Category Archives: Art and Music

Leaving Memphis

  A mockingbird sang an eight-part song with no repeats, ceasing only at the insistent squeal of a fledgling. Now they are silent. Besides the basil and rosemary in the garden, my daughter has a fig tree and a crape … Continue reading

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Famous biologist Rich Kessin writes a novel with the best feminist twist I’ve read

Rich Kessin could almost be called a Houstonian since he loves the city and spends several periods a year with us. When he isn’t being a famous Columbia professor and mentor to the entire social amoeba community, it turns out … Continue reading

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If homesteaders had plenty of time, why don’t we?

   What if, in the last days of our lives we discover that we have been experiencing only a tiny sliver of the canvas of life? We may have used rich browns, deep reds, and luscious greens, but on a … Continue reading

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How to make friends – try decoupage

We shared the scissors and the glue. Sometimes I used a paintbrush, but mostly I just smeared the special glue on the scraps of paper with my fingers. We were decorating small boxes and jars with decoupage. The six of … Continue reading

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What it means to be a human – the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford

Bows, spears, axes, blowpipes, darts, boomerangs, traps, and harpoons, are things that humans have made so that they can trap and eat animal flesh. Humans make baskets and bowls to carry and prepare food. They have sleds, canoes, and kayaks … Continue reading

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Campfire songs in Big Bend National Park

Campfire songs follow a hard day paddling, a great meal, and a little wine, or bourbon. We couldn’t have a real campfire on the ground, but Far Flung had rigged a metal pan up about a foot with a tray … Continue reading

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Where the artists paint – open studios and art crawls, bigger in Houston

We went with Rick and Therese from studio to studio on that hot day in April, imagining other lives as artists (except Therese who is one), or as buyers of much art. … So, Houston, go on your art crawls; visit your open studios; enjoy your huge uninhibited spaces. IMG_6409.JPG Winter Street Studios is one of the best. IMG_6425.JPG IMG_6418.JPG Like my arty photo of art, and children? Continue reading

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