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A pause

(Image by activist street artist Lmnopi. To view more of her amazing work, click here.) Amid all the hype and stress and overlapping political energies, I took time for an afternoon hike at L.A.’s Griffith Park. Life’s full of challenges.  If we maintain our calm center, they somehow seem less daunting.  Griffith Park is an oasis of peace in the midst of the busting metropolis. … Continue reading A pause

Gee Vaucher, Oh America! 1989, repurposed by the Daily Mirror to summarize the current election.

Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

This is a time for courage.  We cannot stand back. “Art is really about that moment. I just couldn’t take it any longer,” said artist Phillip Hyman about his hooded angel.  (Click the image for the full story at CNN.) We have to stand together against hate and art, the art of protest, can have a powerful impact. First they came for the Socialists, and … Continue reading Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

Oklahoma artist Stephen Grounds at the Plaza Walls Mural Expo

Art Crawl: What you never expected

1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only fully experience in person — like the feeling that the … Continue reading Art Crawl: What you never expected

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What Resonates

(Image by Cassie Stover as she created the mural at Plaza Walls.  More below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee who had been allocated this Oklahoma land in 1835 and began losing it to Anglos within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? Back in … Continue reading What Resonates

Silence would be a lie

Know much about the Maldives?  Me neither. The #FreeLucas hashtag got me curious this morning so I read up on the growing repression there and the missing journalists.  It’s an old story: * demagogue in office, any voices of opposition disappear; * Journalists looking for the missing disappear too; And back home in the United States, the Republican Party just elected a demagogue to be … Continue reading Silence would be a lie