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Racism in Our Family

Racism In Our Family or Community: The Naked Reveal Of Self-Loathing

A few years ago I stunned an art patron when they made a negative remark about a person of color. I told them that the words they used to describe that person was what they were actually feeling about themselves. Racism reflects something in a person much deeper than skin pigment. Racism is a tell. Racism is …

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Climate Evolution Is A Choice; It’s Time To Stop Cutting Living Trees For Sport

Pain and disgust filled my body as the long bed truck pulled up beside my car at the light. The corpse of a glorious tree, at least nine feet tall, extended over the cabs top, making it at least 12 years old. My only thought was, “how can anyone be that unconscious?” In 2020 alone, 4.2 million …

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Other America - Cultural Literacy and Tolerance

The Other America: Cultural Literacy & Tolerance

In a pre pandemic world I once walked into a Chase bank preparing for a trip to New Zealand. The Lake Merritt area of Oakland is six miles from San Francisco in a highly educated, successful area. I walked up to the teller with my account information and asked for the exchange rate for New …

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No More Fireworks

No More Fireworks: The Cost On Society and their Racist Origins

Every year fireworks accost my neighborhood.They are illegal and there are $1000.00 fines for their use. Fireworks traumatize many veterans with PTSD, including myself. Their cacophony can cause months of nightmares, or require the necessity of extra therapy. Some vets can be violent. During the Vietnam War, soldiers were not allowed to spend more than …

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Muted Warnings and An Invisible Killer: Why Are Scientists & Doctors Being Ignored About 5G?

The Roman Empire slowly committed suicide by lead poisoning. They added it to their food as a sweetener, cooked in lead pots, added it to their make-up, and piped in via their water through contaminated pipes. Mount Vesuvius engulfed the city of Pompeii in A.D. 79 before the residents could act. In the end it …

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Awaken Cultural Intelligence through the Arts

Insulated Societies And Fear: Awakening Cultural Intelligence Through The Arts

The Covid-19 quarantine has catapulted humanity into a new phase of global awareness through internet-based interaction. Professional and community based online communication has become a literal life stream. Sadly, prior to the pandemic, we had already started to see a push towards cultural isolationism as a knee jerk rejection of globalism by the fearful. Insular societies …

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Poetry Online - National Poetry Month on KPFA Radio

Poetry Online: Featured on KPFA Radio for National Poetry Month

On Saturday, May 2, I was honored to be invited to read two of my poems for National Poetry Month 2020, on  KPFA radio’s B.A.J.A.B.A. on JaZzLine (Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists).  The poems read (in order) are Spirit Chaser (Guide for the Departing) and The In-Between.  Destiny Muhammad provides the amazing background music for …

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Paintings under Glass - Mitch Griffith - Detail of Man In The Frame

Why Are Some Paintings Under Glass? Glazed and Confused?

Many museum visitors are aware that a single drop of moisture can destroy a drawing, watercolor, gouache, or tempera but rarely consider how vulnerable they are to UV damage. Varnished oil paintings do not need this protection and therefore making it perplexing when we see one under glass in a frame. As a trained curator, …

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Ecorche - Scott Eaton Anatomy Course

Écorché: The Art and Science of Seeing Through Others

Écorché is a word coined by the École Des Beaux Arts to describe a figure that is drawn, painted, or sculpted without skin to reveal the muscles and bones below. It literally translates to “flayed or skinned”. In Western Europe this teaching practice went back to the Italian Renaissance. Long associated with masters such as Leonardo da …

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Eighty-four Mahasiddhas - Buddhist Tantra - Urièl Danā

The Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas: Understanding Buddhist Imagery

The Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas are historical figures that lived between the eighth and twelfth centuries that achieved great accomplishments. A more western definition is that a “siddha” is someone with magical powers and “maha” means above all others. How they achieved these abilities came to be known as the Buddhist Tantras. Commonly known as “siddhis”, these psychic and spiritual abilities have …

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