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Finding


These days, as I age and slow down a bit, I am finding myself less and less inclined to rush past precious things in search of many or impressive or self-anesthetizing things.  I am letting go of things like board membership, speaking engagements, impressive job titles and things like …well...

The shell and the red balloon


Shahnit's Shell When I moved to an island in the Salish Sea, a friend gave me some shells he had found on a beach one day.  We agreed that I would spend some time with them and, in time, find some shells and agate stones here on this island, and...

legacy


Totem Poles near my home on the edge of the Salish Sea We humans like to leave a mark behind which says :”I was here.” We wonder what will be left behind when we die?  Was it good people raised, big churches built, good sermons written, good art in homes...

The Letter from Charlie


A family lap desk and some paper. Thousands of years ago letters were written. Love letters. Administrative letters.  Coded letters.  Anarchy letters, Sedition letters. Kill-the-king letters. Military letters. Letters from people in places like Corinth and Thessoloniki, Rome and Ephesis.  Letters from people like Titus, Philemon and Timothy or perhaps...

Lectio Terrestria: Reading in the Cathedral of the Earth.


The stream trickles and flows, pours and swirls; God wears the shimmering wet like a diva between banks. The lily wears white, the yellow of a lemon, the red of a woodpecker; God wears her clothes, even with a red hat, yellow chiffon, white gloves. The black rose and purple...

Purring


New Mexico Sunset glaze, cascading, Cone 6, Oxidation, Stoneware, 2018 The constellations of colors created by just two glazes on this urn – one poured over the other – in this few inches tell me everything I need to know about that entity we call “God.”  The sister vase to...

A new kind of Epiphany


“Do you see this woman?” says Jesus in Luke’s version of this story of the anointing of Jesus’ feet. Epiphany comes from the word for manifestation, not brightness. Can we see the making manifest of beauty or do we just look for sin? Of course they see this woman.  She...

Milk Bones and Oreos


We like to think death and evil(s) are Lenten while birth and joy are Christmassy.  Not convinced.  It meets are aged need for dualism and compartmentalizing but that is not a good long-term strategy for coping. It kicks the can down the road. They say that getting out of Hell...

lights and chocolate


Epiphany This is one of my recent works for the Weyrich Art Gallery in Albuquerque.  It is called “Epiphany” for the star in the midnight blue of the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany - seasons of longing, labor and brightness.  It is stoneware in a Blue Orion glaze with...