It's good to be back in the neighborhood.
Sarah & I
spent Nov and Dec away from home and I didn't
realize how much I missed it until we settled
in on Jan 1. Dave Benham, who is right about
great many things (a tendency which makes
people feel threatened by him, myself included),
acknowledges the power of community and
says we're both lucky to have our lives linked
to so many. It's no mystery--just a day-to-day
thing. Slow drizzly Sunday
(I missed the rain
when we were away), I say goodbye to Sarah
at Phinney and 36th, have a few hundred
to walk to Josh's
semi-monthly open studio Sunday
brunch at the Fremont Fine Arts Foundry
just across the street.
Before I make it even that far, outside Free Range Cycles on the
I bump into Arne who says, "I want to give you
a copy of my new book of poetry."
Life is lived in digressions and side
journeys. We go to his place up the street
and he lays
DECK HAND ARM on me. It's really good, based
on his experience working Alaskan fishing
I leave when he hints that he'd like
to get down to some new writing. The
smell of breakfast pulls me in-
to Josh's like a string. Brown is a real working
artist. In addition to cooking for 50 and making
he's got a number of products in
the works--skullbone bottlestoppers, lungshaped
ashtrays, wood frames that look
like splashes. We bartered art for books and
I walked home up the hill with this painting
wrapped in a plain brown paper
grocery bag, signature still drying. At home, we
hosted Steve's potluck supper meeting to discuss a
plan for collective living
and cooperation. The talking stick made the rounds
and we shared our visions for different
arrangements which would support
a community of artists while at the same time
connecting with the general public. The first
step will be a group party on Feb 1.
Wow, there's a
lot going on and I'm sorry to bore you with
details, but someone asked me what the
point of this site is
and I think as I approach the 4th
anniversary of Picture of the Day, I have
an answer: to inspire positive action.
Well, if you've been
following the site lately, you might conclude it
has a lot to do with food--and you'd be
Eating is a basic human need, and foodsharing is
one of the first behaviors observed in children.
Brave New World and 1984, I'm no longer
an utopian. There is no answer. But I
do think there are day-to-day
practices which make life more enjoyable--and
they have nothing to do with shopping.
for others is an exercise
in generosity. You are what you eat. Don't
be processed meat.