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New Features, Articles & Columns


Natural Inclusivity

A new understanding of the evolutionary kinship of all life on Earth.

Alan Rayner


Story Page

A new graphic novel

Berry’s Story, now with 12 of 24 frames

MM Kizi


Vermont Diary

Featuring the numbers 7, 40, 911, 12, respectively


Write On!

Faery Stories 6,000 years old


World & US Energy News

Just one day’s news

in early February

George Harvey


Vermont Diary

Paint, peeling; plus more news of White Men


Monkey’s Cloak

Momentarily

Charles Monette


O Citoyen!

Meet the Selectboard candidates

Robert Oeser


Love In Action

HOME

Elizabeth Hill


Urban Naturalist

Season of the Fox [part 3 of 3]

Lloyd Graf


in between

“There comes a moment in life when the dead outnumber the living.”

Julia Ferarri


CURIOUS TOPICS

No screaming — we are the police!


Open Mind

“Who would Dr. King support in 2016?”

Offie Wortham


Wondering Tales

A complete 100 frame graphic novel

MM Kizi


Monkey’s Cloak

Entering a moonlit forest

Charles Monette


Chess

Saudi’s, Satan and so on


Vermont Diary

The British Aren’t Coming


World & US Energy News

Just one days news in the life of the planet

George Harvey


CURIOUS TOPICS

We shouldn’t laugh


Selected Letters

Robert Oeser with Fire Chief Mike Bucossi


Weekly Feature

On brain damage, making movies...

In conversation with Chris Pratt


Archetypal Hippie Speaks

Attempts at Transport

Jeri Rose


Monkey’s Cloak

What Do We Want?

Jeri Rose


O Citoyen!

Community survey on future fire and police buildings

Robert Oeser


Vermont Diary

Weeding out the truth about “It”


Monkey’s Cloak

Awoke in the starless hour

Charles Monette


CURIOUS TOPICS

All washed up — Global trash


Monkey’s Cloak

Okay, we’ve looked there

Charles Monette


Love In Action

Reflections on Grandpa Ross Turning The House

Elizabeth Hill


Vermont Diary

A strange accounting


Archetypal Hippie Speaks

Inklings of Immortality

Jeri Rose


Curious Topics

Raining Cats and Dogs

& Jack the Psycho Rabbit


Story Page

Sarah’s Bow

a slide show graphic story

MM Kizi


Monkey’s Cloak

Broken Promise

Alan Rayner


Vermont Diary

Come to think of it


100 Years Ago

November & December

From nude cinema to Einstein, to sinking of hospital ships in WWI


Vermont Diary

Notes from underground


An A-musing Life

The Hebrew Month of Kislev and Chanukah

Nanci Bern


Old Lady Blog

Omyra Sanchez

Toni Ortner


REAL FOOD !

Secret History of the Pasty


Monkey’s Cloak

Looking back dark

Charles Monette


Love In Action

Dear England, Please Send Me A Redheaded Boy

Elizabeth Hill


Write On!

Castle Freeman, Jr. 

The Devil in the Valley.

A review by Laura C. Stevenson


Studio 4

Now Showing

December Works at

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts


Vermont Diary

Hunger’s Ground-Zero

in Our Town


Monkey’s Cloak

The Back-up Bird

Charles Monette


Guest Article

The Angels of Reinca

A Compleat Graphic Novel Story

M.M. Kizi


Monkey’s Cloak

Snake

D. H. Lawrence


Chess

Madonna vs. Julia Roberts

and other matches


Post Oil Solutions

Climate Change Café Hosts Carbon Pollution Tax Presentation

Tim Stevenson


ART & SOUL

See article on this page

TIME AND THE RITUAL ACT OF ART


Old Lady Blog

From DH

Toni Ortner


Vermont Diary

On Aggression


Write On!

Singing with Bobby Fischer

Patti Smith


Monkey’s Cloak

CARACOL OF SOULS

Terry Hauptman


World & US Energy News

Just one days news

in mid-November

George Harvey


Urban Naturalist

Introducing...

Lloyd Graf


Selected Letters

Qi Gong on Black Mountain

Ken Masters


Old Lady Blog

Strike out

Toni Ortner


If You Lived Here

Gallery at The Garden

Two new exhibits in November


Love in Action

“All is Very, Very Well.” ~Eileen Caddy

Elizabeth Hill


StudioTWO

Featuring Cai Xi

November Paintings at Vermont Artisan Designs


Monkey’s Cloak

Five Haiku

Andrea Wallens Powell


An A-musing Life

Draped in Time

Nanci Bern


Open Mind

The New Israel

Offie Wortham


If You Lived Here

Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market


O Citoyen!

