Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dinner II, Reading The Empathy Exams

During a dinner of lamb kabobs with kale salad, I was reading Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, which reminded me of a conversation I had had a month ago with my friend about the concept of honesty. Honesty is considered a … Continue reading

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Adventure #10, Night Irises

And then there was a moon and then a scene So watery as to seem submarine; In which we two stood saturated, drowned–“Irises by Night,” Robert Frost seeing sheep and irises of snow through the dark silence of your forehead–“Little … Continue reading

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Lunch II, The Irises

he Victorians used flowers as symbols to subtly suggest, often playfully, meanings that might otherwise offend a more stayed sensibility. Continue reading

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Adventure #9, Going Home

My mother asked me to paint something from her yard that she and my father could take with them when they move. I tried to think of my home, not in cliches, but in terms of some feeling that cut at an … Continue reading

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Adventure #8, Montreal in a Few Sketches

After spending 6 days in Montreal this summer, I began to perceive in its open spaces the seeds of time that informed my experience of the city. Valerie Ross reports in Scientific American that “thinking of space may be a necessity to conceptualize … Continue reading

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In Search of Small Gods: For Posterity

The painting of my father’s kayak, listless on the shore, reminds me of a Lucille Clifton poem, “Blessing the Boats at St. Mary’s.” The poem begins with an identification with the reader, May the tide that is entering even now … Continue reading

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In Search of Small Gods: At the Pub, “Dieu de Ciel”

This painting is of the pub Dieu de Ciel in Montreal and is about the anchor a pub can be in culture. It can draw people, both drunk and sober, together from the chaos caused by the disingenuous and cruel, … Continue reading

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