As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”


View above The University of Kansas.
View above The University of Kansas.

I awoke this morning at 4 a.m. in my new apartment in Lawrence, KS. I guess it’s official now. Or is it official when everything I own isn’t randomly spread about on the floor?

Looking forward to great new experiences in #LFK.


mael•strom māl-strəm

n. A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius.


The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but rather the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

∽ Glenn Gould

Kingfisher

Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.
Kingfisher, Kyra Mills, 2020, gouache.

Wildlife conservationist Kyra Mills does wonderful paintings of her favorite subjects.


Êtes-vous Prêt?

Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake, by Thomas Eakins.
Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake, by Thomas Eakins.

All mariners know that when you are in a boat facing the bow, the port side is on your left, starboard on the right.

If however, you are a rower, an oarsperson, you may have spent a considerable amount of … the rest “Êtes-vous Prêt?”


We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. But then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings… The name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.

∽ Ursula K. Le Guin

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Everything about this performance is just astounding. From the train station venue to Tharpe’s prescient playing at the dawn of Rock and Roll.

Jaw dropping performance. Listen to this and then listen to everything else YouTube has of her. You … the rest “Sister Rosetta Tharpe”


Chicken, pasta salad and rice.

I took Marilyn Jane to a place she likes to eat called Hawaiian Bros. They specialize in different flavors of marinated chicken. We ate about six chickens between us I think.

It was my first trip out to a restaurant in almost seven months. The place looks like it used to be a car dealership, but that allows for diners to be spaced quite a distance from each other.

I’m past the point where I should have made some decisions about my meat consumption and how I’m going to participate in the climate change economy, but it was a wonderful moment of semi-normalcy with her.


Tom Seaver (1944-2020)

Tom Seaver
Tom Terrific.
The Greatest Met.

Seaver won the National League (NL)’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and won three NL Cy Young Awards as the league’s best pitcher. He is a 12-time All-Star. Seaver is the Mets’ all-time leader in wins, … the rest “Tom Seaver (1944-2020)”


Today is the Birthday of Art Pepper

Art Pepper
Photo by Ray Avery.

In my opinion one of the greatest jazz men to ever pick up the alto-saxophone.

To commemorate the date. Here’s September Song.


Cover art. On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation
A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation

First Paragraph:

You missed that. Right now, you are missing the vast majority of what is happening around you. You are missing the events unfolding in your body, in the distance, and right in front of you.

—Alexandra Horowitz. “On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation.” 2013

We are learning to do a great many clever things…The next great task will be to learn not to do them.

∽ G.K. Chesterton

Melania the Erudite

Trump supporters I know are virtue signaling expressing outrage over people poking fun at Melania Trump’s accent.

I must admit, it really is petty and it seems like lazy small-ball when you consider the real awfulness you could go after.… the rest “Melania the Erudite”


Bless His Teenage Heart

Kyle Rittenhouse
Not all heroes wear capes. (Some wear Crocs.)

Three people shot, two are dead, but let’s make sure we have the correct “context” for a teenager wielding an assault rifle on American streets.

“Well, you don’t know what happened before he shot those people. It looks like he … the rest “Bless His Teenage Heart”


If you want to distill out the essence of Kimberly Guilfoyle’s raving animatronic moment at the Republican National Convention last night, you should start by imagining the vast emptiness of space…


The only way to save America from the failures of the current president is to elect Donald Trump in 2020!

~The Republican National Committee