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Yearly Archives: 2014

The Black & White Challenge

Recently I took part in a fun tag experience on Facebook – The Black & White Challenge. It worked like this: someone (person/photographer/artist/friend/etc) nominates someone else (person/photographer/artist/friend/etc) to post one black and white photographic image (their own) a day for five days, and each day nominate another person/photographer/artist/friend/etc to do the same. And so on…

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askew

Earlier in the year. Later part of summer, which might have as well been the beginning. Or middle. I’m still astounded how quickly it passed. Tagged on either side by departure. What does it mean when trees grow sideways? Here’s a poem by Stephen Dobyns, a poet whose work I discovered by a fortunate accident…

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Splendor of the in-between

This is my Notebook: The in-between. My work is about moments that reveal a fragmented narrative. Summer is fading minute by minute now each evening. When I notice its dwindling twilight I’m surprised at the earlier time each day. It was still bright at this hour just a few weeks ago! Six more days left…

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Excerpts from Exile

Here’s a poem by Adam Zagajewski from Mysticism for Beginners:   TRANSFORMATION I haven’t written a single poem in months. I’ve lived humbly, reading the paper, pondering the riddle of power and the reasons for obedience. I’ve watched sunsets (crimson, anxious), I’ve heard the birds grow quiet and night’s muteness. I’ve seen sunflowers dangling their…

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Stormy Weather Jazz

Few weeks ago on a Sunday. 3491 feet above sea level. Ben Kohn’s Quartet opened the mountain-top Jazz Festival 2014 at Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock, MA. Ben Kohn Quartet: Benny “Fingers” Kohn on keyboard, Daniel Broad on bass, Aaron Dean on sax, and Bill Chapman on drums. Bravo! When I think back.. The cloud…

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An Artist’s Studio: Susan Hartung

Recently I visited Susan Hartung’s studio on North Street in downtown Pittsfield. Susan is getting ready for a retrospective of her work curated by Peter Dudek, which will be exhibited this September at the HVCC Teaching Gallery in Troy, NY. Susan’s art encompasses painting, drawing and some photography. She is also a poet. Experiencing her work,…

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Last chance to register for Magic Woods workshop!!!

My The Magic Woods workshop is happening this Sunday, June 22nd starting at 10:00 am. If you’re interested in participating please register ASAP. This is a fun, instructive and inspiring workshop designed to help you see things in a different way and it’s a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors as we take couple…

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Insistence of Hope – a poem by Susan Hartung

Insistence of Hope When I think how long I wanted you to be other, I can hardly fault the cat who, finding rain at the kitchen door, asks to be let out through the porch. by Susan Hartung from Inclusions, a book of her poems published by An Elephant Tree House Book in 2011 Susan…

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