Hmmmmm …


I got my Kathe Wohlfarhrt catalog in yesterday’s mail.  I was actually hoping to visit one of the stores in Germany this year.  It’s not gonna be the same ordering something online.

Oh well.  There’s always next year.

Sunday Morning


We used to call days like these “Harvest Weather” when I was a kid growing up in southern Iowa.  It’s mid-September and the temps should be cooling off but it heats up in order for the corn and the beans to dry out.  The guys that I went to school with would be talking about how they would soon be cutting off all after school activities (other than football mind you) so they could get home right after school to help Mom and Dad bring in the harvest.

We would soon be talking about quail and pheasant hunting once that chore would be completed.  Our Junior High school principal knew what we were up to and talking about.  He’d start making weekly announcements about how we aren’t allowed to keep any shotguns in our lockers; we’d have to check them in at the office instead.  I know that sounds a tad bit outrageous given what’s going on in the world today but guys I knew would take their shotguns to school because they had invites to join our friends who lived on the farm for some after school quail hunting.  I don’t think anyone actually gave it a thought about using it for something other than hunting.

But those were far different days than what we see nowadays.  How have we gotten to where we are right now?  I haven’t a clue.


Art Sunday #191: Archibald Motley – Street Scene – Chicago


Archibald John Motley, Junior (October 7, 1891 – January 16, 1981) was an American visual artist. He studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1910s, graduating in 1918. He is most famous for his colorful chronicling of the African-American experience during the 1920s and 1930s, and is considered one of the major contributors to the Harlem Renaissance, or the New Negro Movement, a time in which African-American art reached new heights not just in New York but across America—its local expression is referred to as the Chicago Black Renaissance.

The Renaissance marked a period of a flourishing and renewed black psyche. There was a newfound appreciation of black artistic and aesthetic culture. Consequently, many black artists felt a moral obligation to create works that would perpetuate a positive representation of black people. During this time, Alain Locke coined the idea of the “New Negro”, which was focused on creating progressive and uplifting images of blacks within society. The synthesis of black representation and visual culture drove the basis of Motley’s work as “a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.”  His use of color and notable fixation on skin-tone, demonstrated his artistic portrayal of blackness as being multidimensional. Motley himself was of mixed race, and often felt unsettled about his own racial identity. Thus, his art often demonstrated the complexities and multifaceted nature of black culture and life.