Lunar Eclipse

I took Laurie-dog for a long and relaxed walk at 7:30 p.m. last night and we watched until we saw the full eclipse of the moon.  I heard several voices come from front yard decks, mothers pointing to the sky, children squealing; a sole photographer with camera perched on fencing; three man-friends, sharing a beer.  It is a beautiful thing to think of people taking a break from what they typically do, to spend time watching the moon as it slowly covers up with a gauzy orange veil and then uncovers again!  An awesome experience, reminding me of so many evenings watching the sky with my children.

Manufactured Landscapes

There was only a single copy of the film, Manufactured Landscapes on my Blockbuster video store’s shelves yesterday, but I rented it.  I thought, “It’s 35 below zero for the next couple of days.  Watch something that is going to inform your Covenant series painting over the next while.  Pour yourself a glass of shiraz.  Buy some creamy onion dip and ripple chips and bunker down!”  So, I listened to that little voice and rented this film, that has truly brought me to tears.  You will see in my most recent album, a series of images that have been sliced out of the introduction.  Before the commentary even began, I was left weeping on my red couch.  Now, am I intense?  Yes…certainly, but any human being who sits and views this film, will be touched beyond belief!
Seen through the eyes of an artistic photographer, we visit the world in a new way. Non-accusatory in every aspect, this film causes you to see your life and causes you to squirm a little as you explore the notions of landscape in the frame of globalization.
I highly recommend that you sit through this film with your friends, your peers, your family and decide on where to go from here.
Thanks and gratitude to Jennifer Baichwal and please refer to her blog and other connected sites.
Recently, I have also been most impressed by the work and approach of Maude Barlow.  Her blog can be found at the following link.  Her recent books include Blue Covenant.

The Echo Maker

"All the humans revered Crane, the great orator. Where cranes gathered, their speech carried miles. The Aztecs called themselves the Crane People. One of the Anishinaabe clans was named the cranes — Ajijak or Busineasee — the Echo Makers. The cranes were leaders, voices that called all people together."
— Richard Powers

The image of the crane — an ancient, migratory bird of great size and strength — charges Richard Powers’ new novel with the universal force that links all living things.

For him, it’s the complex, delicate nature of the brain, the magical organ that has guided the sandhill cranes back to the same spot on Platte River every year for eons and led humans astray for almost as long.

The cranes arrive by the thousands in winter near Kearney, Neb., on their road south from the Arctic. The sight of the red-headed birds dancing their age-old steps in the stripped farm fields inspires wonder.

The humans who have found their way to Kearney in Powers’ story aren’t so certain about their existence, however. Their identities shift, change and disappear as self-doubt and confusion break down their hold on them.

Set in 2002, this novel is one of the first truly literary responses to life after Sept. 11 in America, a country stunned into paranoia and distrust."

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In the end, I really enjoyed The Echo Maker by Richard Powers!  I love the bits about the river…the birds…even the sense of identity that is dealt with too intensely at times.  It was a wonderful gift!  And now, I am onto A Map of the World.  I’m hoping that you each create a spattering of magic this weekend.  Warmest wishes to each of you!