Monthly Archives: March 2015

“The Bus” by Paul Kirchner

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“Shirt” by Robert Pinsky

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams, The nearly invisible stitches along the collar Turned in a sweatshop by Koreans or Malaysians  xxx Gossiping over tea and noodles on their break Or talking money or politics while one fitted … Continue reading

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Doris Salcedo

We saw an incredible exhibit today at the MCA in Chicago—Doris Salcedo, a sculptor from Bogota Colombia, whose work layers discarded, dismembered, and broken products and materials and recombines these objects signifying lost humanity. The once fully functional objects she … Continue reading

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The joy of this game

My dear friend Michael is turning 70. It’s hard to believe that all this time has passed. I think we were both in our early thirties when we first met. Over 10 years ago his partner Gregory was first diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Equinox sunset through the crotch of our silver maple

This is the spring equinox sunset as seen from our back porch through the crotch of our 125+ year old silver maple— our personal Stonehenge. We actually have been marking the apparent sunsets (actually earth turns) for the past year … Continue reading

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“Grace Paley” by John Skoyles

At Sarah Lawrence, a student gripes that each morning when she tries to write, nothing happens. She sits and sits, and files her nails. Sips more coffee, types a bit, gets up to spray her failing plants. “Grace,” she asks … Continue reading

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100 days to reach enlightenment!

  Today in Tai Chi class our teacher taught us “Swimming Dragon.” “You do this nine times a day for 100 days in a row and you will reach enlightenment,” she said. “If you do this exercise for nine times … Continue reading

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Seeds planted!

The heating pads unburied from the depths of the garage. Seeds purchased and seeds collected. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squashes, kale, arugula, and fava beans all planted. Let the spring begin!

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In the Table: Kare-sansui

JB arranged his version of a Kare-sansui in the table. It includes a paper sculpture he created. The word Kare-sansui 枯山水 literally means “dry landscape garden” and refers to what is more commonly labeled as the zen garden where features like … Continue reading

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Early morning watery abstracts

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