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New Features, Articles & Columns


Unlikely Tales

features Merritt Brown on camera and MM Kizi on keyboard


Open Mind

Malcolm and Ali

Offie Wortham


Unlikely Tales

Fidget Honey and Nick Priest

Spoof or Not?


Vermont Diary

SHOCK of the Present


Monkey’s Cloak

North York Moods

A series of poems

by Alan Rayner, part 8

Wed 8th  June


Open Mind

Can we bite the bullet until after November?

Offie Wortham


Returning To Place

Interlude, New Book & Kickstarter

Brian D. Cohen


Monkey’s Cloak

SHAVUOT

Nanci Bern


Monkey’s Cloak

five directions, five fingers, five roots

Charles Monette


Vermont Diary

US Politics for Forns from Yurp [part deux]


Monkey’s Cloak

UP NORTH

Phil Innes


Write On!

Women of the Mounds

Charles Monette


Open Mind

Colleges where your child can earn a Degree for Free

Offie Wortham


Love In Action

SEND IN THE CLOWNS

Elizabeth Hill


Vermont Diary

Ticks and Tourism


Special Feature

Jigsaw Puzzles


World & US Energy News

Just one day’s news

in early May

George Harvey


Unlikely Tales

Tale of the Black Torc

Phil Innes


Untitled Work

Hitler’s Secret Diaries, Or, Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere

Mac Gander


Old Lady Blog

Lights out or the weather of the apocalypse

Toni Ortner


Write On!

Daniel Berrigan

Charles Monette


Vermont Diary

Over the Mountain


Love In Action

The First Lady of the World

Elizabeth Hill


Monkey’s Cloak

May I

Charles Monette


Vermont Diary

Is the experiment with republics now over?


Post Oil Solutions

Tipping Point

Tim Stevenson


Archetypal Hippie Speaks

“How Drumpf wins”

Jeri Rose


The Great Adventure

The Fairer Sex

Terri Kneipp


Vermont Diary

WEIRD WYOMING — A LETTER TO ENGLAND


OVERHEARD

O say can you see...

A test severe of on-line language translators


Returning to Place

Angel

Brian D. Cohen


Vermont Diary

QUINTISH


Love In Action

THE DANCING FOOLS

Elizabeth Hill


REAL FOOD !

Parsnip Soup


Vermont Diary

PC, Euphemisms, including death and toilets


Urban Naturalist

AMPHIBIANS AND OTHER CRITTERS COPE WITH EQUINOCTAL CONFUSION

Lloyd Graf


Selected Letters

Tennessee Tensions

Rob Mitchell


Guest Article

New Morning


Vermont Diary

Couple pointers

for President Trump


Old Lady Blog

Call from a Scientologist friend

Toni Ortner


Archetypal Hippie Speaks

The Hinge of Perception

Jeri Rose


Returning to Place

Adam and Eve’s Lament. Etching and letterpress,

11” x 15”, 1997

Brian D. Cohen


Monkey’s Cloak

Bird of transcendence

Matti Salminen


Vermont Diary

FLIGHT PATH OPTIONS


Monkey’s Cloak

Tibetan dream song

Charles Monette


in between

One hundred and twenty six years

Julia Ferarri


CURIOUS TOPICS

Gull Summit — Prime Minister concerned over Hitchcockian behavior


View From A Bridge

Golgonooza

Brian D. Cohen


Love In Action

SUMMER, 1947

Elizabeth Hill


Weekly Feature

In conversation with

Archer Mayor


Overheard

“REVENANT”

Which turns out to be very old


Returning to Place

Tree Trunk (Douglas fir)

Brian D. Cohen


If You Lived Here

Tour de Heifer


If You Lived Here

Stroll, technology group plan "Tech Salad"


Wondering Tales

The Cat’s Whiskers

a feline alphabet

MM Kizi


Story Page

Berry’s Story

a  complete 24 frame slide show graphic story

MM Kizi


Overheard

Honkie Dilemma

A quiz


100 Years Ago

Major Literary Events


Monkey’s Cloak

Einstein’s Eyes

Charles Monette


Chess

The Silence of the Pawns

Paul Truong


100 Years Ago

A chronological overview of the year 1916


Returning to Place

The Wood

Brian D. Cohen


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


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


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


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


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


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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Unlikely Tales features Merritt Brown on camera and MM Kizi on keyboard




A damp Welsh afternoon – in late October – the stream ran true – that’s not strictly correct- who would know if it was running true or untrue- it was flowing fast that’s the point, and it tasted good.

