Left Hand of Darkness: A Room

Left Hand of Darkness: A Room

One of the books that rocked my world as a young adult was Ursula K. Le Guin‘s Left Hand of Darkness. The reason this book struck me with such force in young adulthood is that it emphasized different aspects of the typical science-fiction journey. I read many...
Can Art Save a Life? (Rothko and Pollock)

Can Art Save a Life? (Rothko and Pollock)

re-published on Arts Advocacy Day – March 12-13, 2018 I read on Brainpickings recently that Mark Rothko, the marvelous abstract expressionist painter, said that when people “weep” when seeing his paintings they are having the same transcendent experience he had...
A Tree — at the Seattle Art Museum

A Tree — at the Seattle Art Museum

Over the holiday break, my family had the great pleasure of visiting the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) again. Years ago, I met Bill Gates at a private gathering here, and I’ve had many wonderful experiences at SAM. This time, I didn’t meet any celebrities, but...

Rothko: How Art Saved a Life

I read on Brainpickings recently that Mark Rothko, the marvelous abstract expressionist painter, said that when people “weep” when seeing his paintings they are having the same transcendent experience he had when he painted.* Transcendence is an interesting word. It...