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"