Posted on June 7, 2020
“Injustice, bigotry and racism are deeply entrenched in the country we all love, and have been since its origination. The senseless and preventable murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – and so many others, both names known and unknown – have reignited a deep, raw and unresolved pain and frustration among many, especially Black Americans.”
I am quoting the above paragraph from a communication I received from King Soopers because I am a local customer of this Kroger Company food store. That is the introduction to a web page of resources that is so well done I wanted to share it with you.
I was delighted
I was delighted to get access to this information about combatting injustice, bigotry and racism because I am someone who abhors violence and has never considered himself racist. And, I have been thinking a lot about race issues lately. In fact after watching the video of the killing of George Floyd I was anguished and grief stricken and could not get racism and violence off my mind. I thought to myself – I don’t know how to support positive change nor even have a conversation about it. Perhaps you, like me, have been thinking “What can I do to help?” “How can support others and be active in my desire to see and treat all others as equals and with love and compassion? ” How can I help stop the institutionalized racism in the country and the world?”
How Can I Help?
Each of us will have to search our own souls and decide what is actions are most important to us. I am determined to not just be ” a kind guy who hasn’t got a racist bone in my body,” to someone who acknowledges that if I am not part of the solution, I am part of the problem – in ways that I act, that I shop, that I vote or that I remain silent.. I urge you to support Black Lives Matter and/or other anti-racism initiatives. Take a look at the excellent resource guide that King Soopers sent. It contains many things to help you and to help you to support the cause.
From my heart to yours, be well and safe during these difficult times. Let’s all find ways to come together and put an end to racism.
Posted on June 3, 2020
What if you could visualize my piece of wall art Spirit of Yucca in your room? Many find visualizing helpful in planning a purchase. The photo below shows a 16 x 24 framed (the frame adds approximately 2 inches) print of the photo art Yucca Spirit hung in a contemporary dining room. I will post various samples of room types and wall art sizes in this blog under the category “sample room.” Click the drop down link under Photo Art Gallery. Of course you can purchase Spirit of Yucca in different sizes of wall art at my Photo Art Gallery and this week it is on sale at 25% off.
Posted on June 3, 2020
What if you could visualize my piece of wall art It’s Spring in your room? Many find visualizing helpful in planning a purchase. The photo below shows a 20 x print of the photo art it’s Spring hung in a contemporary dining room. The ready-to-hang metal prints and Thin Wraps would both look like this. Everything in the room is in proper proportion. I will post various samples of room types and wall art sizes in this blog under the category “sample room.” Click the drop down link under Photo Art Gallery. Of course you can purchase It’s Spring in different sizes of wall art at my Photo Art Gallery and this week it is on sale at 25% off.
Posted on May 27, 2020
Readers of this blog are very often nature lovers and art lovers and I know would enjoy a view through Windows On The Woods – now on display virtually and by appointment at Kreuser Gallery. The wonderful art of this show is created by fabulous artist and tree hugger Deb Komitor.
I was recently invited by gallery owner and artist Abigail Kreuser and my tree-hugger friend Deb to participate in the stream of virtual events arranged to help people see, enjoy and buy this inspiring often majestic art show, Windows On The Woods, even during this time of social distancing. I chose to write and record an arrangement for strings and performed that piece plus some spontaneous improvisation with and to the trees on display. The video is below. Oh, and no extra charge for my stunning Corona homemade haircut. Enjoy! Joseph
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Posted on May 27, 2020
No, I am not a superstitious person but I really dig Stevie Wonder and love his rendition of the song Superstition! Today I just had to share a video of ChadLB and his virtual big band playing the livin’ daylights out of the song superstition. Chad Leftkowitz-Brown is a young, genius saxophonist and music educator who has taught me a few tricks though webinars and the awesome jazz study material he creates. He is also an inspiring marketer and his with his ability and energy has continued to grow his reputation and his music business even during these difficult Coronatimes. As I might say to some of my hip friends: ” Get you some of this here jive!” ChadLB and Superstition. Listen up and put new energy into your day and your life.
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Posted on May 21, 2020
Enjoying my hike at dawn, I was snapping photos of new growth in plants, blossoms and trees when I came upon winter’s gift to spring. I was attracted to the translucent green of illuminated leaves on the inner branches of an old oak tree. I pushed my camera lens between the branches and peered in to find winter’s gift of a sprig of lovely bronze leaves – still here, still filled with infinite energy and still giving of their beauty and grace. I find a certain kinship with these fellow old timers. I aspire to have some of my creations bring joy after my season is over .
Posted on May 20, 2020
First sight of a ruffled spring dress
I walked past many blooming crabapple trees on the way to school in the small east coast town I grew up in. I remember their pinkness and the dark cherry colored, dare to eat one, tart fruit. They were just part of the background and landmarks on a long walk as I told myself ” I hope I’m not late.”Today, walking at a more deliberate pace I looked closely at a blossom of prairie crabapple tree and for a moment I saw a little girl wearing a pink, ruffled spring dress. The memory of myself as an innocent youth brought a momentary sweet melancholy.
Posted on May 19, 2020
I have never seen a purple cow or an orange iris… until I met this orangealicious beauty this morning. I sometimes visit a city garden just after sunrise and am usually alone. My habit is to walk round and round among the plants and flowers to watch the sunlight trickling through the neighboring trees awaken the garden leaf by leaf. I took my fill of photos and was headed for the exit when I spied a flash of color at the corner my left eye and turned and there she was – orangealicious. Life is like that. When I give up striving to make something happen, that which I was destined to discover or experience just shows up.
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Posted on May 18, 2020
This sprig of oak chose to make a regal entrance to the day sporting purple garb and covered in jewels of water droplets. I chose to give her the royal treatment by providing a textured background. As they say: “First impressions are everything.” Well now it is your turn. The day is started. Go ahead, make your entrance. Enjoy!
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Posted on May 17, 2020
It has been a very long time since I last held a newborn baby in my arms but I still remember. I remember feeling tender and awestruck. Being in the presence of such beauty and peace was a spiritual experience. My body slowed down and I was beyond thinking. I just melted into the being-ness of that sweet innocence. I had a similar experience meeting this newborn oak sprig this morning. Less than a minute in the company of these tender leaves and I was reconnected with the miracle of nature… and with myself. Enjoy.
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