Sunday, August 7, 2022

Thought for the Day

A stranger always has
his homeland in his arms [. . . .]
~ Nelly Sachs

Quoted from Nelly Sachs's "[If someone comes]", translated from the German by Joshua Weiner with Linda B. Parshall, Daily Poetry, July 9, 2022 (The poem appears in Nelly Sachs, Flight and Metamorphosis, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 2022; Weiner is the book's translator.)

Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), Poet and Dramatist; Winner, The Nobel Prize in Literature, 1966

Joshua Weiner, Poet, Writer, Translator; Professor of English, University of Maryland at College Park

Linda B. Parshall, Scholarly Writer, Translator, Editor

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Thought for the Day

Homesick we are, and always, for another
And different world.
~ Vita Sackville-West
Quoted from Vita Sackville-West, "The Garden" (Poem) Note: On The Garden Museum site you will find the image of a hand-written copy of "The Garden", published in Poems of West and East (1917). Commentary is provided.

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), English Poet, Novelist, Journalist, Diarist; Gardener; Member, Bloomsbury Group; Muse of Virginia Woolf

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Thought for the Day

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so? [. . .]
~ Raymond Carver


Quoted from Raymond Carver, "Late Fragment" in A New Path to the Waterfall (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988; Reprint, 1994) Note: This was Carver's last book.

Raymond Carver (1938-1988), Poet and Short Story Writer

Thursday, July 21, 2022

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Fred Lisaius, Looking Forward 
Acrylic on Wood Panel
24" x 48"

 © Fred Lisaius


Today I am showcasing the work of painter Fred Lisaius, my selection for July's Artist Watch column at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

A resident of Seattle, Washington, who holds a bachelor's degree in fine art from Rhode Island School of Design, Fred exhibits widely in group and solo shows throughout Washington State and in a variety of arts venues elsewhere, including medical centers and retail concerns. Among other honors, he has been a featured artist on HGTV Design Stars' "All Stars" program and annually contributes to Seattle's LINK art program for teens. 

For today's Artist Watch, Fred has generously shared 10 images of current work, his Artist Statement, and a brief profile.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Thought for the Day

That's the nature of life, isn't it? To desire to make
meaning and then surrender to the mystery and
the repeat and repeat and repeat. [. . .]
~ Ada Limon

Quoted from Caits Meissner, "The Pen Ten: An Interview with Ada Limon", PENAmerica Online, June 2, 2022

Ada Limon, Award-Winning Poet and Writer; Host, "The Slowdown", American Public Media Poetry Podcast

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Thought for the Day

. . . . To open your heart to pain is to open your heart
to joy. [. . .] In your pain you find your values, and in
your values, you find your pain.
~ Dr. Steven Hayes


Quoted from Dr. Steven Hayes, "From Loss to Love", Psychology Today, June 18, 2018 (Quoted in Susan Cain, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole (Crown, 2022), page 94)

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Psychologist; Founder of ACT [Acceptance and Commitment] Therapy and Developer of Relational Frame Theory; Nevada Foundation Professor in Behavior Analysis, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada; Author

Susan Cain, Writer and Lecturer

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Thought for the Day

And if it's true we are alone, / we are alone together, /
the way blades of grass / are alone, but exist as a field. [. . .]
~ Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer


Quoted from Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, "Belonging" at A Hundred Falling Veils Blog, June 11, 2021
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Poet, Teacher, Retreat Leader, Performer in the Group "Heartbeat"

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Thought for the Day

[. . .] To see a situation is to catch the facts
of the matter. To behold it is to witness the story. [. . .]
~ Martin Shaw

Quoted from Martin Shaw, "Navigating the Mysteries" (Essay), Emergence Magazine, May 22, 2022

Martin Shaw, Writer, Artist, Teacher, Mythologist

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Thought for theDay

We must learn to invite the winter in.
~ Katherine May

Quoted from Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times (Riverhead Books, 2020), page 13

Katherine May, Fiction and Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Essayist       

Alison Engstrom, "Wintering: A Conversation with Author Katherine May", Rose & Ivy Journal, February 23, 2021

Thursday, June 16, 2022

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Carol Coates, MindsEye V
Mixed Media on Canvas
38" x 56"
Copyright © Carol Coates
The evocative, thought-provoking painter and mixed media artist Carol Coates is my selection for June's Artist Watch column at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

Born and educated in Michigan, Carol is an award-winning, multi-talented artist who works in a wide range of media, including oil and acrylic paints, photography, digital collage, and mixed media. Represented by galleries around the country, Carol currently maintains her home and studio in Ft. Myers, Florida.

For today's Artist Watch, Carol has treated us to images from one of her major, ongoing, and timeless series: "MindsEye". In addition, she has provided her Artist Statement and a brief biography, as well as links to her galleries and social media.