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Funny, although I love to draw, and have always had a certain compulsion to make marks on paper (a compulsion I often think of  as graphomania), I’ve made almost no marks on paper during these two months in quarantine.    A lot of guitar playing, a lot of writing, few drawings or other marks with my drawing pens.   Hmmmm.

visual, and a song to play




Jewish criminals, as opposed to Jews not even accused of any specific crime, had a very high survival rate in Auschwitz, the world’s first mechanized death camp that was also a  massive slave labor camp.   Bayer was one of several German corporations that rented prisoners from the SS for $1 a day.  

“The leader’s word has the force of law.”  In the case of the Third Reich, that leader was an insane mass murderer who committed suicide after ranting that all Germans deserved death because they had failed him.   We also have to do something about this principle here in the United States, the shit really has gotten out of hand.

Forget all that, I just liked the way these images look.   Take out your tenor ukulele and play this beautiful hymn, popularized by Cat Stevens, a beloved star of the late sixties who, years after his conversion to Islam, was put on the NO FLY LIST by Bush and Cheney.    The tune is lovely and not terribly hard to master (the red notes are selected melody notes to keep you on track).  Remember it’s in 3/4, like a waltz without the oom-pah-pah.   You should play it in good health, as my grandmother used to say.


anodyne, credulous


In the bathroom of an apartment where we gathered yesterday to comfort an old friend whose mother just died, these napkins (above) were available for drying the hands after washing up in the bathroom.  Beautiful.  I put one in my pocket.

Picking up a random scrawling from the pile on my desk, I took a snapshot to test it as a background.  Two good words, written in fake gold. 

Anodyne: calculated to cause no distress, harmless.   

Credulous: willing to believe whatever one is told, gullible.  

If you are willing to believe anodyne explanations for complicated, sometimes dark things, with no need for evidence of any kind to weigh while making a decision about what to believe … I don’t even know how to end this sentence.  If you’re willing to believe any harmless [1] explanation that spares you pain or distress, so be it, I suppose.   The faith-based bypass of all reason is not for me, though.



[1] example of a comforting, anodyne explanation that is not harmless:  catastrophic climate change is a wholly natural phenomenon, unrelated to the constant burning of tons of carbon-rich fossil fuels and other man-made pollution.  The climate simply changes, according to the Creator’s perfect plan, as we wait for the return of Jesus; there is no cause for alarm, partisan CLIMATE ALARMISTS!