisan point to make today. What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries — is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by…

Thank you, Governor Kate

  Governor Kate Brown: President Trump’s recent Executive Orders that divide and discriminate do not reflect the values enshrined in the U.S. Constitution or the principles we stand for as Oregonians. In Oregon, where thousands have fought for and demanded equality, we can not and will not retreat. As Governor, I will uphold the civil and human rights of all who call Oregon home. My staff is studying the recent Executive Orders to determine what effects they may have on Oregonians, and I will explore options to keep Oregon a safe place for everyone. I am also in contact with…