Saturday, July 03, 2010


Some of my visual art: You Reckon and I Declare from a 2010 group exhibition at the Jon F. Lott Gallery, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. 

Inkjet on cotton paper on panel, 9" x 12" x 1.5".

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What am I reading? Books on economics and history and gardens: The Forgotten Man by Amity Shales (Harper Collins, 2007). This is well-written and a needed perspective, but out of 390 pages child labor is only mentioned once (p. 285). The Uncertainty of Everyday Life 1915-1945 by Harvey Green (Harper Collins, 1992) fills in the narrative with stories about how, for example, 1n 1935 30% of urban working class people on the East Coast took the trolley to work. Then the auto companies and oil companies bought up the trolley companies and suddenly - very quickly - inexpensive, relatively clean electric transportation disappeared. Shenanigans and good works happen at all levels of the economic system, of course. But I think there were many forgotten men and women and children, and too often their stories are not told until it is politically expedient to do so.

Too many garden books to mention. Later.

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