Walter had just left me – again – and the owl in the sycamore had its eyes hooked into me as though to make sure I knew that it was my fault. 

Fifty years ago (or so it seemed) I wouldn’t have minded.  People came and went like Sunday afternoon mist –hazy as a dream.

Now I faced my eightieth birthday, my joints were fighting to be free of their sockets-and Walter had gone - again.

So here I am walking the stream –listening out for snapping twigs, hoping I’ll catch a glimpse... Read More



This is going to be a short story for my autobiography about my brief relationships with two of the most influential men in American history, Malcolm X and Mohammed Ali, Offie Wortham writes in his column OPEN MIND




I first met Malcolm at his temple in Harlem, NY. in 1958. I was a staff member with the Encampment for Citizenship at Fieldstone School in Riverdale for six weeks, we had voted to invite Malcolm X to come and speak with us before the camp ended in a month.


Two weeks went by and we had not heard from him. Since it was my idea, I was selected to go to Temple #7 in Harlem to get him to come visit with us. Without any appointment I went to the temple the next Sunday to meet Mr. X. We were all frisked at the door, and the men had to sit on the left, and the women on the right. The girl who was with me was from Israel and had gotten a great tan because no whites were allowed in the temple. We separated at the door.


I got a seat in the second row, and the low stage was only about 15 feet away. When Malcolm started his sermon we made eye contact almost at once. This was because I looked at him unemotionally while his followers showed great excitement as he spoke. His theme was that everything black was good, and everything white was evil. He said from black dirt we get the best foods, while from white dirt (sand) we get nothing worthwhile. He went on with these examples for around 30 minutes. When it came to the question and answer period he pointed right to me with my hand up. I rose slowly in the room of around 700 people and asked Malcolm very loudly why he was wiping his face with a white handkerchief and why all the Muslim sisters in the first two rows were dressed from head to toe in white gowns. He tried to make fun of my question, but I cut him off and asked him to answer it. He did not and went on to more friendly questions from his followers.


When the service finished I tried to get to him but was blocked by two of his bodyguards from The Fruit of Islam. He pushed them aside, reached out and grabbed my hand, and pulled me closer to the stage looking very serious. Read on



Unlikely Tales features Spoof or Not? And it’s all about Fidget Honey and Nick Priest




A kitten who "saved the life" of a Penryn man has been short-listed for a national award.

Fidget Honey was nursed back to life by Nick Priest, who said she in turn gave him a reason to live.


Mr Priest tried to commit suicide three times and had problems with alcohol when a friend suggested he get a cat.


"I didn't want to be here anymore," he said. "I have had fibromyalgia for 12 years and it is very painful. I used to run ten miles every day, was an Army pole-vault champion and an archery champion. It is so frustrating not being able to do it now. "Fidget gave me a reason to do something other than sit in my flat and die."


Mr Priest was also an illustrator before joining Gerry Cottle's Circus for two years, then driving trucks around the UK and the continent, when he started to struggle with his medical condition and alcohol.


Fidget Honey was the runt of a litter and not breathing when she was born until Mr Priest massaged her and blew up her nose.

Read on>>>>



SHOCK of the Present” is the title of this  Vermont Diary




I sometimes feel like a latter-day Alaister Cooke explaining Americans to Englishmen, and vice-versa. Here we are called to explain how the 5th largest economy in the world has opted out of the European Union, and that it was a surprise to politicians everywhere, left and right.


