Service To Others

“Together our fundamental worth is intrinsic. It’s based on kindness, compassion and generosity, the ability to give and receive love. Service to others has a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves as well as on how it makes others feel. There are many opportunities to serve, to switch our focus from ourselves to others.” — Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

The Helping Hand, Emile Renouf

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-9fa6-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

World After World

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“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”

— Anne Lamott    bird by bird

Painting:  Moments to Myself   Joseph Lorusso (American, 1966-)

 

 

Changes

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Hello! I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

I made some changes to my site. I found out that my previous theme called Bueno (which I had been using since 2012) is no longer supported by WordPress, so I had to install a new theme. I hope you like it. The new one is called Penscratch 2. I chose it because I like having a sidebar.

Now that I have more time at home because of COVID, I am going to post on my blog more.

Take care and talk to you soon.

When They Were Lost

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“I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.”

From the book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Painting by Edward Hopper Morning Sun 1952

I’m Painting Again

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I’m painting, I’m painting again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning my brain.

Pretty soon now, I will be bitter.
Pretty soon now, will be a quitter.
You can’t see it ’til it’s finished

I don’t’ have to prove…that I am creative!
All my pictures are confused
And now I’m going to take me to you.

Song: Artists Only
Album: More Songs About Buildings and Food
Sung by Talking Heads
Songwriters: David Byrne / Wayne Zieve
Painting Pink Window of Time by Rebecca Harp

 

Harness The Creative

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Graham Greene: He would structure his entire workday to harness the creative power of his dreams. He would draft new sections of a novel in the morning – tapping away until he had met his self-imposed daily quote of five hundred words – and then read them over before bed, leaving his subconscious to work during the night.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

I believe in thinking about a big problem before falling asleep, and seeing where my dreams take me, if I have any dreams at all!

Decotora Semi Trucks

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I read this article on the Messy Nessy website about Japanese Truckers. There is a book about them too, called Decotora: 1998-2007 Japanese Art Truck Scene. I’m almost tempted to buy the book. I hope that semis in the United States start decorating their trucks. Perhaps this is already being done in the US, but I don’t see many fancy semis driving through Wisconsin.