Pope’s Last Stand & Earthing Yourself

At this New Moon rising, we learned that our dear Olivia Pope has lost her beloved Jake to the malicious reckonings of Papa Pope. (Who knew that Joe Morton could be soooo badass!) Far be it from me to finger-point and mutter, “I told you so” — but I did.…

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Nights of Beastly Entanglements

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“The charge before us is that the Flanders pigeon… did deliberately, callously, and with beastliness of forethought [tormented] a lovely, innocent pigeon!” (from the Lord Blackadder, BBC Comedy Series) My conversation is not about a “pigeon.” There is a tormentor, however, though not the “murderer” (aggressor) that was originally called…

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Zazen May: Imagining Noguchi, Form, Desire

When I was an advisor to students at the Parsons School of Design years ago, an alluring sea of loosely robed models could always be found cueing in the hallways, awaiting their call for open drawing classes. In them I saw graceful tendrils, exposed flesh, female, male, trans-formed, all deliciously…

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 April: Water, Water, Everywhere—If You Can Afford It…

  “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” —The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot Rather than being spooked by Mr. Eliot’s lament that “April is the cruelest month,” I considered its gifts – warmer temperatures, longer…

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!Sí, Se Puede! In a Time of Farm Heroes, Grapes & César Chávez

Our current fascination with farm to table produce, owes an indebtedness to the legacy of César Chávez and the (UFW) United Farm Workers union.  Chávez’s life is being celebrated in a newly released biopic, César Chávez: History is Made One Step at a Time. How ironic or telling perhaps, that Chávez…

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Spring: Time of Renewal, Imagination, & Fertilizer!

Finally! The calendar says it’s spring, but the season’s much sought after traits—warm, sunny days, have been slow to arrive. Yet following the extremes of such a boisterous winter, and in anticipation of spring’s inevitably chilly, showery days ahead, I’m hoping, at least it won’t be snow. So, welcome spring, the time…

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