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An ethical line

To draw a line.

A simple line can identify both home and trespasser.

Political lines describe differences, places of meeting:  here and there, you and me, us and them.

Natural lines are always clear, but changing.  Shoreline, treeline, river, snake, stick, shadow.

“Snakeroot”, 6×6″, graphite and acrylic on paper, 1999. Sold

Lines can protect the sacred, the private, the personal from the public.  Open, traveling lines explore, closed ones separate, keep safe.

Implied lines blur understanding, strong ones describe structure.  Like ladders, scaffolding.

An ethical line supports both the one and the other.  If drawn with clear intention, such a line can offer a way through conflict to respect, reconciliation.

A good, quiet line, both firm and generous.  Provocatively simple.

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Venezuela. Ukraine. Russia.





Third-floor roof of the studio building.  Looking Southwest across the harbour

I did get up early today to watch the Men’s hockey team win gold for Canada.  Good friends, beer & breakfast & gold, then rehearsing for hours afterwards in all the sleepiness.  What a great morning.    I know Canadians who watched from mexico, Japan and France, and the roar we gave to the sky at each goal was like a great triple rainbow of joy.


But I think of what’s happening in Kiev, Caracas, Uganda and the uglier sides of Russia, and the fact that news of these terrible situations (and others I know of through AVAAZ) is buried under Olympic glory in the conventional media, and so convoluted on the internet that it’s nearly impossible to understand what’s going on, let alone what to do and whom & how to help….


…and I wonder how we will find a path out of these times that makes any kind of decent sense.

I send prayers up. Big like the glow of Northern Lights in the sky.