1. I didn’t leave the neighborhood this weekend because my five-year old grandson Bryce and his 3-year old brother Liam slept over, but I still took in some art when I picked Bryce up at my neighbor Elisha’s house, where he was playing with her five-year old son. Elisha has a straw bale home that she’s decorating the outside base of with a mosaic of broken dishes and whimsical knickknacks, most of which have personal stories.
2. Bryce: Blue and red are good favorite colors because when blood is inside you it’s blue and outside blood is red. Me: Is that why red and blue are your favorite colors? Bryce: I liked them before my teacher told me that.”
3. Facebook status update by my friend Lora: “I just saw a dude with a tee-shirt that said, “Fighting Solves Everything”. Ironically, I wanted to whack him upside the head, but decided to let this one pass, realizing that fighting does not solve everything. I believe what is due to this dude will come and I need not force the matter.”
4. I went from researching Ron Woodroof of Dallas Byers Club fame to Tonsillectomies in children, from reading about the CDC announcement of the rise of autism diagnoses to watching a youtube clip of Dumb and Dumber (requested by my grandsons).
5. Saying that vaccines are definitively not a factor in the holocaust of autism (now one in sixty children) is like saying the Big Bang rules out the existence of God when they can both easily exist together.
6. Now there are reports saying that children with autism show abnormalities in the brain that were likely to have taken place before birth, which is being presented as another argument that vaccines don’t play a role in the prevalence of the disorder. But that information only makes me think all the more that some children are more vulnerable and susceptible to the onslaught of vaccines given. The more the vaccine regimen increases, so do autism diagnoses (49 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of 6). It’s also possible that the increase of routine prenatal ultrasounds are related to the rise in autism, as reported HERE.
7. I saw a sign on Facebook that said, “The concept of prisons for profit is wrong because it creates a demand for prisoners, which made me think, “The concept of health care for profit is wrong because it creates a demand for sick people.
8. You can’t talk about mudslides without also talking about clear cut logging: It is human nature, if not the American way, to look potential disaster in the face and prefer to see a bright and shining lie. The “taming” of this continent, in five centuries and change, required a mighty mustering of cognitive dissonance. As a result, most of us live with the danger of wildfire, earthquake, tornado, flooding, drought, hurricane or yet-to-be-defined and climate-change-influenced superstorm. A legacy of settlement is the delusion that large-scale manipulation of the natural world can be done without consequence.” Read more from the New York Times Op Ed “A Mudslide Foretold” HERE.
9. Bryce making signs for a Zombie game: “If Hopa (Opa) presses the Bryce button, hearts fall out of the sky.”
10. Liam gave me a big compliment. While watching the Dumb and Dumber clip, he saw Lauren Holly, pointed and said, “That’s you, Nana.
11. I woke up wanting to see / the crane migration in Nebraska / or at least an ostrich in the zoo / Clouds swept past my window / like a clock unwinding / like the ghosts of lost loved-ones departing … Read the rest of Morning Commute HERE.
12. Honey-colored paper cradles, archetypical arks carrying milkweed seed pods, an installation of maple bark pieces created from storm fallen trees, a branch where exhibit-goers leave handwritten messages are all part of the exhibit. Most of the displayed sculptures are two-sided, such as an egg-shaped piece that features a fern embedded photograph on one side and a shadow box holding river rocks and other found objects on the other. Searching, devotion and connection are some of the photograph subject matters that are depicted by models representing “every man and woman.” More from my story on Gibby Waitzkin’s art HERE.