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July 18, 2020 – field guide addition to “Fragrance”

“The Name of the Rose”
Pat Kennedy, photographer and storyteller of the old roses we enjoyed in our writing circle today, sent a note afterwards to let us know “the name of the rose is ‘Gentle Hermione’ – surely there’s a poem in just that!!!!!”

“Anonymous No Longer”
Gemma Black wrote to say that she found the author of the “anonymous” quotation in today’s field guide:   It is always wise to stop wishing for things long enough to enjoy the fragrance of those now flowering. It is by Patrice Gifford. Gemma  “discovered on LinkedIn that Ms Gifford is a Mental Health Therapist in San Antonio.”

July 15, 2020 – “TSO Daily Dose – Interview with Gemma Black”

Artist Gemma Black discusses calligraphy and the creation of apology documents with TSO Principal Bass Trombone, Mitch Nissen. This is followed by a performance of Ross Edwards’s composition “Yanada” by TSO Principal Oboe, David Nuttall.

July 4, 2020 – “TSO Daily Dose”
Members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra perform short pieces to enhance our days.
Inspiring and beautiful!

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in G minor BWV 1020

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1756-1791)
The Magic Flute for Two Flutes
No 13. Der Hölle Rache
from an edition of 1792
Ed. Gerhard Braun


June 13, 2020 – “Still Life With Cheese”
from video “Marcel Wanders presents ‘Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age'” (2015). Calligraphy by Brody Neuenschwander and Massimo Polello

May 23, 2020 – Bucks County Classical Arts Center
Figure Drawing from live model every Wednesday night, 6:30-9:30PM, EDT, via Zoom. Hosted by Bucks County Classical Arts Center, moderated by John Murdoch



July 4, 2020 – Recommended reading…


July 4, 2020 – field guide additions to “Cloth”

World Reclamation Art Project (WRAP)

In Syracuse, New York, what was formerly the Nottingham Citgo #53, a fifty-year-old abandoned gas station, has been converted into a work of art, titled WRAP, or the World Reclamation Art Project, by Syracuse University graduate art student Jennifer Marsh.

United by this common cause, World Reclamation Art Project contributors range from professional artists to elementary school children, and their methods run the gamut from knitting to silk screening. Marsh sewed her submissions together, waterproofed the panels, and commenced the installation on April 12, 2008.

More than 600 yards of brightly colorful canvas cover the gas station, sectioned into 3,400 one-square-foot panels contributed by participants from 15 countries and 29 states in a statement on global dependence on oil.

Each participant created a small piece utilizing their favorite means of fiber expression to tell the world why they felt that society needs to lessen its dependence on oil. Then, all the individual pieces were sewn together to create this gigantic wrap for an abandoned gas station, for which the owner had signed papers allowing this art installation. Even the gas pumps were covered.


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June 27, 2020 – “Eco-Printing” – field guide additions to “Garden”

Gemma Black’s how-to article

See some of Gemma’s eco-dyed papers with writing here:

India Flint’s eco-printing inspiration

India Flint’s School of Nomad Arts

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June 13, 2020 – field guide addition to “Birds”

Michael Leunig, typically referred to as Leunig, is an Australian cartoonist, poet, artist and cultural commentator.


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

by Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” from The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens. Copyright 1954 by Wallace Stevens. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

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June 6, 2020 – field guide addition to “Fire”

Kim Stafford’s proclamation “Whereas the world is a house on fire…”

Robert Frost reading his poem, “Fire and Ice”
which was published in Harper’s Magazine, 1920.

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

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May 30, 2020 – field guide addition to “Roots”

George Ella Lyon reading her poem “Where I’m From”
published in “The UnThe United States of Poetry, 1996, Harry N. Abrams, pub.

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May 23, 2020 – field guide addition to “Hands”

“Grandma’s Hands
written and sung by Bill Withers

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May 16, 2020 – field guide addition to “Kindness”

How to Make a Face Mask

Linda’s template

See this web page for a PDF of instructions and a step-by-step video
“How to Make a Face Mask”

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May 9, 2020 – field guide addition to “Dance”

“Blessing 13” written and spoken by John O’Donohue

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