Of course, when all the pundits, academics, media and the politicians get it wrong they could be fairly accused of not being in touch with what people want — and in America this is true in respect of Bernie Sanders who has shocked everyone by being tuned into what especially young people aspire to in their country and saying it out loud. By ‘everyone’ we mean of course pundits, academic experts, the media and the politicians who have seemed clueless, and unfit to lead in ideas, research, news or actual government.


The British vote to exit Europe was supported by two main factors, people over 55 coming out in unprecedented numbers, and ‘the regions’ being other than London’s conurbation.


People over 55 have observed what effect being in the EU had during their adult lifetimes, and resolved that it was very little in any economic sense or in terms of values, especially to those with less income, that is to say, 80% of people. The regions have always been antithetical to bigger political and economic entities, preferring to press the other way into bioregional devolution from central power, as another ‘surprise to government’ occurred in the Scottish referendum on succession.


Objectively the $500 million dollars Britain invests every week into the EU comes back a few years later after all the applications forms are done and processed as $200 million of mostly regional development help — but that is a net loss of $300 million a week to support other countries. And it was the regions who universally wanted out of this system, hence it was a vote to keep the money in the first place and serve themselves.


Read On >>



This Month  Monkey’s Cloak features a series of poems by columnist Alan Rayner, an evolutionary biologist who lives near Bath, England, on his vacation this year


NORTH YORK MOODS




Part 3 —Wednesday 8th June

We visit the shady woodland home of the ‘Falling Foss’ waterfall [Illus.], then spend a couple of hours at Robin Hood’s Bay, before driving up onto Fylingdales Moor to take a longer-than-expected walk around Jugger-Howe Nature Reserve.


Woods, Water, Bay and Moor

Shady woods

Led down to Falling Foss

Behind a Tea Room

Capitalizing on the Scene,

But May’s Beck

Provided more than a splash of colour

With Pink Purslane and Sulphur Polypore

For us to see


Not far away

Robin Hood’s Wide Arc

Fringed with piles of kelp

Tossed up from sub-littoral zone

Frequented by sandhoppers


Back uphill

To high moorland

A habitat almost unique

The signboards said

To British Isles

Where peaty soil

Beneath ericaceous shrubs

Is now widely carpeted

By Heath Star-moss


...read on>...



Brian D. Cohen’s Column, Returning To Place is undergoing an interlude while he creates a book. The current activity is via Kickstarter, click on the link below. 




I am planning a series of note cards based from 75 of my etchings based on the form of the 16th C emblem book, each with an accompanying Latin aphorism and English translation. The Renaissance emblem book presented familiar elements and scenarios in association with a common saying, intended to invoke associations and meanings with a particular lesson in mind. The physical is presented in order to reveal the spiritual, the metaphysical, the abstract, and the symbolic. Since we no longer apply shared meaning to things to the same degree as our 16th C forebears, our own “lessons” are more diverse, varied, and personalized. The reader/viewer of this book will construct significance from the often unpredictable and contradictory friction of text and image; in that gap is a tension that challenges and engages the viewer, much as it confounds and provokes him or her. This book is about the process by which we see, acquire, and possess things, and what they mean to us, in their variety and complexity, beauty and presence. The book will “instruct the eye of understanding.” 

The cards will be printed by Puritan Capital Press of Hollis, New Hampshire, one of the nation’s leading fine art and photography printers with over 75 years of experience in printing books and catalogues for major museums and cultural institutions. Each card will be 7” x 5” overall, with the image printed at about 80% of original size for highest fidelity to the etching. The cards will be printed in high-resolution duotone on 100 lb. Mohawk Superfine Text. The first run this summer will reproduce 25 images; second and third printings of 25 more images each will be completed by the end of 2017. Read On Here or visit the Kickstarter Project HERE



Monkey’s Cloak

features a poem by Nanci Bern SHAVUOT




Wrapped in the whispers of stars and ages

Inspiration from above like a glittered swath is around my shoulders.

It is a shawl of time and ancestors,

Breath beats eternal.

Of vision and wisdom,

I am surrounded by the old stories and the voices of the desert.

