Writings

LET THEM EAT CAKE

LET THEM EAT CAKE

Yesterday morning I went to have blood work done …  oh joy. Then I went grocery shopping … ditto the joy. While at the store, as a reward, I bought all the ingredients to make a carrot cake … a healthy cake … as a present to myself. A cake full of vegetables and raisins and nuts. What could be…

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COWLICKS

COWLICKS

Memory is an odd thing. After two years, the memory of going through chemotherapy has faded. I certainly recall that it was god-awful, and made me sicker than anyone ever really needs to be. But the actual physical feelings induced by heavy-duty chemicals coursing through my veins … those have faded. Chemo is now really…

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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY

LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY

I have found that I really enjoy the process of creating landscapes entirely from memory. After years of painting from reference photos, it is exciting to manipulate reality to fit how a memory looks in my mind’s eye. These three landscapes represent three entirely different places in three entirely different times, and yet they live…

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GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF

GETTING AHEAD OF MYSELF

I’m getting ahead of myself … What an odd expression. Like it is possible to stay even, let alone get ahead of anything these days. Although I suppose it might possibly explain Deja vu … that feeling that you have been there and done that, and took a million pictures of the occasion. Deja vu…

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TESSERAE WORKS

TESSERAE WORKS

It has been a long-drawn-out winter here, and the extreme cold has meant that I have been unable to use oil paints for the duration. Instead I have been exploring a new technique which I refer to as Tesserae. These, like the piece in progress pictured above, are created using old paintings that have been…

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

Here’s a thought … Absentmindedness … is it a curse or a blessing? Is it possible absentmindedness is a physiological function that allows us to accomplish tasks without thinking? I just read about how dolphins and whales sleep with only one half of their brains, leaving the other half awake to take care of business.…

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED

SPRING HAS ARRIVED

Last week I went to the Mt Holyoke College greenhouse show of spring bulbs. Like the show at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, it is an annual extravaganza of color and a real shot-in-the-arm for those of us that are more than ready for the end of winter. Just seeing all that color was intoxicating.  The…

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TIME TO SPRING FORWARD

TIME TO SPRING FORWARD

Last week I awoke to the lovely sound of a bird singing outside my bedroom window. It was so lovely to lie there contemplating the arrival of spring, and the end of winter here in New England. However, after a while it dawned on me that the bird song was uncharacteristically regular and sort of…

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DEAD PHONE

DEAD PHONE

This past week I had the super fun experience of dealing with the death throes of a malfunctioning phone.  On Wednesday, my perpetually cranky cordless phone really wigged out and would not allow me to exit the intercom function. I had hit the intercom button by accident, and though I had never before been involved…

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TIME

TIME

Sometimes it really feels as if I am living in a time warp … you know, like some sort of weird worm hole has opened up and swallowed my time and left me with only the bits and pieces that weren’t prime. Father Time has a voracious appetite, but is at the same time a…

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