Author Archives: editor, facilitator, decider

About editor, facilitator, decider

Doesn't know much about culture, but knows when it's going to hell in a handbasket.

When in the course of human events

The course of human events can be a harrowing run, and even in the best circumstances the road takes you, eventually, to landscapes you did not expect. The act of political estrangement that began on the Fourth of July, 1776 … Continue reading

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Rhapsody

Because sometimes only verse will do…

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Summer Solstice 2017 – fiat lux

Whether this particular day marks for you a simple celestial event unique to our solar neighborhood, or a sacred quarterpost within the wheel of the year, it remains unarguable that something special is happening right now. We in the northern … Continue reading

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Patronage made easy

One of the best bumper stickers I’ve seen lately is also one of the most succinct: Buy Art. . . . And so you should. But does it cost Medici money to enter the rarefied world of art patronage? Oh … Continue reading

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RIP Adam West (Sept. 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017

Must the Dark Knight brood? Does every incarnation of the Batman need to be darker than the last? Maybe that’s a question for today’s superhero fan base, but we’re fortunate to have had it answered long ago. From 1966 to … Continue reading

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Kathy Griffin’s double fail

Michelle Obama once told us everything we need to know about maintaining a sense of honor and dignity during these woeful times of bitterness and divide. She said, “When they go low, we go high.” Kathy Griffin, alleged comedienne, certainly … Continue reading

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Memorial and monition – Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing

We take this day as personal time, hopefully as a time of reflection and gratitude but in any case as a day that exists as an exemplar of freedom, bought and paid for, like all freedoms, with blood and sacrifice. … Continue reading

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RIP Roger Moore (Oct. 14 1927 – May 23 2017)

There are two venerable British-born franchises with a rotating stable of actors playing the lead: James Bond, and Doctor Who. In both cases (and I’ve informally verified this in conversations with fans of both, from both sides of the pond), … Continue reading

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Virtual exhibitions bring art to us all

Hopefully there’s an art museum, gallery, studio, or exhibition space within easy traveling distance from wherever you’re sitting right now. And hopefully it beckons you, and you grace it with your patronage just as often as you possibly can. But…we … Continue reading

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Mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters

Mother’s Day just might be the most well-earned holiday on our calendar. That’s not just because of the honors due to all the mothers who selflessly put themselves in the integral, irreplaceable centers of functional family life. Those are the … Continue reading

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May Day

. .MAY DAY has in the popular lexicon become an emergency broadcast, a cry for help. . . . But perhaps more accurately, it’s a cry for solidarity. And it is born on the shared experiences and collective self-sufficiency of … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2017 – now we march

Never before has reason and rationality been so key to the survival of our species and our planet. Denial of overwhelming evidence and disdain for the proven efficacy of the scientific method has created an unprecedented, unparalleled danger, of the … Continue reading

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Ostara

Who can lay claim to a holiday, or a holy day? Today is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox. If ever there was a pagan-y way of fixing a feast on the calendar, that’d … Continue reading

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Who’s your Dada?

Knowing who’s who in your major 20th century art movements may have netted you, well, very little up until now (save self-satisfaction or smugness, in alignment with your virtues). But if you’ve got a grasp of the cast of characters—including … Continue reading

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RIP Don Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017)

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