Sunday, January 30, 2022

Thought for the Day

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have
found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be
imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted
with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants
are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. . . .
~ Frederick Douglass

Quoted from Frederick Douglass, Speech on West India Emancipation, Canandaigua, New York, August 3, 1857 (This speech can be found also at the Library of Congress.)

Frederick Douglass, (1817 or 1818-1895), African-American Social Reformer, Abolitionist, Orator, Writer

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Thought for the Day

To travel, above all, is to change one's skin.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Quoted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Southern Mail (Harcourt Brace, 1972)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), French Writer, Poet, Journalist, Aviator

Selina Hastings, "The Courageous, Intransigent Antoine de Saint-Exupery", The New Yorker, November 27, 1994

Meredith Hindley, "The Grown-Up Saint-Exupery", National Endowment for the Humanities, January/February 2016 
Pierre Lassus, "When Antoine de Saint-Exupery Disappeared", Literary Hub, August 1, 2017

Thursday, January 20, 2022

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Marcin Owczarek, The Last Bus to Paradise, 2021
Mixed Media Photography
26" x 39" or 40" x 60"
Copyright © Marcin Owczarek
Opening my 2022 Artist Watch columns at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life, I am particularly pleased to introduce today Marcin Owczarek.
Marcin, who currently lives and works in Belgium and is represented by Angela King Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, has long been fascinated by the effects and influence of new technologies, especially mechanization and standardization, and what they mean for our connections to and relationships with animals, nature, and each other. Using symbols, allusions, allegories, and metaphors, Marcin addresses in his surreal but profoundly poetic and philosophical artworks such important issues as animal rights, wildlife conservation, climate change, and environmental destruction. Each of his works sets us up to reflect upon and search for deeper meanings to life.

For today's Artist Watch, I showcase eight of Marcin's spectacular artworks, including his seminal "In Search of Utopia". In addition, I provide Marcin's Artist Statement, a brief biographical profile, and Website and social media links.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Thought for the Day

An opened heart is boundless; that is, unconditional in scope.
Once we are awakened to love as the lifelong purpose of our
hearts, then feeling love for all the world becomes the meaning
— and greatest joy — of living.
~ David Richo
Quoted from "Devotion — Our Sacred Hearts", Blog, The Center for Action and Contemplation, December 17, 2021 

David Richo, Psychotherapist, Author, Teacher, Workshop Leader

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Thought for the Day

I want to encourage the uncovering of what we mean
by the word devotion. We have to somehow live
a life that's connected to the heart.
~ Fr. Richard Rohr

Quoted from Fr. Richard Rohr, "A Return to Devotion — Feast Day of S. John of the Cross", Blog, The Center for Action and Contemplation, December 14, 2021
Fr. Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar and Theologian; Founder, The Center for Action and Contemplation; Writer and Author

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Thought for the Day

Like all great mysteries, we are all mysteriously called to love
no matter the conditions of our lives, the degree of our depravity
or despair. The persistence of this call gives us reason to hope.
Without hope, we cannot return to love.
~ bell hooks
Quoted from bell hooks, All About Love, in "'The world is a lesser place today without her.' Acclaimed author bell hooks dies at 69." Lexington Herald Leader, December 15, 2021

bell hooks (1952-2021), African-American Poet, Author, Critic, Feminist Icon, Public Intellectual, Professor