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Bookstores Can Survive By Being Creative   1 comment

fitzsimmons1David Fitzsimmons,Tucso Arizona Daily Star — Source: CagleCartoon.com

Recently, Joy received a Bookmans gift card. Bookmans is more than just a bookstore, it’s an entertainment exchange with a commitment to the people and communities they have served for over forty years. While there, I selected three books: Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist — The Life and Legacy of Edward Abbey by James Bishop; The River of Doubt by Candie Millard; Spanish Essentials for Dummies, the last two in preparation for my August trip to the Amazon in northern Bolivia. — kenne

“I’m alright. It’s the world that is dysfunctioning.”

— from The Fool’s Progress by Edward Abbey

Street Magic   2 comments

Street Magic-2-72Street Magic In Las Vegas — Image by kenne

Everywhere you look
Vegas is an illusion
Running from the truth.

— kenne

Study Bookshelf — “I cannot live without books.”   2 comments

Book Shelf-2-art-blog.jpgStudy Bookshelf — “I cannot live with books.” Photo-Artistry by kenne

Son of a reader
I grew up a non-reader
Just a “slow bloomer.”

A high achiever
Branded as low potential
In school early on.

As a survivor
Libraries became my home
Learning about self.

— kenne

What Price Human Dignity   4 comments

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

— Bertrand Russell

This Old Porch Lincoln (1 of 1)-3 b-w blog“This Old Porch” — Image by kenne

At What Price Human Dignity

Our world is complex and confusing, actually, it’s a crazy world out there. Part of the craziness is the tendency to label and patronize groups in ways lacking of human dignity.  Such acts toward others deprive them of their dignity, the one thing that belongs to us.

“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!” Ceasar Chaves at the end of a fast and a Mass of Thanksgiving

Being a child of rural Alabama in the 1940’s, I was nurtured by a southern environment still recovering from the Great Depression.  To this day I possess images of poor working people who own little more than their dignity, each day a struggle not to lose.

Later, in my twenties, I saw some photos of tenant farmer families and immediately identified with the people in the images.  Walker Evans, who alone with James Agee were assigned by Fortune magazine in 1936 to document the lives of tenant farmers in Alabama, took the photos.   When Fortune declined to publish their work, Agee and Evens published a book entitled “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” in 1941.  Although the original edition only sold about 600 copies, today it is considered a classic in American art and many credit their work, alone with Roosevelt’s New Deal, for helping  address the depression era issues of social responsibility and human dignity.  Like so much art, especially that which affectively captures life’s anguish, this recognition came only after death.

“Conversation” — Image by kenne

Agee and Evans tried to distinguish between what was real and what was actual by avoiding judgment by a commitment to interaction — doing as they would be done by. 

It’s not always easy to make sense of what we may see while trying to learn what we believe and where our ethical concerns might require us to go. In doing so, we are drawn not to an explanation, but to the profound compliment dependence and use.

“Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”

— Erik H. Erikson

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Alabama2006-11-13-25Lincoln b-w blog“Rural Alabama” — Image by kenne

(First Posted October 8, 2008)

 

Western Smoke BBQ   1 comment

Western Smoke BBQ, Tucson, Arizona — B&W Image with Some Color Masked Through by kenne

“We shall not cease from exploration, . . . “   2 comments

Ventanna Canyon  (1 of 1) blogVentana Canyon Panorama — Image by kenne

We shall not cease from exploration,

and the end of all our exploring

will be to arrive where we started

and know the place for the first time.

— T. S. Eliot

— will affect me like music   Leave a comment

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“Tell me what you think Art is” — Image by kenne

Tell me what you think Art is — of you can

— ask a lot of people — and see if anybody knows . . .

You asked me about music — I like it better than anything

in the world — I like it better than anything

in the world — Color gives me the same thrill once in

a long long time — I can almost remember and count the times

— it is usually just the outdoors or the flowers — or a person —

sometimes a story — or something that will call a picture

to my mind — will affect me like music — 

Georgia O’Keeffe — Words/Works

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