We are supposed to appreciate the fact that it is great to “live in interesting times”…but these are perilous times…we are going to have to learn new ways to mourn and get used to the country and the world in turmoil…real, explosive, gut wrenching turmoil and confusion.
Kingston Trio had it right, a long, long time ago…”the whole world is festering with unhappiness…and nobody like anybody very much.” I really like Jimmy Kimmel’s new campaign slogan “Let’s Make America Great Britain Again”.
In that regard I have been thinking about the ludicrous idea of making this country great again – it is already great – and hence a political painting that I have entitled: The New Gerrymandering. I was going to call it, The Lower Fifty Three but thought that was too overt.
I also find myself watching the news less and less and instead divert my attention to things that I can really do…creative things…things I can do something about.
For example, the last time Mary and I were in Sanibel we reveled in the sights, sounds, smells, shells on the Gulf of Mexico (before the dreadful devastation of the recent hurricanes) and yes, the detritus…of the shoreline. Mary collects the perfect, beautiful, I collect the detritus.
You have to get away from it all – get off the grid….
Beauty in the heavens….
Beauty in the detritus…
And, yes I caught a fish last time in Sanibel…
Enjoy it all, be in awe, soak it all in every day that you can.
As Zorba the Greek said “embrace the whole catastrophe”