Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Reflections

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(Moving Toward the Light II watercolor on paper, 87 1/2″ x 49″ 2015)   The description of Moving Toward the Light on Joseph Raffael’s website reads in part: “A major new book on the artist covering the past 17 years of his life and work in the South of France. Reproducing 88 works in rich […]

A Bishop, A Bottle, A Bicycle: Old News Remembered

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There are situations and people and events that are never really out-of-date, never completely “old news,” because they touch us in some deep way that transcends time and place and particulars.  There are situations that continue to move us because they are never fully settled, because the moral questions they raise have only ambiguous answers, […]

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty . . .”

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Joseph Raffael (Haiku Fish, Color Lithograph) The lithograph, “Haiku Fish,” featured on this blog hangs now in my son’s home. It was a gift to me, many years ago, from the artist.   It is Friday the 3rd of February 2017, just past 1:00, and I am home from some time with good friends, looking […]

My Authors; Myself. Influences on “Looking for Lydia”

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I am republishing this as a partial answer to a question my friend, Mitzy, asked in her comment on my most recent blog,  “No Book Reviews, Portraits, Elections, Inaugurations . . .” She wonders what I taught.  The books mentioned here, first published in July of 2015, are a few I either taught or loved enough […]

The Morning After: A Story of Love and Sorrow and Hope

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            Thursday 19 January 2017 In one of my now fairly infrequent romps through Facebook, I saw this photograph of our president.  It now looks out at me from my computer’s desktop.  It is an image that fills me with both joy and deep sadness.  It is an image whose […]

Portrait + + Grace Harwood “I am a voice”

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The painting featured at the top of this blog is 36″ x 48″, acrylic on white duck canvas. It is the second in the collection of  three paintings that Grace Harwood calls “The Hiroshima Series.” The image arrived last week in an email in which Grace explained,  “I’m attaching the Hiroshima painting that I would rather you […]

“Ahh-Yoo-Yahh”

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Today the editorial board of the New York Times published an article called, “Take a Bad Year and Make it Better.”  It’s a long piece and it includes an impressive discussion of some very good things that happened in 2016. The one I liked the best was this. “West Virginia . . .  a state […]