Restorative Justice

Robert Oeser


Monthly Feature

Picasso sculpture at MoMA

Marnie Innes


Love In Action

Boy With Many Hats

Elizabeth Hill


APPRECIATING ART

In the eye of beholder

Terri Kneipp


OVERHEARD

Have no truck with


An A-musing Life

A Penne for your thoughts

Nanci Bern


Vermont Diary

Something wonderful just happened


Archetypal Hippie Speaks

The Incense of magic

Jeri Rose


100 Years Ago

Edith Louisa Cavell

Pioneering nurse executed October 1915


Weekly Feature

In conversation with Kathy Leo


Chess

Review of The Immortal Game: A history of chess

Lawrence Klepp


Articulate

What part art?

Kate Anderson


in between

Developing trust

Julia Ferarri


REAL FOOD !

Tomatoes galore

Phil Innes


APPRECIATING ART

In the eye of beholder

Terri Kneipp


Love In Action

The Language of Form

Elizabeth Hill


Studio3

Strolling with Bernie

Photographic Essay


Consolation of History

A hundred things to hide

Martha M Moravec


The Great Adventure

What will your daughters see?

Terri Kneipp


StudioOne

The Plains Indians, America’s Early Artists, at the Met

Marnie Innes






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In Passing

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A major essay ay Alan Rayner in his column Natural Inclusivity is titled “A new understanding of the evolutionary kinship of all life on Earth.”



Abstract:    Our human understanding of the origin and diversity of life on Earth has been dogged by an abstract way of thinking that is inconsistent with the occurrence of natural evolutionary processes as cumulative transformational flows. Not only has this resulted in profoundly paradoxical and tautological explanations of biological diversity, but it has also encouraged socially, psychologically and environmentally damaging misrepresentation of individual and group identities in both human and non-human populations and communities. Such misrepresentation is epitomized by the notion of the ‘Selfish Gene’ as a controlling agency, which dictates the form and behavior of living systems in order to ensure its own survival in competition with its natural neighborhood. It can be traced to a false dichotomy between material and immaterial presence, which goes back to ancient times, and may originate in the fear-based quest to isolate humanity from the vicissitudes of Nature in order to objectify and gain sovereignty over it. Read on>




A new story is appearing by MM Kizi on Story Page  Berry’s Story




Here are the first dozen of 24 frames in the graphic novel in slide show format. Just click through or view.



A couple of hours out there on a Monday morning prompted the title “Featuring the numbers 7, 40, 911, 12, respectively” in Vermont Diary.




A little No’theasta is coming in but this was all before the snow.



Fairy Stories can be very old and before the age of literacy reports Write On! As old as 6,000 years preceding all written records according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.




Dr Tehrani said Jack And The Beanstalk was rooted in a group of stories classified as The Boy Who Stole Ogre's Treasure, and could be traced back to when Eastern and Western Indo-European languages split more than 5,000 years ago. Read on >



Just one day in the Energy life of the Planet is the topic of World & US Energy News written by  George harvey. There are some 20 entries, and here is one of them:




¶ Renewable energy developer SunEdison has commissioned 146 MW of Solar PV plants in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Energy from the solar power plants will be sold via 25-year power purchase agreements to local distribution companies and private corporations. [PV-Tech]



It’s been a quiet week in Brattleboro and peeling paint is the subject of Vermont Diary, and the local newspapers, and why Garrison Keeler is okay, for a white man.




I wonder why there is not a more sustained exploration of non-white non-Norwegian farmer culture on National Radio? I emphasize ‘national.’  There is nothing wrong with Norwegian farmers that I know of, except if that’s the only thing reported and all people are indeed interested in Norwegian farmers, you’d think this would go over well wouldn’t you, considering our sustained and mutual interest in Norwegian bachelor farmers, and except considering I just addressed more than half the nation who are not represented on ‘national’ radio, like presumably white folks who really dig this stuff. Read on>



Monkey’s Cloak has a poem by Charles Monette ‘Momentarily’




solemn rituals bowed heads over

succumbing to pretense, to satire

dangling offers were dutifully pulled back

others sublimely ceased their yearning… though

always tempted to reach for the next greatest

...


Robert Oeser reports in O Citoyen! on the agenda for the next Citizen’s Breakfast to be held  Friday, February 12,  2016 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.




Brattleboro Selectboard candidates will  give brief presentations and be available for questions. Kate O’Connor is running unopposed for a three year term. Richard DeGray, David Gartenstein and Avery Schwenk are running for 2 one year terms.



