Past & Present: Beautiful Distractions.

Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds Vincent van Gogh, 1890. I've always been a fan of focus, as it symbolizes personal commitment, resolve, perseverance. It doesn't matter who or what the attention is on, it just exists. The only difference is the "why" as it varies - perhaps out of passion, out of morals, even out of peer…

Past & Present / The Dead Parts of Me.

Still Life with Bouquet and Skull Adriaen van Utrecht, 1642. I've talked and written about death maybe more than a handful of times. It's a sensitive topic to talk about, as it fills the atmosphere up with a thin veil of morbidity, despair, and an acute awareness of how we're all ticking down. However, I've…

Past & Present / Sunshine, Rain, and Individual Blooms.

Sunflowers (F453) Vincent van Gogh, 1888. As the rain and the gloomy weather finally resigned to the sun, I began to learn - maybe not learn, but make peace with something along this odd path. I am powerless over controlling the physical - the weather given to us by mother nature, but I hold complete…

Rise from the Ashes.

The Burning of the Gaspee Charles DeWolf Brownell, 1892. I've been burning lots tributes these days as a part of tradition and ritual from my origins and culture. I don't mind it at all, other than the environmental repercussions - of course, I just think that the nonstop, drowning raindrops serve as an extreme oxymoron…