Monthly Archives: August 2020

Smoker!

Recently, in a neighborhood online group, one resident said her teenage son startled the family by shouting that the toilet in the hall bathroom was smoking.  When they looked, this is what they saw.

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Glassed

Combining traditional glassblowing techniques and sculpting methods, Debora Moore forms incredible glass sculptures that resemble mossy branches, fleshy petals, and entire trees.  The St. Louis-born artist began by creating orchids with bulbous centers before expanding her practice to larger, organic forms.  In her recent collection, Arboria, Moore sculpted delicate magnolias, plump plums, and the lavender tendrils of the wisteria.

Moore likens her process to that of painting, where glass is used similarly to produce depth.  “The material’s inherent ability to transmit and reflect light, as well as its variations from transparency to opacity, lends itself perfectly to achieve desired textures and surfaces,” says Moore.

“Magnolia” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Winter Plum” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Winter Plum” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Blue Lady Slippers” from Gigantica, blown and sculpted glass

“Wisteria” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Wisteria” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Blue Orchid Tree,” blown and sculpted glass

“Pink Lady Slipper,” blown and sculpted glass

“Blue Epiphyte,” blown and sculpted glass

“Magnolia” from Arboria (2018), blown and sculpted glass

“Blush Epidendrum,” blown and sculpted glass

 “Purple Lady Slipper,” blown and sculpted glass

“Paphiopedilum Epiphyte,” blown and sculpted glass

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Retro Quote – Carl Jung

“We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.”

Carl Jung

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Instagram Moment of the Week – August 8, 2020

On Monday, August 3, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Virginia, inexplicably posted a photo of himself with a woman who is not his wife, both with their pants undone, partying on a yacht.  He then deleted the photo, but in the current cyber age, the image has been captured – for better or worse – forever.

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Photos of the Week – August 8, 2020

The 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally opened this week in Sturgis, South Dakota with little regard for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bike aficionados roared into town, sans masks and social distancing.  I have to concede I have no problem with this.  While I haven’t ridden a motorcycle in almost 30 years – and probably wouldn’t now at my age – I fully support this rally and the attendees’ right to navigate as they please.  If I was on bike, traveling down the highway at 100 mph, my biggest concern wouldn’t be a virus flying into my mouth; it’d be a bug!  Or some idiot coming the other way in their over-sized SUV texting.

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Video of the Week – August 8, 2020

Images captured in the aftermath of a horrific blast of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 5 that killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000 others show a city in chaos.

The following day Beirut resident Hoda Melki captured her mother playing “Auld Lang Syne” on a piano amidst the blast-related debris and damage in her apartment.

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Tweet of the Week – August 8, 2020

Discussions between congressional Democrats and Republicans over additional economic relief, including extending unemployment benefits, have broken down – again – as Americans continue struggling with rising personal debts and increased costs of living.

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Worst Quote of the Week – August 8, 2020

“[Children] don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.  It doesn’t have an impact on them.  I’ve watched some doctors say they’re totally immune.”

President Donald Trump, in a video commentary on why schools should re-open, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video had been tweeted out by Trump’s reelection campaign, but was promptly removed by Twitter for violating its newly-minted standards against spreading false information.

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Best Quote of the Week – August 8, 2020

“Trump is actively sabotaging the election under our noses – this isn’t theoretical, it’s happening RIGHT NOW.”

Brian Tyler Cohen, on the recent ousting of top executives of the U.S. Postal Service.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s mail service, displacing the executives in a move now dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre.  The incident comes as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed postal deliveries and jeopardized mail-in ballots in recent primary elections.

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Retro Quote – C.S. Lewis

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.  It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

C.S. Lewis

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