The tambourine still vibrates from the crossing

And its skin shows echoes of

Water of libation to freedom and tears of joy and fear.

The wind plays harmony on the wheat fields as they sway in their gleaning dance.

She moves her own heart lead way toward her chosen path.

His feet part the mountainous dirt below,

His arms hold the emblazoned stone above.

Breath and dust meld into one,

Forced forward by the divine lightness that supports the heaviness of the human heart.

Did this happen?

Did this happen this way?

Does it matter?

What do you want to bring down from your mountain?


a note on the image:

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld —

Ruth im Feld des Boaz

Ruth in the field of Boaz

oil on canvas, 1828; National Gallery, London



Charles Monette contributes to Write On! with an article ‘Women of the Mounds’

  



Let me tell you of the “women of the mounds”, the ghost women of Irish mythology

In Old Irish, they were known as ban side… in the Modern bean si


They are the banshees of Irish folklore. Female spirits in Irish mythology, whose shrieking, or keening cry heralded the death of a member of one of the prominent Gaelic families 


The O’Gradys, the O’Neills, the O’Longs, the McCnaimhins, the O’Briens, the O Conchobhairs, the Caomhanachs and the Kavanaughs


Banshees are ‘women of the mounds’ connected to the mythological tumuli,

the hillocks, or ancient burial mounds that dot the Irish countryside

Read On >>



Send In The Clowns is the title of  Elizabeth Hill’s June column in Love In Action




Hunter Dohery Adams was born to a military family on May 28th, 1945 in Washington DC. His father died when Hunter was a teenager, and the family then settled in Virginia. While in High School, he struggled with depression, and was also bullied by classmates. Three times in one year, Hunter was hospitalized for suicide attempts.


That third hospital stay became his wake-up call. He decided not only to live, but also to dedicate his life to helping people heal through love and laughter. His own experiences of shame and despair that triggered his suicide attempts laid the foundation for his clown. He would go on to heal others by his example of self-acceptance, unabashed vulnerability, and defiance of shame.


After High School, he earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Virginia. Today, we know this man as Dr. Patch Adams.


Patch Adams has long been known at Findhorn in Scotland, as he’d made several presentations there. In the early days of my stay at Findhorn, I befriended a woman who had been part of his clown troupe that traveled with him to Russia. Dr. Patch, as she called him, regularly assembled groups of clowns to visit hospitals, elder homes, orphanages, war zones, natural disaster sites, and refugee camps worldwide. Since I was in the process of discovering my own inner and outer clown, my friend urged me to consider doing the same. To that end, she gave me Dr. Patch’s home phone number. Read the full article.



A Special Feature  on Jigsaw Puzzles.





The engraver and cartographer John Spilsbury, of London, is believed to have produced the first jigsaw puzzle around 1760, using a marquetry saw. Early jigsaws, known as dissections, were produced by mounting maps on sheets of hardwood and cutting along national boundaries, creating a puzzle useful for the teaching of geography. Such "dissected maps", were used to teach the children of King George III and Queen Charlotte by royal governess Lady Charlotte Finch. See more



May 12th is 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:




*CAPTION — Illustrated is The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant which flooded in 2011. Army Corps of Engineers photo. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons.


¶ The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station survived a fire, a flood and the close scrutiny of federal regulators. But it may be no match for the market. Omaha Public Power District executives are making recommendations to the board, one of which is to close the plant, as it is too costly to run. [KETV Omaha]



Mac Gander begins his third folio of articles for the magazine in his column Untitled Work  with a title “Hitler’s Secret Diaries, Or, Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere”




I have been re-reading Hitler’s secret diaries lately. Just excerpts—I never had the chance to see the whole volume of work. But they really exist. I have the issues of Newsweek International in which they were touted. Three cover stories, the first one all red and black with a long running story quoting all kinds of excerpts—the most poignant was his concern about Eva Braun’s miscarriage—and then a cover proclaiming “The Storm Over Hitler’s diaries.” The last cover, week three, has a cover that says “Hoax.” And of course Hitler never had any diaries—he didn’t like to write. He dictated Mein Kampf.