Last month Elizabeth Hill in her column Love In Action wrote of her grandfather in an article titled “Reflections on Grandpa Ross Turning The House” and continues her February column with an article titled “Home

where, as I understand it, she reports on the Infamous International Smuggler, her mother.




“I was the youngest, so Mom told me that when we were getting close to the border, I would need to lay my head on her lap and pretend that I was asleep. She also told Don to act like he was sleeping, leaning his head on the doorframe to his right.


I was aware that what Mom was doing was against the law. The closer we got to the border, the more terrified I became that we would all be arrested. I remember that my heart was racing like mad, my face was hot and flushed, and my hands were cold and clammy. Mom kept telling me to calm down! She then gently brought my head down onto her lap, saying, “Now, act like you’re asleep!”


These are extracts, real the full article here.



Extracts from the column Urban Naturalist by Lloyd Graf, Season of the Fox [part 3 of 3] Image; postage stamp from Cyprus featuring a native Cyprian fox




This encounter proved to be anything but a “one-off”, as the fox made appearances in the cemetery on 2 of 4 subsequent dusk visits during the ensuing two weeks.  In both visits my then 10 year old daughter was with me, while Jeter was along on one of them.   The visit with Jeter in tow was strikingly similar to the one described above.  It lasted at least 10 minutes, included another grave-hopping display, and ended with another vulpine escort up the exit ramp.  (Only the introductory shriek-greeting was missing; I have still heard this vocalization only at the start of the July 4 encounter).   In the final encounter without Jeter, the fox appeared only briefly, then dodged off into the west hillside's underbrush.  This mere cameo added support for the thought that dogs (or at  least Jeter) were key motivators for sustained encounters). Read on



Julia Ferarri’s column in between features an article titled “There comes a moment in life when the dead outnumber the living.”




plus a poem “All the Doors of This Life Stand Open” Read on>



A consideration of Bernie Sanders, in the light of Dr. Martin Luther King’s heritage is the topic Offie Wortham examines in his column OPEN MIND, in an article “Who would Dr. King support in 2016?”




Many of the presidential candidates, Republican and Democrat, tell their followers that if Dr. King were alive today he would be supporting them. However, it is more likely that he would be supporting only one person whose position on issues was more akin to his own. It would now not only be about civil rights for minorities, but economic rights for all Americans. This assumes that King would’ve stayed on the same trajectory he was following in 1968, as far as his activities and passions.


At the time of his death, Dr. King was planning another march for the poor. It was to be a march not just of African-Americans, but of Latinos, Native Americans, and whites, of all people in the country to march on Washington to demand fundamental changes in our national priorities. MLK would almost certainly still be considered a “race hustler” by today's right wing.  Read on>



MM KIZI’s column Wondering Tales is now a complete and original 100 frame graphic novel. I won’t spoil the ending for you...



Here is frame 90 and there are still a few surprises in store.

See more of this column



The Weekly Feature is an interview with Chris Pratt about film making and brain injury, and much else. This is a long interview, and here is a segment of it:




Phil: All that is a self or sense of self, but remorselessly surface oriented self which is engaged non stop, more a kind of interface with others. But underneath is something which is not time-oriented and about doing, but an alert though quiet sense of being. It’s therefore interesting for me to ask others if they have ever willingly done it in their entire lives — anything similar to 3 days deliberately not-doing stuff. It is not a life-style, you can’t buy the experience, and it takes time to stop time, stop the world.


Chris: I think it is pretty amazing that you did that. I think that what you did is similar to people who experience something similar, not by choice, by having a trauma, or suddenly the world is shut off because you are put in total survival mode and can’t react to all the stimuli around you all the time, since you are just trying to stay alive. Read on>



Attempt at Transport” is an auto-biographical essay by Jeri Rose in her column Archetypal Hippie Speaks which comes around to an appreciation of Bernie Sanders as a man who




“walks the line in a unique way. He respects his colleagues. I think that his ability to find the good ground in his opponents will be a mainstay for a change that this country craves. Refusing to allow greed to have sway and supporting the people requires a brake on the progress and we avoid the bullet of death that we face if we allow the corporate way to continue to have us in its sights. He is from the generation that wanted to make a break from the past. Are we finally ready to live from the peace and love generation…without being naïve when we face the greedy, the racist, the evil that would destroy the premise of a society that presumes us innocent and equal and worthy of pursuing happiness, life and freedom?” Read more>

[Photo, tritone image, © Phil Innes, Vermont Views Magazine]


 

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It's so bizarre, I'm not scared of snakes or spiders. But I'm scared of butterflies. There is something eerie about them. Something weird!


