Thursday, October 2, 2014 

Getting Out the Word


Letters, the foundation of our literacy, the beginnings of our intellectual technology, lead the way in the study of history and art, traditions of the intellectual life of people on earth. The western Roman alphabet, A to Z, reached a design pinnacle with 23 letters in second century Rome. For 2000 years the identifying shape, with the addition of “J,” “U,” and “W,” of the Roman capital letter, has not changed. Calligraphers, type designers and font designers for computers have all ...

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  • EN PLEIN AIR


    The Viroqua, Wisconsin plein air painters keep Bakke Farm on their list of regional locations that offer beautiful rural views, and three painters came to the farm one Friday in August to catch a summer image. Kathy Fairchild arrived first. Kathy comes to the farm quite often; she and her husband have a garden over beside the barn, and I had a feeling she had a few ideas on what she wanted to paint. She walked around, sketch pad in hand, ...

    PIECE BY PIECE


    There was still clothesline tied to the old laundry poles in the sideyard of the Bakke Farm house, so I hung up my new quilt for a view, an art piece in an artistic setting. Quarter square triangle blocks, a standard in quilt piecing design, make up this subdued and yet vibrant piece, and I am looking forward to hanging it on the Cozy Chair, when winter rolls in. This quilt is beautiful, therefore a treasure, and it was a gift, ...

    Treasures in the Marketplace


    I first saw the bracelet at a music festival some years ago in Toronto.  The copper color caught my eye, and I was attracted by the beautiful design of the letters cut from metal. “What do these words say?” I asked the Tibetan vendor. “It’s a mantra,” he answered, “inviting enlightenment for everyone on earth.” That sounded good to me. I bought the metal wrist band and slipped it on. It felt good. It fit. I’ve worn that mantra on my wrist ever ...

    Teaching Moments in a Desert Garden


      When I arrive at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood community gardens, Josh Banno and a group of students are already working. They had taken the city bus from their downtown high school as they do every Friday afternoon as an after school option activity to work on their small piece of ground in the larger community garden. The Garden Class is one of a number of afternoon options for students offered by City High School in Tucson, Arizona.  Josh has been the ...