It’s been a busy late winter/early spring & I’ve fallen behind on some of my weekly blog posts. Today I want to restart the Thursday Artworks posts with an artist named Vinnie Sutherland. She does incredible work, using photographs, metalworking, and pieces from nature.
I’m out of town this weekend, down in Clarksville, Tennessee, visiting my son James & his lovely new wife Crystal. James is in the Army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, so they have a small apartment in Clarksville, which is right next to Fort Campbell. If you have ever heard the Monkees song “Take the Last Train to Clarksville”, this is what the song is about … a GI telling his girl to get to him before he’s deployed to Vietnam. With the current situation, I wanted to see my boy before he could be deployed to Poland to help with the Ukrainian refugee situation.
James and Crystal and two little kitties, both strays they have taken in recently. Freya is a sweet little calico, much bigger than when they first found her, and Leon (named after the character in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is a new addition to the house … still very scared of everything. He wouldn’t come out to greet me. I had to get a picture of him hiding under the bed.
In this time when Vladimir Putin is threatening the safety of the entire world, not just the safety of the so-called Free World? In this time when the possibly oldest democracy in the world is being run by a petty drunken BoJo-ish clown of a dictator who refuses to give up power after being thoroughly criticized by his own Party, let alone the people of the nation he is supposed to be guiding? In this time when in the United States of Idiots tyrannical State leaders are legislating laws that take away freedom from Women, People of Colour, pPeople of Alternate Lifestyles, People of differing religious or non-religious thoughts and ideals, and even taking away the basic act of any democracy, the act of voting? In this time when in Canada the vocal minority is more important than the silent majority? And in this time where whatever is happening in…
“On pavements and the bark of trees I have found whole worlds.” – Mark Tobey
“There is no end to the beauty for the person who is aware. Even the cracks between the sidewalk contain geometric patterns of amazing beauty.” – Matthew Fox
“You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.” – Stephen King
“The first sidewalks made their appearance around 2000 BCE in what is now Turkey, and there is evidence that both the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated roadside pedestrian footpaths in their cities.” – Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
“The sidewalks were long where I grew up. They were as veined as the backs Of my Grandma’s hands…” – Colleen J. McElroy
Ostara/Spring Equinox /Vernal Equinox March 20th -22nd
A point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year. Night and day are of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But the year is now waxing and at this moment light defeats the dark. The natural world is coming alive, the Sun is gaining in strength and the days are becoming longer and warmer. The gentle whispered promise of Imbolc is fulfilled in the evident and abundant fertility of the Earth at Ostara. It is time for the hopes of Imbolc to become action. The energy is expansive and exuberant. It is the first day of Spring! Ostara takes its name after the Germanic goddess, Eostre/Ostara, who was traditionally honoured in the month of April with festivals to celebrate fertility, renewal and re-birth. It…