Fall 2006“Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.”- Barack Obama
"If fear is the ultimate enemy of freedom, Iraq is the least free society on earth." - Ramsey Clark
“Everybody knows that the boat is leaking, everybody knows that the captain lied”-Leonard Cohen
“Insanity, is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”- Albert Einstein
“We all know what reality is, but we can’t explain it”. - Alan Watts
Sometimes, I think I have a handle on things. Sometimes, I’m not so sure. Belief lingers. Doubt persists. But as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes states in her “Letter to a Young Activist”...
“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach... One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both, are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.”
As I’ve said before these are hard times for an optimist. But , recently, I finished a painting entitled “Return to Hope”, and it shows a young lit girl riding with many jaded older passengers on a Greyhound Bus returning to a place which is both in the future (out ahead of them) and simultaneously strangely remembered from their pasts.
Painting is going well in a new studio on Vashon Island in Puget Sound.
The exhibition of new paintings, “Manifest Destiny” opens at Winston Wachter Fine Art on November 9th.
Keep the Faith.