Happy Beltane ~ Tuesday’s Tune: Cup of Wonder, Jethro tull

My favorite Beltane song of all time –

“Cup Of Wonder”
May I make my fond excuses
for the lateness of the hour,
but we accept your invitation, and we bring you Beltane’s flower.
For the May Day is the great day, sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did ley*
will heed the song that calls them back.
Pass the word and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

Ask the green man where he comes from, ask the cup that fills with red.
Ask the old grey standing stones that show the sun its way to bed.
Question all as to their ways,
and learn the secrets that they hold.
Walk the lines of nature’s palm
crossed with silver and with gold.
Pass the cup and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

Join in black December’s sadness,
lie in August’s welcome corn.
Stir the cup that’s ever-filling
with the blood of all that’s born.
But the May Day is the great day, sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did lay
will heed this song that calls them back.
Pass the word and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

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ROCO 6X6 – “Born”

It’s that time of year again – Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (Rochester,  NY) largest fundraiser of the year, known as ROCO 6×6.   The premise and the call is simple – enter a piece of art, of any medium, that measures exactly 6″x 6″.  People all over the world and of all ages participate and each piece is priced an affordable $20.00.  The show runs both in the gallery and online for 6 weeks, and purchases of a work can be made in/on either venue.

I’ve been participating since I located to the area 11 years ago.  While I have been ill for over a year and art making has been devastatingly scarce, I wouldn’t and couldn’t miss my opportunity to contribute.

Studio Moon, NY (Canandaigua, NY) – ROCO 6X6 2018 – “Born” – Mixed Media Collage on Canvas:

Feel free to attend if you are in the area  and if not, check it out online- the show opens June 2 at the gallery and June 5 online.  http://roco6x6.org/6x6x2018_intro

Happy 4th of July?

I’ve always had a bit of a conflict with the 4th of July. To wit:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Well yeah, as long as you weren’t Black, Brown, insert any minority here ______________, or, of course, a woman.

And the undeniable fact is: In the 241 years since those words were written, none, NONE of the aforementioned segments of society that make up these 50 United States, Washington DC ,  Puerto Rico or our other territories are yet on equal footing with the White man.

And with the event of Trump, we’ve seen, in real time and daily, very deliberate assaults on all manner of minorities and women – particularly Muslims and Blacks.  White America is terrified of the inevitability of a minority majority in the US, which is stated to occur by mid century and I 1) can’t wait and 2) hope that I will actually be able to see it, although I doubt I will be.

Perhaps by then  we will actually celebrate and cherish the diversity of these United States and territories.

Perhaps by then the Declaration of Independence we be edited to state “All Men and Women, of every color and creed are created equal”

And America will mean it.

My Peonies Say “Hello”~

“It always seemed to me that the herbaceous peony is the very epitome of June. Larger than any rose,
it has something of the cabbage rose’s voluminous quality; and when it finally drops from the vase, it
sheds its petticoats with a bump on the table, all in an intact heap, much as a rose will suddenly fall,
making us look up from our book or conversation, to notice for one moment the death of what had
still appeared to be a living beauty.”

~Vita Sackville-West

To Trump~

Climate Change is real.  Climate is dire.

America isolated = America last.

You have taken the country I love and made it a pariah on the world stage in a mere 4 month’s time.

Saying I hate you is a weak statement.  As weak as you.

So I will say:

I LITERALLY hate you!

(Much stronger)

As America will be without you.