The End is in Sight

Archie observing activities in Calanan Park among the red maple leaves
Archie observing activities in Calanan Park among the red maple leaves

The end is in sight. Nothing dire, the end of fall, the end of the year, the end of critical thinking and democracy in the United States. We saw it coming. We all participated in its creation. Our society is so fully infused with technology that delivers information in easily digestible and titillating chunks, we have forgotten or lost the ability to think critically, to investigate, to consider fairly, and have become a salivating horde of ADD practitioners. Interesting fact: “Trump” in an original use in the early 16th century meant “deceive” and “cheat”. Yawn, what next?

Putting up lights in Calanan Park with my friend Archie
Putting up lights in Calanan Park with my friend Archie

Archie and I put up lots of lights in Calanan Park. The “warm white” LEDs are topped with vivid blue.

Recorders playing carols at Victorian Christmas in Nevada City
Recorders playing carols at Victorian Christmas in Nevada City

Me on the left in an interesting vintage sweater dress that my daughter Kate challenged me to wear.

Work in progress, Dana Brown
Work in progress, Dana Brown

I am finishing up my locals series with this portrait of Dana Brown. I have it bisqued now and hope to have it finished by the year’s end.

In front of Barbie paintings by Maren Conrad at the brief Barbie Show
In front of Barbie paintings by Maren Conrad at the brief Barbie Show

I went to Sacramento’s Second Saturday with some friends. We wandered about town admiring the lights in the Fabulous Forties and the tree in front of the Capitol. I forced them to go to the two places I had work. They were good sports and even purchased art! We ended the evening at a Mexican restaurant on K Street that had a live mariachi band that made conversation difficult. They were good, though.

Robert Kaplan and the Robert Kaplan sculpture in Calanan Park, March 2016
Robert Kaplan and the Robert Kaplan sculpture in Calanan Park, March 2016

I was extremely pleased to find out that this piece, along with two others in the same series, was accepted into the Crocker-Kingsley exhibition hosted by the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville this January.

Some nature photos:

Willow leaves in spillway
Willow leaves in spillway
Tiny mushrooms on bridge
Tiny mushrooms on bridge
Lichen on heads
Lichen on heads
Gavin braves the cold
Gavin braves the cold
Deer shredded stump
Deer shredded stump

In a lot of ways I feel guilty about the world we’re passing on to the next generation. But this will be the world they know and will learn to live in. I hope they can think of creative ways to sustain the human race in fulfilling and cooperative methods, with each other and the natural world around them.

Baby James in his favorite bedtime pose, "Bring it on!"
Baby James in his favorite bedtime pose, “Bring it on!”