I would describe myself as emotional and highly strung. If something upsets me, it really upsets me. If something makes me angry, I get really angry. But it's all very upfront. I can't hide it. I'm also loyal and I hope I'm fun.


I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said 'Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is.'


When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.


I always wanted to get married with just candles! I think candlelight is the most beautiful light there is and there's something very spiritual about it.


They've said I'm gay, they've said everyone is gay. I personally don't believe in doing huge lawsuits about that stuff. Tom does. That's what he wants to do, that's what he's going to do. You do not tell Tom what to do. He is a force to be reckoned with.


My life collapsed. People ran from me because suddenly it was 'Oh my God! It's over for her now!'


I'm a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister. I'm a real person operating in the world. For me to discuss the most private thing feels wrong. It feels like I'm betraying myself and my children.


Since I have fair skin, I have to stay out of the sun. I can't stand the sun. I dyed my hair red for a while during the 1990s but I'm actually a natural blonde.


I have a boy's body. I would prefer to have more curves because I think that's more beautiful. I would much rather have J. Lo's body than mine.



To This Degree

An image a day every day of the year


Aquarius 11

The Image: During a silent hour a man receives a new inspiration which may change his life

Keynote: The need to rely upon inner inspiration and guidance at the start of new developments

OVER SHADOWING


Aquarius 12

The Image: On a vast staircase stand people of different types, graduating upward

Keynote: The need to recognize different levels of development wherever human beings live and work together

THE NATURAL DEVELOPMENT OF STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS


Aquarius 13

The Image: A barometer [illus]

Keynote: The ability to discover basic natural facts that allow us to plan in advance for action
ANTICIPATION




Aquarius 14

The Image: A train entering a tunnel

Keynote: The ability to short-cut the process of natural evolution by the exercise of will, mental skill and physical self-discipline

PENETRATION


Aquarius 15

The Image: Two lovebirds sitting on a fence singing happily

Keynote: The blessings bestowed upon personal achievements by the spiritually fulfilled consciousness of the Soul

BEATITUDE


Image groups comprise a 5-fold sequence

(1° to 15° Aquarius in Scene 21 ‘Contribution’

in Act 4 of 4, Capitalization)



Art & Soul

Notes on Creating by Audrey Flack


Discussing the 1985 Whitney Biennial

  




The abdication of responsibility by museums is unfortunate but nevertheless symptomatic of our society’s maturation and the ossification of its institutions, which now exist without any knowledge of the original ideas that propelled them into being.


—From a conversation with Harry Rand,

curator of contemporary art,

National Museum of American Art,

Washington, D.C.


Image: Painting of Native American baggatoway (lacrosse) game. A Catlin painting of a massive baggatoway game. This game was know to some Indian nations as 'Little Brother of War' because of the no-holds-barred manner of play (no such thing as fouls in this game) and since the outcomes often determined issues that might otherwise be determined by actual battle.



Notes on Photo of the Day — Feb 8th

Scilly


  


The Isles of Scilly; Cornish: Syllan or Enesek Syllan, are an archipelago off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. It is the southernmost location in England and the United Kingdom, as well as the most westerly in England. The population of all the islands at the 2011 census was 2,203. Illustrated is the second largest island, Tresco.


Ancient history and a little romance


Scilly has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and until the early 20th century its history had been one of subsistence living. Farming and fishing continue, but the main industry now is tourism.


The islands may correspond to the Cassiterides (Tin Isles) visited by the Phoenicians and mentioned by the Greeks. However, the archipelago itself does not contain much tin—it may be that the islands were used as a staging post.


It is likely that until relatively recent times the islands were much larger and perhaps joined together into one island named Ennor. Rising sea levels flooded the central plain around 400–500 AD, forming the current fifty-five islands and islets, if an island is defined as 'land surrounded by water at high tide and supporting land vegetation.' The word Ennor is a contraction of En Noer (Moer, mutated to Noer), meaning the 'great island'.


Offshore, midway between Land's End and the Isles of Scilly, is the supposed location of the mythical lost land of Lyonesse, referred to in Arthurian literature, of which Tristan is said to be a king. This may be a folk memory of inundated lands, but this legend is also common among the Brythonic peoples; the legend of Ys is a parallel and cognate legend in Brittany as is that of Cantre'r Gwaelod in Wales.


Scilly has been identified as the place of exile of two heretical 4th century bishops, Instantius and Tiberianus, who were followers of Priscillian.


Below, recent high winds make this Scilly Pub a little damp.