Quick Take 9, On Silence

On Silence

Painting and words by Richard Rensberry

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My Love, From Cotulla

Cheerful Turtle

My Love From Cotulla
for my wife Mary on her birthday 4/7/17

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I love the breeze
that brings me kisses
soft lipped and rose scented
all the way from Cotulla, Texas. I love her whisper
and warm sweet breath, I love her tender
evening caress, I love her. Continue reading

Are Artists the Tuning Fork of Society?

Wake painting
I believe cultures resonate to the vibrations artists create and instill upon their work. Author’s words carry the weight of their focal points. This focus can help or harm the society into which their creations permeate.

As an example, a comedian stands in front of a community and pokes fun not at everyone in general but at a select group of people. The vibration moves and resonates with like seeds of prejudice harbored by his audience and grows. Soon we have ill feelings being expressed against a select group of people. Good or bad? Continue reading

Book Covers and Vegetables

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I know my vegetables because I grew up on a farm that raised them. I planted them, nurtured them, picked them and ate them. A good vegetable has a distinct complexion, aroma, color and appearance that speaks quite eloquently. When I see one I know it, but it is rarely in a grocery store. The grocery store vegetables are bred and judged on qualities that are not natural to a vegetable. A hard, juiceless tomato is a good grocery store tomato because it withstands abuse, and because it is picked and shipped green and then forced ripened it lacks a good tomato’s flavor and vitality. It is an anemic mutant of what a real tomato should be. I won’t eat it. Continue reading

Print Books or ebooks?

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I am a voracious reader. My preference has always been hardback books.  I even shy away from paperbacks unless they are poetry books which seem perfectly fitted as paperbacks.  I have never been able to read a novel on an electronic device, though I can read poetry and children’s books on my iPad.  I am curious as to whether anyone regularly reads books electronically or if this ebook thing is mere hype and a fad that will pass.
I think I can envision a more robust reading experience on a big screen TV.  You know, kick back in a recliner and read a book in huge print while sipping a craft beer. Continue reading