01 April 2021

26 - a celebration

Letters in the English alphabet. 
Black cards in a full deck and, 
red cards in a full deck. 
The atomic number of iron, count of protons and electrons but 
not its neutrons. 

President Teddy Roosevelt. 
Bones in the human foot. 
The "Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote" amendment or, 
"Prohibition" plus "Protection against Cruel and Unusual Punishment." 

Dimensions in bosonic string theory. 
An opal wedding anniversary. 
The numeric value of the Hebrew name of God in the Bible, which 
only appears once. 

Asteroid Proserpina.
Ganglions in the sympathetic system. 

06 January 2021

postcard war: a stranger comes to town

"Pick an apocalypse, any apocalypse." 
~ John Gardner, from Grendel 

Early in the 2020 pandemic under travel restrictions and limitations on gatherings, my brother challenged me to a postcard war.  Game on. 

The rules are simple: the "winner" is the one who sends either the most audacious or highest quantity. I'm an overachiever. I try for both. 

I created this set with ink and pencil over found city images. Entitled "A Stranger Comes to Town," my work is inspired by the postcards of Steve McDonald, "Fantastic Cities," and the writings of author John Gardner, who taught that there are only two plots in all literature:

  1. one goes on a journey; and
  2. a stranger comes to town. 
I grew up in a military family that had moved 17 times by the time I was 13 years old, making me, at once, always on a journey and always the stranger. 

Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will...
~ Metallica, "Wherever I May Roam"