Archive for July 28th, 2012

Looking Beyond Death

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

I like this mural – it’s one block from my apartment. Because all the residents were arguing about its meaning, I introduced myself to the young, South African artist and asked her what it represented.  She shrugged and said, “Whatever it means to you.  I don’t want to limit imagination.”

HOW COOL!  The painted lady – and the bear/rat mural – are doing what art is supposed to do: blow people out of their everyday shells by demanding they think and feel in a different way.  When I listen to my neighbors arguing and talking with each other about these images, I know the murals are doing exactly what the artists wanted them to do – touch people in some way.

The only bad art is art that can be ignored.

Great Show, Great Britain!

Saturday, July 28th, 2012


Hundreds of my readers are from Great Britain and they should be very proud today. The Opening of the 2012 Olympics in London was spectacular.  It beautifully portrayed England from 10,000 volunteer actors creating the Olympic rings in the “Industrial Revolution,” through its thousand year history of literature and music, to the greatest entrance of all time: the Queen parachuting into the stadium! It was also packed with healthy doses of British wit and charm.

Those of us who were busily speculating on who would light the Olympic flame got a smart kick in the ass.  We  speculated on ONE  person from the PAST like it’s always been.  London rocketed through our limited vision and shot out 7-young “future Olympians” to do the “honours.”

All in all, good show, Brits!