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When I allow myself to goof off in my studio… Continue reading
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Yesterday I placed Google’s ART MOVEMENTS as the first item on my browser (link below). G going to this site before the news might be better for my soul. As I hack my art education, I’m going to create or curate work(s) in the style & order the movements appear on the site. Continue reading
Some mornings I feel settled, calmly visiting with Jeff over coffee, reading what I choose, editing photos, and having a bit of discipline not to jump from thought to thought.
Today, however, was definitely not one of those days, maybe the snow threw me off, yesterday was SPRING for goodness sake.
I looked at my browser history for some insight. I could somewhat follow my own tracks. However, if I disappeared today even the most intuitive detective would not know where to begin to understand my bread crumbs…sourdough, whole wheat, cranberry walnut, cheddar jalapeno, then a lone Dorito perhaps?
OOhhhh, I want a cheddar jalapeno bagel now, I can finish this later…or maybe not at all.
Try being a detective and see if you can decipher your own state of mind. I didn’t solve anything. However, I am stepping away from the screen for a while and doing something else.
Here are my links, as if you don’t have enough bread crumbs of your own.
Father and Daughter by Paul Simon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQPSoRFdwg
Trust your intuition
It’s just like going fishin’
You cast your line and
Hope you get a bite
Today, I awakened at 4:38
easily defeated need for sleep
I know writing a blog post about my feelings to a small audience won’t accomplish anything to curb gun violence. What I could do today though was dig into statistics, distill them, and provide their sources. Whatever we do individually to educate ourselves and inform our actions can potentially have a collective impact.
Firearms became the leading cause of death for American children and teenagers in 2020.
This sad fact represents a major shift in risks for young people in the U.S. For over 60 years, car accidents were the leading cause of death for kids and teens. Car accidents are now number two, while drug overdoses are number three. —TIME MAGAZINE
45,222 firearm-related deaths in the U.S. in 2020
4,358 in total—were children
1994 the assault weapons ban went into effect—there were about 400,00 AR-15 rifles in America then.
In 2004 the federal ban on assault weapons expired.
Today, there are 20 million.
Assault weapons are military-style firearms intended to fire multiple rounds in quick succession – killing people quickly with little effort. They can be used with detachable magazines that can fire more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Assault weapons were primarily designed for use in war and battlefields. But because there’s no federal restriction on the sale of these weapons, civilians have been able to purchase assault weapons to carry out some of our nation’s deadliest mass shootings. —SANDY HOOK PROMISE
This is a hostage situation…Pew Research shows that 81% of Americans believe in some common-sense gun laws.
Here’s a link to the congressmen and senators who benefit the most by NOT supporting what their constituents want in gun policy.
GUNS AS LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/22/1094364930/firearms-leading-cause-of-death-in-children
TIME MAGAZINE: https://time.com/6170864/cause-of-death-children-guns/
EDUCATION WEEK/27 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS THIS YEAR ALONE: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/school-shootings-this-year-how-many-and-where/2022/01
ASSAULT WEAPONS: —Heather Cox Richardson, Letters from an American, May 26th—Subscribe on Substack for a daily email that puts news from a historical perspective from a historian. https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/
TEXT OF ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN BILL IN 1994: https://www.congress.gov/bill/103rd-congress/house-bill/4296/text
EXTREME RISK LAWS empower law enforcement and, depending on the jurisdiction, family members, health professionals, and school administrators, among others, to work with courts to temporarily remove firearms from those who pose a danger to themselves or others. Extreme risk laws have the power to prevent suicides, mass shootings, and interpersonal violence. (Note: only 19 states have these laws on the books.)
EXTREME RISK LAWS: https://everytownresearchorg/rankings/law/extreme-risk-law/
...The Pew polling found that significant majorities of Americans support background checks (81 percent), an assault-weapons ban (63 percent), and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines (64 percent); a majority also opposes concealed carry of weapons without a permit. Majorities of Republicans who don’t own guns shared those opinions, as did Democratic gun owners, by even more lopsided margins. Even most Republicans who do own guns said in the polling that they support background checks and oppose permitless concealed carry (which more red states, including Texas, are authorizing). Despite all of this, Republican elected officials, in their near-lockstep opposition to gun control, have bent to groups like the NRA in equating almost any restrictions as a sign of disrespect to the values of red America. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2022/05/senate-state-bias-filibuster-blocking-gun-control-legislation/638425/
John Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions: https://publichealth.jhu.edu/departments/health-policy-and-management/research-and-practice/center-for-gun-violence-solutions
FOLLOW THE MONEY $$$$$$$$$: https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators
FOLLOW THE MONEY: The majority of Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that are proven to reduce deaths. But in 2019, the NRA spent $3.22 million to benefit the political campaigns of senators who oppose gun safety legislation. In 2020, they spent $2.20 million. These senators refuse to support common-sense gun reform, like expanding Brady Background Checks and banning assault weapons. https://elections.bradyunited.org/take-action/nra-donations-116th-congress-senators
interior ruckus—part one i had no idea at twenty-nine an unfamiliar inner voice so bossy, persuasive now, right now hormonal messengers working overtime baby, baby, baby OR so i assumed... in my 20s, i knew so little about my biology youth doesn't ask many questions baby, baby, baby oh, to possess that blissful ignorance again i understand now… my ancient biology didn’t take over, my private sociology did interior ruckus of age & expectations my societal & familial programming working overtime
interior ruckus—part two period late hopeful & cautious baby, baby, baby a September birthday? NOPE, not this month my body sighed moons passed late again my body whispered, YES a winter birthday? baby, baby, baby my son arrived late in February all giant and squirmy and mine three years later that familiar drumbeat my personal sociology our son needs a sibling my body whispered again maybe baby? Saturday—NO Monday—YES, and... babies, in my wife? baby A & baby B gritty little homesteaders inhabitants of my territory overlapping claims our complex symbiosis my daughters arrived in the middle of May all tiny and squirmy and mine
interior ruckus—part three mothering through menopause hormones tectonic & not just mine age and expectations divergent boundaries epicenters evershifting interior ruckus a lifetime spent studying the waves vibrations recorded push and pull energy released expected motherhood's seismic shift less vigilance now required when monitoring underground movement tremors are expected
Modernism (1875-1960) The responses of modernists to modernity range from triumphal celebration to agonized condemnation and differ in mode from direct picturing of the impacts of modernization to extreme renovations of purely artistic assumptions and practice. —Google Arts & Culture
Standing Girl, Egon Schiele c. 1908-1909
I know my interpretation of Egon’s-Standing Girl doesn’t possess the same raw sexuality in any way. However, slowing down is shifting my perspectives in many ways & not just in my creative work.
Impressionism (1860 - ...) Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light...ordinary subject matter...crucial element of human perception and experience. —Google Arts & Culture
Baroque (1600 - 1725) Usage of the term is often extended to the whole period 1600–1750 without qualifying restrictions, or improperly to mean a florid and elaborate style in art, architecture, music or literature, of any date from late antiquity to the early 20th century. —Google Arts & Culture