It was 1983 and I was a cub researcher and reporter in the Manhattan newsroom of Newsweek’s international edition, and I was given an assignment: I had to accompany a fellow researcher, a young woman who spoke fluent Russian and had way more skill that I did in the craft, to a building a few blocks down Madison Avenue, where I would wait outside and she would go in and do something that no one told me about. I realized later that I was a body-guard in this enterprise, but at the time it was just bewildering. The enterprise involved her picking up some information regarding the validation of Hitler’s secret diaries. I guess they got validated—we ran the cover story the following week. It was April in Manhattan and it was nice to get outside for a bit. Read on here.


Terri Kneipp titles her recent column in THE GREAT ADVENTURE “The Fairer Sex.”




What’s Fair about Discrimination?


Equality under the law. Justice is blind. An interesting concept, but is this true in any shape or form? Are women treated equally by our legal system, by the laws established or carried out? We are horrified at how women are regarded in “other” countries, but how about right here in the good ole’ U.S. of A.? Surely we are far superior: women can work, vote, own property, get divorced, and even run for President. However, are laws slanted against women? Lately, my blood has boiled seeing some of the glaring examples of inequality play out right before my eyes.


Let’s look at a topic that affects us all, equal pay. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 states that men and women should be given equal pay for equal work in a given establishment. As well, discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability is prohibited in Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA. But, do any of us truly believe pay inequality has been eliminated? When a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, the facts speak for themselves. So, what did our dutifully elected officials do? Read on



REAL FOOD ! has a recipe for parsnip soup, with or without cream.




The thing is, try not to add cream. I would also recommend more than sautéing the carrots otherwise when you blend them they are more chunky than the more malleable parsnips — so blanche them additionally but separately in a little water or the chicken broth. Naturally you can triple the garlic if you wish or substitute with shallots, and a good substitute for thyme is sage. If you don't like nutmeg, substitute mace or allspice. If you REALLY want cream don't mix it in, but get the French version of sour cream [creme fraiche] and add marsala. Pour it in to the plated soup in artistic phi spirals from the back of a spoon intoning Ooo la! Ooo la la! as you do so. Read ingredients and preparation, read on



Resident Urban Naturalist Lloyd Graf begins his current column entry titled AMPHIBIANS AND OTHER CRITTERS COPE WITH EQUINOCTAL CONFUSION with a report on the strangeness of the season,



but soon we get to newly emerging critters: Last, but far, far from least, are the rock stars of South Vermont's (and the entire region's) spring Bacchanal:   the amphibians. These unique and exquisite creatures have wriggled and hopped their ways into the hearts, not just of naturalists and conservationists, but of jewelers and artists who deal in their likenesses, puppeteers, folk singers, MacBeth-ian witches, and pretty much anyone who's ever encountered them.  Moreover, they are anatomically, physiologically and behaviorally astonishing creatures in more ways than I can begin to address here.



 

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Genius is an African who dreams up snow.


My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.


Caress the detail, the divine detail.


Discussion in class, which means letting twenty young blockheads and two cocky neurotics discuss something that neither their teacher nor they know.


The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.


The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.


A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.


It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.


Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.


The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.



Not Quite Daily

See more MM Kizi in Wondering Tales and at https://mmkizi.org


chuw in the mountains



 


International Caption Competition

(see Vermont Views Magazine on Facebook)

Current Score


The All New Britain 11

Euro-Zone 4

USA 15


It could be daily, but not strictly.



Returning to Place

A weekly image and text by Brian D. Cohen


Angel

Etching on handmade paper, 9” x 7” (image), 12” x 9 “ (sheet), 2007

  




In addition to religious and devotional images among the several uses of the earliest prints made in Europe in the 15th C. were as Tarochi cards. The game of Trionfi (Triumphs) played with Tarochi cards was a sort of Renaissance allegorical “The Game of Life” with all its virtues and temptations, the cards each depicting emblems in a succession of “triumph” over the preceding image. The trump (picture) cards evolved into the 22 major arcana, representing archetypes of a path of spiritual ascension and evolution, and over the past 500 years successive artists would create new decks on that set pattern.


