Sunday Afternoon


It’s now late winter in central Minnesota.  Basketball season is starting to wind down.  The snow is no longer glamorous.  Whatever falls just covers up the yuck that lays underneath.  It’s yuck because it’a melted and refroze and it’s picked up dirt.  The weather has changed as well.  It’s not a dry cold out there any longer.  I can feel the moisture in the air as Winter wants to change to Spring but it’s still way too cold for rain to fall.

You can sense the change in the season.  It makes wishing for and waiting for a new Spring just that much harder.  March was always the winter thaw month for us down home.  The fields would be brown and wet with mud.  Ponds would be thawing with maybe some patches of ice still floating on the surface.  We would be running around outside thinking it was warmer than it actually was and the end result was usually someone ended up with the flu which was then passed around.

Well, not for me this year.  It won’t be until early April that I’ll finally have a sling off my arm with an end result of being free movement once again.  I’ll hopefully miss all if not most of the sickies at work.  I don’t see any down side to that.

Art Sunday #213: Benny Andrews – Leaving Home


Benny Andrews (November 13, 1930 – November 10, 2006) was an African-American painter, printmaker, and creator of collages. During the 1950s, he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he began to take an interest in painting. In 1958, he moved to New York City to pursue artistic and activist work. Among other successes, he created art education programs to serve underprivileged students at Queens College and participated actively in the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (1969). His advocacy of artists of color Howardena Pindell, Sam Gilliam, Roy DeCarava, and others contributed to their increasing visibility and reputation in museums and the historical canon. He received many awards, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship (1965–66), the New York Council on the Arts fellowships (1971–81), and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1974–81).

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