Thursday, December 7, 2023

“Between that earth and that sky I felt erased, blotted out,” says Jim Burden, the narrator of Cather’s “My Ántonia.” “I did not say my prayers that night: here, I felt, what would be would be.”

“Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become part of something entire,” Cather wrote, “whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”

from an article about the endangered North American great plains in NYT 

Monday, October 16, 2023

"...he wants to challenge readers’ assumptions once
again with this book, which reflects his “restlessness with form.” He draws a parallel with the work of jazz musicians who are constantly creating anew.
“That’s what trying to work with unconventional forms feels like: You’re crossing the bridge while you’re constructing the bridge,” he said. “I want people to read my work and think, ‘Wait, I didn’t know that was allowed.’ Any book that is finding its own form is implicitly saying, ‘Well, it’s allowed now.’” Teju Cole interview in NYT

Friday, September 1, 2023

“The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside by a generous hand. But- and this is the point- who gets excited by a mere penny? But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days.” Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Friday, August 11, 2023

"If stories come to you, care for them.
And learn to give them away where they are needed.
Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive."
- Barry Lopez

Friday, July 14, 2023

”While wandering down the path of wonder, I briefly escape the world of separation and enter the world of unity .” Hermann Hesse

Friday, June 2, 2023

"There is never a day spent outside that you don't learn something. It might be something small, but that small thing might also be a key to something very big. The discovery of those small things and of the ways they connect to one another and ripple through the whole web of life that is one of the true beauties of nature. That is what I sought to understand and cultivate." Diana Beresford-Kroeger from To Speak for the Trees

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

 "Her virtuosity resided in her capacity to observe, and to process and interpret what she observed. As she grew older, it became less and less possible to delegate any part of her work; she was developing skills that she could hardly identify herself, much less impart to others. /The nature of insight in science, as elsewhere, is notoriously elusive. And almost all great scientists--those who learn to cultivate insight--learn also to respect its mysterious workings. It is here that their rationality finds its own limits. In defying rational explanation, the process of creative insight inspires awe in those who experience it. They come to know, trust, and value it."- Evelyn Fox Keller about Barbara McClintock

Thursday, April 20, 2023

 "Ceremonial Garment, Late 21st Century, Jones Falls Settlement"
made from tin cans found in urban streams and junk shop raccoon coat.

 “Creative was just a state of being...It wasn’t a means to an end.” Mark Bradford

Thursday, March 30, 2023

“The Inuit have a particular kind of person, an isumataq. “An isumataq is not an elder; an isumataq is a person who creates the atmosphere, or the place, within which wisdom may reveal itself. I think Barry (Lopez) was absolutely an isumataq. And that’s what I’m looking for in my own work, and have been looking for all my life. It’s not because I think I know anything. I don’t. I’m probably more clueless than the next person. It’s precisely because I don’t know, that I do what I do.” John Luther Adams in NYT 3/30/23

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

“To be truly visionary, we have to root our imagination in our concrete reality while simultaneously imagining possibilities beyond that reality.” - bell hooks

Friday, March 3, 2023

"... what makes a poem be a poem, is that it is not an advertisement. It is not a piece of propaganda. It is not a screed. It is something which tries to see the wholeness of things from every angle and every side in order to see more clearly, truly, to feel more deeply, widely, and, perhaps, tenderly." Jane Hirshfield during Ezra Kelin NYT interview

Thursday, January 26, 2023

 "Turkey Vulture Reliquary, Late 21st Century,   Jones Falls Settlement"

 Artists need to create at the same scale that society has the capacity to destroy" — Sherrie Rabinowitz, 1984