Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Words

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Lanie Goodman Betsy Dillard Stroud David Pagel In a conversation with Lanie Goodman, Joseph Raffael described his way of working on the large paintings for which he is known: “I find a place . . . that interests me–it might be a color, or an expanse or a very complex area that may end up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Authors Meeting Authors:The Williamsburg Book Festival

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                       It is late on Wednesday. There are two days between me and the Williamsburg Book Festival. This is my first book festival, although Looking for Lydia; Looking for God was released in July of 2015. For the first few months, I surprised everyone by […]

Always a Beginner: Writing and Life and Death

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When I lived in Michigan, I had four llamas.  One of them, a beautiful young gold and white one-year-old, died, and I watched one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever seen.  For a full day, the remaining three llamas walked, in a tight group, around and around their fenced acre, humming for their lost […]

Book Review~~Poisonwood Bible: Recording the Audiobook

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The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver (Author) Dean Robertson (Reader) In 1998 I was living in western Michigan.  I had five llamas, who lived in my back yard and, in the afternoons, they ate carefully chopped carrots, potatoes, yams, sometimes celery or broccoli or asparagus. Once, to their confusion, a banana. They were fenced up to […]