What can I say? It has been a long time coming home to this blog. Discovering Facebook did not help. It was easier to drop a comment than compose an essay. And I did get more responses. But the real truth is that the fires devastated me in invisible ways so that I really did not know how much I had changed. My losses from the fires was minimal; compared to people who lost everything. I did lose Voice, my little black dog. But what I really lost was confidence in this place, its magic and power to survive.
Yet PsiKeep has endured. And there were some blessings. Last spring the little Soay ewe finally had a lamb that survived. It is a ram and this year he is full-grown.
A very large Blue pine grew a limb the size of a tree above the trailer and cabin containing many of my paintings. I tried to get a tree person to some out and cut down the tree but everyone was too busy up on Cobb Mountain cutting down the timber from the Valley Fire. I was helpless. I knew if that limb came down it would crush both the cabin and the trailer. Much to my dismay I could see that the limb was separating from the main trunk of the tree. And one windy night it finally came down. But somehow it rotated 90º and slid down the trunk of the tree missing both the trailer and the cabin.
I was sick most of the summer of 2017. I had planned to use the time to work on cementing the Dragon Head Entrance Way or finish sculpting the Angle Crouching sculpture but I just could not get the energy to do anything after I fed the animals in the morning. I was afraid that I was just getting too old for all of this but it turned out I had pneumonia again. I spent a day in the hospital getting antibiotics intravenously and drove myself home. I did not have too much time to recover because the rains came early this year and I had to get the barns ready for the goats. I seemed to have more energy after I recovered so I was able to stay up for two nights working to complete the applique tapestry titled The First Thirty Days in time for the 2nd Woman’s March.
I had completed the tapestry in the summer of 2017. But I still had to design and finish the backside which contains my sigil. The tapestry had gotten pretty heavy with all the layers of felt and naga and fabric. I was concerned about the stress and weight pulling the felt backing apart. I decide to use leather as the material to suspend the piece. And I also wanted to distribute the weight along the leather so I came up with the following design.
I guess time will tell if the leather was a good solution to the problem of the distribution of the weight of the tapestry. It was an interesting piece of leather but what a bitch it was to sew. I had to punch through with the needle to make each stitch. I stayed up for two night’s straight to complete the back side. In the end my friend, Lorna came by the last day to help sew and build the frame to carry the tapestry in the parade.
I was so exhausted during the parade that I was hallucinating. I saw what I thought were two dogs lying in an empty parking lot as we marched by. It turned out they were concrete parking curbs. Of course it did not help that they were painted brown. After the parade we were dismantling the frame and packing the tapestry into the car when I noticed in the window of the pawn shop we were parked and what I thought was Halloween pumpkin surrounded by skeletons and ghosts. I told Lorna I wanted to check it out. It turned out to be a leaf blower with an orange motor and white housing.
When I finally got home I collapsed. I think the tapestry is still rolled up and lying on the chest in the living room but you can see the full details of Trump’s First Thirty Days at the Tenabrae Cafe.
The following video is an excerpt from Democracy Now. On November 13, 2013 WikiLeaks released a 95 page document which is a portion of the highly secretive Trans Pacific Partnership or TTP.
Included within this trade agreement are rulings that would overwrite many of the safety protections, and environmental laws of both the United States and countries of the world.This agreement seems to be not so much an agreement between nations but between multilateral corporations and serves to grant them unrestricted freedom.
The video is a discussion between Bill Watson of the Cato Institute, defending the TTP and Lori Wallach, director of the fair trade group Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, who is highly critical of TTP.
I believe that this is an extremely important video to watch.
The full text of the 95 page document can be found
Why would a sculptor building an art center in the wilderness care enough about a trade agreement between multilateral corporations to post it on this blog?
The answer is because we are part of everything. And the results of that trade agreement, if ratified, will affect all of us including my insignificant self siting on a mountainside looking out over PsiKeep.
We life in an age where Goliaths swagger the earth regarding most of us as mere consumers. And most of us are too busy and too desperate to look out at the bigger picture. I do not want to sound like a cassandra but any agreement made in such secrecy as this one, without the participation of Congress, whose constitutional power is to make trade agreements, cannot be good. Something is very wrong with this picture.
I am posting this tonight. I will update this post as I go. Watch and judge for yourself and of course comments are always welcome.
Note: A link to the Wikileaks documentary on YouTube and released in reaction to the commercial movie “The Fifth Estate.” The Wikileaks documentary is worth watching.