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The New York Times Acrostic for May 7 had this quote;

Art is memory made public. Books turn to dust, negatives decay, civilizations burn. As long as art endures a song or a view someone once thought worth keeping is saved and stays shareable. Others can say, "I feel that too."

I love that. It comes from the novel, Utopia Avenue, by David Mitchell.

That rang a bell for me because Joseph Cornell, one of the stars in my pantheon of art heroes, lived on Utopia Parkway, in the borough of Queens, New York City.

a collage with a house erupting

This collage is a tribute to Cornell--you can see that the doormat has his name--with a drawing of his home on Utopia (!) Parkway--an ordinary little house in which extraordinary things were created.

I downloaded Utopia Avenue onto my iPhone and found that there's more to the passage; it was edited to fit the acrostic form and one sentence left out was, "Time wins in the long run." TIME. Having just passed my birthday I find that time is on my mind. Is it on my side? I hope so because I still have a lot to do. For instance, this drawing has been on my table since January. I'm really feeling timid about the color choices and I don't know why. I started out with a lot of pastels but the browns seem to be taking over. I think I'm ok with that. We'll see.

Pen and ink drawing of a large house

I've always considered art to be thought made concrete but public is a good term too and I love the word shareable. To think that someone could look at my drawing and say, "Yes, I feel that" is one reason why I, an extravert who works alone, keep on keeping on.

I'm happy to report that I struck a small blow in the war against plastic at the dentist's office today. Charlene, after a great cleaning, offered me a gift pack-- a plastic bag with a plastic toothbrush, plastic floss container, plastic toothpaste tube and a chapstick and I said, "No, thank you, I'm abstaining as much as I can from plastic. I use a bamboo toothbrush, a refillable floss jar and tablets that come in a paper packet instead of paste." It's a tiny stone in the dam against the plastic tide but we've gotta start somewhere.

And, before I go, Rest In Peace, Tina Turner.

May 25, 2023

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