Sunday, May 30, 2021

Thought for the Day

Geography is life's limiting factor.
~Annie Dillard
Quoted from Annie Dillard, "Life on the Rocks: The Galapagos" in Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters  (Harper Perennial, 1982), page 125
Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Short Story Writer,  and Editor

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Thought for the Day

In the short-term, distractions can keep us from doing
the things we want to do. In the longer term, however,
they can accumulate and keep us from living the lives
we want to live, or, even worse, undermine our
capacities for reflection and self-regulation.
~James Williams
Quoted from James Williams, Philosophers Take on the World, in Hala Alyan, "Turn Towards the Dark: Fear, Courage, and Surrender", Emergence, April 29, 2021
Hala Alyan, Novelist (Salt Houses, The Arsonists' City), Poet, Essayist; Clinical Psychologist

James Williams, Technology Ethicist

Thursday, May 20, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Love, Bronze
31 cm x 48 cm x 8 cm
© Dan Reisner
I am thrilled to feature the internationally known sculptor Dan Reisner as the subject of May's Artist Watch column at the online magazine Escape Into Life.
A multidisciplinary artist who specializes in outdoor sculptures, Dan, who lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel, creates visually striking works characterized by his deep awareness of the spaces in which he sites his large-scale bronzes. His creative process takes into account, indeed embraces and builds from, his reflections on difficult events, including, most recently, the death of George Floyd. (An image of this marvelous and moving sculpture is included in my feature.)

Today's Artist Watch column showcases eight of Dan's extraordinary works, and includes his Artist Statement and a brief biography, as well as links to Dan's Website and social media venues.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Thought for the Day

Who would turn down God?
~ Raymond Antrobus
Quoted from Raymond Antrobus, "Echo" in The Perseverance (Tin House Books, 2021)
Raymond Antrobus, Award-Winning Poet, Writer, Educator

Read Raymond Antrobus's "Echo (A Deaf Sequence)" at Poetry Foundation

Mandana Chaffa, "Twelve Poetry Collections to Read in 2021", Chicago Review of Books, April 19, 2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Thought for the Day

It is better to speak / remembering/
we were never meant to survive.
~ Audre Lorde
Quoted from Audre Lorde, "A Litany for Survival" in The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (W.W. Norton, 1997)
Audre Lorde, American Poet and Writer

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Thought for the Day

As long as we deal with the real meaning of evil and sin by some 
means other than forgiveness and healing, we will keep projecting,
fearing, and attacking it over there ("scapegoating"), instead of
"gazing" on it within ourselves and "weeping" over it.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr
Quoted from Fr. Richard Rohr, "The Scapegoat Mechanism", March 28, 2021