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May 26, 2003
Eric Carle knows how to live

As a perfect rainy-Memorial-weekend activity, we drove to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. We'd seen Eric give a talk before the museum opened and were inspired by his love for his work and obvious joy of life because of this.

Besides the joyous art on the walls, and the spacious, light-filled atmosphere, I really enjoyed the video in which Eric talks about his childhood and adult inspirations (especially the kindergarten teacher who, seeing his ability, told his parents to foster his artistic development). My favorite moment was when, in his own studio, he was showing how he creates the gorgeously colored tissue paper from which he cuts pieces for the collages that form his illustrations. Splattering paint, swirling it with his fingers, and gouging it with his brush's wooden end, he said with obvious delight "see, I can do anything I want". I had to hold back from yelling out "YEAH, WHOOO!", though I did clap my hands once and laugh loudly enough so my kids looked at me disapprovingly. To which I whispered hoarsely "I can do anything I want".

He also talked about how most adults lose maybe 90% of their childhood, and he, having lost maybe only 89%, can do what he does. We went to the studio area (a "sun-filled room, with large sheets of paper, colorful paints, and fat brushes", just as he remembered from his childhood) and worked with oil pastels. I tried to let stuff flow without worrying about what anyone thought of my work and realized how much of the inner judge includes a projection of other's opinions.

I hope I can keep the glow of inspiration and sense of freedom that I got there going through my work for awhile.

May 21, 2003
Kurt flies high

The best I can do these days here is point.

Don't miss Kurt's recent posts, especially Of Pilgrims and Place. This is why I read weblogs.

May 12, 2003
Cassandra Pages

Just added Cassandra Pages to my blogroll, on Kurt's recommendation.

Globalization reading

Discovered via Arts & Letters Daily: Globalization, Poverty, Trade, and the Environment. An issue of Our Planet magazine, published by the United Nations Environment Programme.

May 09, 2003
Good Spam

Here's the first piece of spam I've gotten that I actually found worth reading:

Here's some legislation to get behind. Call your Congressperson to ask them to support Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders Freedom to Read Act.

Sanders introduced the Freedom to Read Protection Act (H.R. 1157) at the request of Vermont booksellers and librarians. H.R. 1157 would repeal the provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows the FBI to secretly request and serve a subpoena for bookstore and library records if the FBI believes they are relevant to a foreign intelligence investigation, even the records of people who are not suspected of committing a crime. If served with a subpoena, the bookseller or librarian is forbidden to reveal that they have released this information.

Read more about it at:

Here's a site to find your Congressperson's phone, address, etc.:
Just enter your zip code in the search window.

Please forward this email to anyone you think might value their privacy.
Richard Engling
Of course lauding this opens the door to saying that any piece of proseletysing that the spam sender thinks is worthwhile is OK to send. I hate spam, and I don't appreciate the approach here. But I do actually think the content is worthwhile.

May 08, 2003

Yay, David Weinberger has put up the ThreadsML web site.

Discussions around ThreadsML, and hard work on getting QT Pro finished, are mostly why I haven't been posting here lately. Thanks for your patience.