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The Last of the 7 Days and an Artists Talk

First I'm inviting you to a Zoom meeting about the 7 Days show on Tuesday, April 25 at 6pm EDT.

It will last about an hour, you'll see a slide show and you'll hear the artists speak about their work. I'd love for you to come. I'll send the Zoom link Tuesday morning.

Here is Day 7; "On the seventh day God rested and made it holy because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done."

This is Jessica's Daydream, by Fran Beallor

oil on canvas, 36x40 inches, 1988.

You can hear what Fran has to say about this beautiful painting on Tuesday.

then we have 3 photographs by Malcolm Ritter. Do you remember the Crash Test Dummies and their song, "God Shuffled His Feet"? It begins,

"After seven days, He was quite tired, so God said,

Let there be a day just for picnics, with wine and bread.

So He gathered up, some people he had made,

Created blankets and set them in the shade."

That's what I think of when I see these pictures.

This one reminds me of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

Here's the statement I wrote for the show.

As we acknowledge the threats to our Earth's very existence and seek ways to repair the damage we've done, we look at one story of its beginnings as told in the Book of Genesis.

Then I want to tell you about the panel discussion I went to on Sunday titled

Saving the Planet

an Ethical Imperative

You can read the poster in last week's blog but one statement stays in my brain; on the subject of changing from fossil fuels to solar, Bill McKibben said,

We have to stop getting our energy from Hell and get it from Heaven.

Also, single use plastics. Our City Council member, Erik Bottcher talked about his frustration at events sponsored by groups passionate about saving the earth, with piles of plastic bottles of water on the table. I'm glad to say our church provided water pitchers and real glasses. I was happy to show off our bottle cap art.

This was a fun project--people were enthusiastic about collecting, and we kept some plastic crap out of the ocean but that was just a drop in the ...

It drives me crazy how hard it is to avoid plastic. Someone I'm very close to puts bananas in plastic bags to bring them home from the store! Bananas have their own very sturdy packaging! They don't need a plastic bag! I bought 5 potatoes and meant to just throw them in my reusable bag but the clerk beat me to it and bagged them, tying the top tight so if I want to at least re-use the bag I'll have to carefully untie it.

I'm now using toothpaste tablets that come in paper envelopes and shampoo that comes in a cakes cutting down on the packaging. What are you doing? Any ideas? I'd love to hear what you're doing.

Russell is settling in nicely. His favorite thing to do is to pull the towels off the racks and drag them across the living room. But who doesn't love that?

April 20, 2023

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