Tuesday, July 26, 2016

View From the Bridge in Yellowstone National Park

A small part of Yellowstone's vast 2,000,000+ acres
Majestic is the only word to describe this place.
It gives me a sense of peace amid the turmoil of our current
political world.

Cook City Montana

A Quiet Early March Afternoon

This was literally the end of the road.  The pile of snow at left is where the snowplows
stopped plowing

Monday, July 25, 2016

Worship Night in America



Thousands of Christians gathered at Madison Square Garden to be entertained and to praise Jesus. As I watched the joy these people experience through prayer and music,I kept wondering how these same people would feel if thousands of Muslims gathered to praise Allah. It would probably not be welcomed and would be frightening because Muslims have been conflated with the violence that a relative handful of extremists have resorted to, not only against the west, but also against fellow Arabs and fellow Muslims. In the same way Christians have conflated their belief in  the power of Jesus with nativism and patriotism of a distorted nature. This is the foundational power of the Christian right. Every religion has violent zealots, even Buddhism  And to me zealots of whatever faith distort the messages of love and acceptance and charity that is the foundation of their respective religions. For this reason, I found the evening to be both eye-opening and entertaining, but above all a little scary.







Grand Central Terminal




grand central terminal is still a grand old lady. she looks better with every passing decade of my life.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

6:30 AM

And I'm at the beach








The Day I Visited the new Whitney

I didn't really look at the art. I looked at the city



A Desk of One's Own

My Fire Island Desk
It's a little small
and a little old fashioned

My Globe This Summer


Looking Backward










The New American Gothic

American Gothic 21st Century Style. Click on link below

The New American Gothic

Solipsism In A Time of Catastrophe

My focus on my own little life here at the beach seems to me to be a bit obscene.  The social networks that are formed in the world, not online, seem to be crumbling before my very eyes. In Africa, Asia, Europe, and our own USA.  I feel as though the world is perched on a shaky precipice that is being undermined by violence and hate.  I feel as though I have been here before in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and in the years since 9/11/2001.  Each time things seemed to resolve themselves into a new normal that felt somewhat safe.  And yet, here we are again.  If this has been the Arab spring that GWB spoke of, I liked the winter better.  When I hear Donald Trump make his stump speeches about "Make America Great Again," I am hearing George Wallace and Richard Nixon using the same coded racist speech. I am hearing the Know Nothing Party and other nativist saying "Whites Only." I am hearing "Christians Only." I am hearing "Dogs, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, People of Color, people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, and anyone below the poverty line need not apply."  What I know is that the new mix of ethnicities in the country has frightened people.  In all things it easiest to point at the finger of hate at the weakest among us -- the newcomer, the family on welfare, the people who dress differently and pray differently, and the LGBTQ community.

Bernie Sanders tapped into the anger too. But the anger was directed at what really has undermined America -- there are too many very rich people and too many poor people and very few in the middle. Ike warned us about the military-industrial complex. JFK told us we should bear any price and carry any burden to make the world a better, safer place.  Even the hawks, Richard Nixon and LBJ told us that it was wrong that so many lived in poverty and that healthcare should be a right not a privilege. And Sanders underlined that we have ignored these warnings.  Big business -- banks, the oil industry, the shale and coal industries, the defense industry and big aggro have taken over Congress with their fat bankrolls.  Very few speak for the individual constituent. Teddy Roosevelt pointed his big stick at Fat Cats and that's what we should be doing...We should be angry that as individuals our interests have been pushed, not on the back burner, but off the stove.

We need to make our country better.  But not by making it more prejudiced and divided between rich and poor, white and non-white, Christian and other faiths or beliefs, straight versus gender queer. We need to come together and take care of one another and respect differences and embrace them.  That is what has made America great, Mr. Trump.

Signs of Aging

Freckles
Wrinkles
One Eye Bigger than the Other
Hair (albeit white) in Odd Places
Still Smiling

Early Morning at the Beach

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beer at the Beach




Learning new things with Photoshop is a productive way to spend the afternoon.  I wish I'd brought a Photoshop manual with me because certain things I've learned and used in the past now elude me. Next week I'll be 67 and so I can't help but wonder if this is the beginning of dementia.