The Renaissance notion of cosmography, that pictures can be a simulacrum of the world and not just a representation of it, appeals to me. I am fascinated by the attempt to embrace philosophical themes through visual images and by the historic conflation of physics and metaphysics. It is a naïve or at least anachronistic view.


The Fool’s Journey is a book of twenty-three etchings of the major arcana of the traditional tarot deck (and including a title page). Modeled on Renaissance cosmography, the book is a visual portrayal of a philosophical world-view, each card presenting a universal archetype of human experience and a parallel, symbolic element or quality of the physical world. In my interpretation I took the major arcana more or less as is, inserting the four elements in place of the emperor, empress, priestess, and hierophant, who didn’t really play much role in my life, and using my own image as the Fool. The text for the book is the titles of the cards themselves. Angel is the second to last card and the apogee of spiritual ascent, while the last card, World, returns us to the place we started and discover anew.  Read more or

see more works in this series Returning to Place


Wondering Tales

The Cat’s Whiskers, an Alphabet by MM Kizi


  

Here is a Complete Cat Alphabet — one image a day plus an invitation to rename the cat and also the description.


For example, for “A” I might choose Alice’s Aristocratic Air


You get the picture? To see the entire alphabet visit Wondering Tales, or is it tails?


This should take us all a month to do, and remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff!




To This Degree

An image a day every day of the year



Taurus 1

The Image: A clear mountain stream

Keynote: The pure uncontaminated and spontaneous expression of one’s own nature

Keyword: Its Own Nature


Taurus 2

The Image: An electrical storm

Keynote: The cosmic power able to transform all the factors of natural existence

Keyword: The Visitation


Taurus 3

The Image: Natural steps lead to a lawn of clover in bloom

Keynote: The gradual expansion of individual consciousness after a fecundating experience

Keyword: Natural fulfillment


Taurus 4

The Image: The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

Keynote: Riches that come as result of linking the celestial and earthly nature

Keyword: Communion


Taurus 5

The Image: A widow at an open grave [Illus.]

Keynote: The impermanence of all material and social bonds

Keyword: Discard the past




Image groups comprise a 5-fold sequence

(1° to 15° TAURUS in Scene 3 ‘SUBSTANTIATION’

in Act 1 of 4, Differentiation)



Art & Soul

Notes on Creating by Audrey Flack


Picasso as a star

  




Picasso is responsible for the contemporary role of artist as egomaniac. By scribbling, doodling, or signing his name on a napkin, he contributed to a lot of the difficulty of art today. His signature became more important than the work of art.


There was no art on the napkin.


Notes on Photo of the Day — June 16

“A graveyard of ships”




The list of shipwrecks of Cornwall lists the ships which sank on or near the coasts of mainland Cornwall. The list includes ships that sustained a damaged hull, which were later refloated and repaired. Around a coast of approximately 250 miles (400 km) an estimated 6000 ships have been wrecked, more than on any other comparable coastline of the British Isles.


A traditional saying about the north coast is "From Pentire Point to Hartland light, A watery grave by day and night." The coast of the Lizard peninsula is particularly hazardous to shipping and the seaways round it were historically known as the "Graveyard of Ships".


I had intended to put up a map showing lost ships around the coast, but showing a plot of 6,000 of them on a computer screen simply makes a blur around the entire coastline.



Unlikely Tales, Soon Abandoned

Photo Inspiring Tale


  



Here is a contributed photo by Merritt Brown which inspires you to start a story — just to start it, then put it in a drawer since you don’t know how to continue.


Review the current photograph and send in 300-400 words of your Unlikely Tale to

vtviewsinnes@gmail.com


Joke of the weak


  


Say no more!



Now, here, this!  July 1st


Short & Long-term forecasts




  




I think when they say persistent cold they mean winter as usual


There is an interesting on-line resource which tracks real-time lightning strikes here

http://www.lightningmaps.org/