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Wildly Interesting Books

  • Adam's Task by Vicki Hearne
  • Anything by Colin Cotterill
  • Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith
  • Big Box Swindle by Stacy Mitchell
  • Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel
  • Gehry Draws
  • Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker
  • Out of Our Heads by Ava Noe
  • Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design, Mannerisms, Quirks and Conceits
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson
  • The God of Small Things by Arundahti Roy
  • The Long Fall by Walter Mosely
  • The Martin Beck Series by Maj Sjowall and Per Waloo
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank
  • Vermeeer in Bosnia by Lawrence Weschler

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nader Arrives at the Middle East While His Great-Nephew Plays the Accordian

It gets real dark once we go inside the restaurant. I'm still learning how to shoot film with my little digital camera

Nader's People on the Road

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Suzanne Bas Davis is Painting Again

Amazing dry brush technique seen especially on the lid of the pot. Suzanne is taking Janet Hobbs's watercolor class this semester and it's paying off.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sock Creatures Replicate Selves in Various Forms at Art Nite

Okay, only a few forms other than the original so far. Here's the first one by Thomasin. It's the eponymously named sock dog, Thomasin, standing on the remote controls.

Thomasin hangs out with the suddenly appearing
"Rabbit"by Fionna

Elephant showed up but stood apart for the attention.

Local Store Does Not Know What It Is

Doorway to Identity-less Store. Note welcome mat. But welcome to what??

Welcome to eerie cacti in various states of decay!

Close up of, uh, things.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Amy Goodman Speaks Out

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ketchup is a Vegetable

Harvey's been busy at Art Nite

Gotta love this one.

Study for a painting. Harvey likes this better than the painting. I think both are good.

I love the dry brush technique on the grass. Ths is done in acrylic gouache.

As theStock Market Continues to Plunge and Millions lose their Retirement Savings...

We can take comfort in keeping our house in order. Here's the answer to a question that must have been plaguing most of us for decades.

Question:How do you keep hangers from making marks in the shoulders of shirts? And how do you keep clothes from falling off hangers?
Lorna Lover
Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Answer:Use only padded, wooden, or plastic hangers. And use felt circles to keep clothes from slipping onto the floor.
Go to to stop getting hung up on your hanger worries:,21770,1850470,00.html?xid=askrsnews

Thursday, October 16, 2008

IVAW Member Trampled by Police Horse at Debate

You can watch footage of this on Democracy Now! at
Please consider making a donation to these folks for Nick Morgan's medical bills or legal fees.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Super Large Sculpture by Malcolm Cummings

Here's a partial assembly drawing of the glider design. it's beginning to take shape.....

Here's a view of the inside of the fuselage of the plane, showing the cockpit, landing gear, camera (big cylinder) and lots of boxes representing various equipment. We're using layouts like this to see how things fit together and for finding center of gravity.
I think we could all do with a bit of finding the center of gravity---Jeanne

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Veterans For Peace Band

Playing at the anti-war thingy on the Common Saturday, October,11, 2008

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See that thing up there? (on the upper left,under the RSS feeds) Click on it, where it says 'Follow this blog'. Yezzir!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rebel Sheriff of Cook County

Above: Seventy foreclosure orders that will not be served in Cook County

Monday, October 06, 2008

Today's Lesson

October 6, 2008Tricycle's Daily DharmaKnowing What To DoI like that the point of convergence of liberation theology, Islamic mysticism, and engaged Buddhism is the sense of love that leads to commitment and involvement with the world, and not a turning-away from the world. A form of wisdom that I strive for is the ability to know what is needed at a given moment in time. When do I need to reside in that location of stillness and contemplation, and when do I need to get up off my ass and do whatever is needed to be done in terms of physical work, or engagement with others, or confrontation with others? I'm not interested in ranking one type of action over the other.
--bell hooks, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review Fall 1992 from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Iraq Vets Against War

Some of you may know that Fionna and I are supporting and planning on becoming active with Iraq Vets Against War (IVAW). I feel strongly that these men and women, along with Vets for Peace (VFP) who are mostly Vietnam vets, are the backbone and soul of our anti-war movement today.The link above will take you to the events page. Please take a look and see if IVAW is hosting an event in your area and seriously consider attending one of these. If you haven't seen Winter Soldier, you will be profoundly moved by the transformation of these soldiers through their experiences in Iraq and Afganistan. Not only is the organization deeply principled and highly organized, it is a stunning manifestation of the Buddhist concept of 'Metta'...the notion of loving kindness. IVAW embraces the idea of community and is constantly building its capacity to reach out to all Iraq and Afganistan vets and to the rest of the anti-war movement.

After looking at the events page, take a look at the rest of the website to see what they stand for.



Saturday, October 04, 2008

Art Nite Gets Edgy

It's Kirk and he can't be stopped. We tried.

Glue Gun Gone Wild

He did it! Frightening!!!