Back in elementary school my friends used to tease me for being such a worry wart. I wanted to be a half an hour early to every place I went. I was always worried that my watch would be slow and I might be late so I connected two watches together. I wore these watches from 3 grade until I was 21 years old! The bands have been replaced a half dozen times and the watches still work. I have recently learned that worrying about things I have no control over is not a good use of my time or energy.
“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.”
– John Lubbock
About John Lubbock
John Lubbock, the multifaceted British banker, statesman, and scientist, was responsible for the institution of England’s monthly Bank Holidays, sometimes referred to as St. Lubbock Days. He was born in 1834 in England. Growing up, he learned science from his father’s friend Charles Darwin. He coined the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic to denote the different Stone Ages, and he wrote the well-regarded books Prehistoric Times and Ants, Bees, and Wasps. He died in 1913.
I like to take short hikes after work to unwind and think. This week I did two quick hikes,one to Franklin Falls and another to twin falls.
“We must dare to think “unthinkable” thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.”
– James William Fulbright
About James William Fulbright
James William Fulbright, the US senator who represented Arkansas from 1945 to 1975, is memorialized in the Fulbright Prize, the international exchange program he created. He was born in 1905 in Missouri. As a congressman, he sponsored a resolution to form the peace-keeping organization that became the United Nations. As senator, he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee for 15 years. His book The Arrogance of Power critiques the government’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He died in 1995.
I have had 6 projects in the works for almost 6 months and I have not been very motivated to work in my shop. Today I finally finished another goose. It is going to be nice to step away from birds for awhile.
Our neighborhood real estate agent has been after me to make her a bottle tree. I was not excited to get started on this project either. As of today I am almost done with the bottle tree. I just need to get more re bar and then I can get started on the next project! I am finally looking forward to working in my shop again!
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein
About Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein, the raspy-voiced American actor, playwright, and gay activist, is best known for his semiautobiographical play, Torch Song Trilogy, which garnered Tony Awards for writing and acting. He was born in Brooklyn in 1954. His onstage debut as a female impersonator at age 16 led to a role in a 1971 Andy Warhol play. He adapted the French show La Cage aux Folles into a Broadway musical and, later, the movie The Birdcage. He has appeared in such varied movies as Independence Day and Mrs. Doubtfire.
“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.”
– James Russell Lowell
About James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell, the sometimes romantic, often ironic American poet, was also a diplomat, serving as ambassador to Spain and, later, Britain. He was born in 1819 in Massachusetts and became known as a New England poet. His satire The Bigelow Papers was his best-known work. While a professor at Harvard, he wrote critical studies of Dante, Shakespeare, and Chaucer, among others, and also served as the founding editor of the influential magazine The Atlantic Monthly. He died in 1891.
This piece is from my runaway paint brush collection sold to private collector, Fucked Up Baby
For some strange reason many people think that being an artist is glamorous.
Below are some glam shots of me working this week.
Okay, I wasn’t exactly creating art. I was patching a concrete mixing bowl for my friend at Native Stone Concrete.
“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
– Lily Tomlin
About Lily Tomlin
American comedian Lily Tomlin rose to fame for characters like sassy phone operator Ernestine and devilish five-year-old Edith Ann on the TV show Laugh-In. Born in 1939 in Detroit, she moved to New York after dropping out of a college pre-med track. She won a Tony Award for the hit one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, written by her partner, Jane Wagner. She has also appeared in films, including Nashville and All of Me. She lives in California with Wagner.
“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”
– Iris Murdoch
About Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch, the acclaimed Anglo-Irish author who won a Booker Prize for her novel The Sea, The Sea, about jealousy, love, and loss, was equal parts novelist and philosopher. She was born in 1919 in Dublin. She taught moral philosophy at Oxford for 15 years and wrote the influential book The Sovereignty of Good. Her fiction often used Gothic elements to tell stories with a philosophical theme. She died of Alzheimer’s in 1999. Her life was the subject of the movie Iris, starring Judi Dench.
I took a friend who has had a bit of cabin fever for a short walk this week. We danced to the music made by the rain! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcpjnRy7avI Now I want rain drums in my backyard! ! In this short 1 minute and 50 second video you will see my friend Laura. A year and a half ago Laura suffered two brain aneurysms and a stroke , she has had to teach herself to do pretty much everything over again. From walking to talking to dressing herself and feeding herself.She is nit able to drive or go to work yet however she is painting. Laura likes to send paintings to people who donate $100 to her go fund me campaign.http://www.gofundme.com/saboya
“Reading is important — read between the lines. Don’t swallow everything.”
– Gwendolyn Brooks
About Gwendolyn Brooks
In 1950, poet Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American awarded a Pulitzer Prize. She was born in 1917 in Kansas and grew up in Chicago. Her poetry often evokes the environment of Chicago’s tough South Side neighborhood. In later years her work became more overtly political, though she continued to combine an understanding of traditional forms like sonnets and ballads with the rhythm of the blues and experimental verse. She died in 2000.
Home Sweet Home 16 x 20 x .8 Acrylic $65
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett
About Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett, the absurdist Irish playwright known for his darkly funny minimalist plays like Waiting for Godot and Endgame, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 and reportedly gave away most of the money to needy artists. He was born in Dublin in 1906 and moved to France to join the resistance during World War II. His plays, poetry, and novels used elements from burlesque and vaudeville to explore the human struggle to make sense of life. He died in 1989.
This is Daisy, she started out as a garden shovel but was over worked one day and her handle broke in half.She is now retired and looking for a new garden where she can spend her time. $65
“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”
– Anna Freud
About Anna Freud
Austrian psychoanalyst Anna Freud was a pioneer in the field of child psychiatry; she also worked closely with her father, Sigmund Freud, in developing his theories. She was born in Vienna in 1895 and fled to London with her parents in 1938, escaping the Nazi regime. When her father became sick with cancer, she took over his studies, becoming his intellectual heir. She founded the Hampstead Clinic to work with children. She died in 1982.
We finally had a break in the weather so I got outside and worked on adding some color to the hill outside my office window. The weather has had me a bit down in the dumps so I am hopping to get back to painting or welding next week.
Today I planted the vinca, lavender and a red maple tree. We are hoping to install some rock steps to the left of where I am standing that will go up between the two tree trunks.
“Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.”
– Washington Irving
About Washington Irving
Washington Irving, known for such stories as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” is considered by many the father of the American short story. He was born in New York in 1783. Although he ultimately returned to New York, he lived in Europe for 17 years, working for the US Embassy. His extensive travels through the southern and western United States led to books about his tours. He took many years to recover from the death of his fiancee in 1809 and never married. He died in 1859.
Running Free 16 x 20 x .8 $75