Archive for July, 2014

31
Jul
14

Recollecting the Past………….

It was a warm, slightly humid night this evening. We sat on the deck gazing East toward the mountains. The clouds were pushing upward and then spilling over into majestic shapes. In the distance, we heard thunder. My father-in-law shook his head, as he often does. It is a prelude to the common themes we share these days. The memory, in the present, falters now. The past memories, recited often, are clearer and bring to mind his struggles as a young man, husband, father, farmer in the Dakotas.

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He hasn’t farmed in over forty some years. The weather, destroyed crops, fading health and the clarity of the hard future ahead caused him to move the family and contents West to Oregon. Although he never farmed again, his upbringing and young adult life leave little doubt he somehow is still a farmer. He can describe in vivid detail the life, the hardships, the failures from fifty years ago. He can’t recall having given this same story ten minutes ago. No matter. It’s the way of things. You roll with it, staring up at the clouds, thankful the mosquitos are at bay tonight. 

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He looks tired tonight, disheveled. His pants have that faint coating of sawdust from the shop. The belts askew, the shirt partially untucked. His hands, the gnarled, strong hands have never stopped working. He points a crooked finger toward the clearing sky and remarks on the color of the clouds and the threat of something passing. He asks if he has ever told me about why he left the farm? No, I say, what happened? 

I am melancholy in listening. This is a fading life style, a tired man. I want to hear it over and over, while I can. My heart wrenches, I catch my breath and refocus on his words. Every single word.

31
Jul
14

Gonzo Rebellion…….

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.”

“If ever asked to look at yourself, don’t look.”

“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.”

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31
Jul
14

Randomness

“To dare every day to be irreverent and bold. To dare to preserve the randomness of mind which in children produces strange and wonderful new thoughts and forms. To continually scramble the familiar and bring the old into new juxtaposition.”  Gordon Webber

Maybe Gordon did this tile work?

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31
Jul
14

Art (In all its forms)

“I don’t want life to imitate art, I want life to be art.” Ernst Fischer

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Da Vinci

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30
Jul
14

Clarity in the end…………

“There is greater clarity in the still waters of sadness, something not found in the babbling brooks of more sought after emotions.” Shaun Hicks

We run from the darkness. Once immersed in the dark hole of depression, we crawl, walk, run to never grace that dark doorstep again. Dare we look back, once safely sane, healed and gather the lessons and share them in love of others? I think so. Love is more powerful in the end. Fragile though we be, there is strength in having endured that cold place of despair.

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30
Jul
14

Bursting with Passion…………

“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” ~Claude Monet

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30
Jul
14

Dawn’s Delight

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” Leonora Carrington

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30
Jul
14

Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

‘So lovely to see, to consider, to embrace. The dangers, the obvious outcomes. Ignored. Remnants of the pain remains, the sweet pain upon reflection.’   SwittersB

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29
Jul
14

Behind the Scenes………..

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29
Jul
14

Basking in the Glow

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I feel particularly satisfied with this image today. This Clematis was goners. Trampled and crushed beneath debris and seemingly torn beyond repair. One single strand of tattered vine remained and maybe only a few inches in length. Last Spring, I cleared the debris away, put up a small shelter to keep stuff away from the base of this plant and gave some nutrients and water. Eventually the smallest green shoot came from the tattered vine. Slowly, shyly, the plant reached out and up a trellis I had put in place..the trellis seeming to be an overstated invitation for bigger and better things to come. The Clematis has reached upward and embraced the trellis and yesterday, finally, the first bloom emerged. Yes, basking in the sunshine. First time in years.




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