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When customs dictate behavior

On Friday mornings I head off on my bike into our little berg with my pack full of painting supplies. I lock my bike at a cafe and pull out a large ceramic mug and buy a bottom-less cup of … Continue reading

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Which Picasso are you?

  Would you choose the blue period? Cubist? African? Surreal? If I were a Picasso painting, I would be a cube. Fact is, I find comfort in numbers, straight lines, rulers and answers. I don’t do well with uncertainty. But … Continue reading

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When is a shoebox more than a shoebox?

I have a fistful of postcards in search of a letterbox. Today we’re in San Francisco, heavy with rich coffee and notes to friends, and I’m searching for a blue repository for our Bay Area greetings. Our trip last month … Continue reading

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Green or Blue?

Digging into words can be tricky And not everyone agrees with the theories about how words mean, which can drive you crazy. The most basic, common-sense idea is that people who hear messages invoke their own sense of what they … Continue reading

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The Invisibility of Being Native

A Conversation with Native Americans on Race No matter who you are, if you are Native American, your opinions and experiences are marginalized to the point of invisibility in American society and culture. That’s a quote from today’s New York … Continue reading

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Practice, practice, practice

A fistful of rocks Practice, practice, practice. I told my art teacher my new mantram is practice, practice, practice. He doesn’t know he is also my new Zen Roshi. I’m taking a watercolor class this summer–my first–and each painting is … Continue reading

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Propaganda’s Tree of Knowledge

Today’s Maxim: To be well dressed is a little like being in love I teach propaganda—and the truth is, the class teaches itself. Examples can be plucked like low-hanging cherries from the Propaganda Tree of Knowledge.

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