Living Between the Lines
Alberta Falls Trail, 2021 “Through wood and dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from afar Ancestral voices prophesying war! His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honeydew hathContinue reading “Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~ S. M. Hart”
The Seine at Bougival 1869 (Reproduction) “And I have felt A presence that disturbs me with joy Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something far more deeply interfused, Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns.” LInes Composed a few Miles above Tintern Abbey Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, JulyContinue reading “Claude Monet ~ William Wordsworth”
Alfred North Whitehead wrote: “A writer really writes for an audience of about ten persons. Of course, if others like it, that is clear gain. But if those ten are satisfied, he is content.” I have my group of ten people who like what I write. That’s good. However, I wrote How to Crochet DuringContinue reading “Writing ~ The Audience”
Voting Rubric “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” John Adams I created this rubric several years ago based on the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States and the Ten Commandments of the Bible. I choose the candidate that, based on their education, experience, and expertise, is most ableContinue reading “Voting Rubric”
“I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways to keep readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away – even if it’s only a glass of water.” Kurt Vonnegut “This is the secret of good story telling:Continue reading “Writing ~ Advice I Actually Use”
“Blue Teapot” ~ March 2019 Acrylic Painting Class ~ First Lesson The instructor gave us a copy of this painting and said this is what we were going to paint today. ME (to myself): Wait, what? Aren’t we going to start with something simple, like stick figures? I can do stick figures. Me and stickContinue reading “Teapot in a Tempest”
I painted this for my brother as a birthday gift. Even though my nephew, Michael, is the model, it could just as well be my brother – they are so much alike in appearance and temperament. They are both avid hunters and fishermen. Both are really nice guys. Both love their dogs. Both play theContinue reading “Painting of My Nephew”
This painting was going to feature a pine tree. However, after sitting with it for a while, I saw that it needed a butterfly. The butterfly was okay with hanging around Cambria; it subscribed to the Oscar Wilde theory: “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
I am not sure if I am done. I’m just going to sit with it for a while and see. Painting all those leaves reminded me of G. K. Chesterton. “We might, no doubt, find it a nuisance to count all the blades of grass or all the leaves of the trees; but this wouldContinue reading “Painting of Colorado in Autumn”
(Note to self: I am really glad I learned how to crochet because the Apocalypse is not over.) As I stated in my last post, I have a Dear Old Friend – DOF – who has lost his stories, so I am telling stories for him. The last story I told was not posted inContinue reading “Functions ~ Dunderbeck’s Machine”
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