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Earth Day

Another Earth Day is upon us, and for me it is a reminder of how delicate life as we know it is, or appears to be on our planet.  Yet for all the hype Earth Day generates, it quickly wears off and I seem to easily fall into the mindset of indifference.  It is not that I want to be, or don't care about conservation or being greener, it is the fact that being green is not a way of life or a world view I possess right now. So as the days roll by and Earth Day fades, I will move on to the multitudes of other things that occupy my life: work, family, chores, traffic, art, bills etc.  I won't give much thought about tossing a can in the trash, or ordering a to-go cup in a styrofoam container.  I at least throw such things in the trash and don't litter, isn't that enough?  At the end of the day I don't think the knee jerk recyclers will put much more of a dent into being greener than I will, especially if they buy a SUV that gets crap gas mileage.  I'm sure people well in the tree hugging/global warming/carbon footprint camps will scorn my words and tell me "doing your share does make a difference..." but in the end will it? Look at the numbers going against my little contribution to being greener.  I'm a single individual living in a developed western nation of 306 some million? The far east has eight times as many people than the US alone and of that portion how many people are so informed about Earth Day and all the trappings that are associated with it? Do foreign [...]

Hello world!

To blog or not to blog? Here I sit in a local coffee shop, a typical 'plugged-in' technocrat, latte in hand, headphones on, music going, hands resting on the keys of this metro macbook pro... wondering to myself; as if I have an audience, if anyone really cares about blogs? I think this is what I would have called a journal back when I was a kid, or a diary if it was my sisters, except the intention here is quite the opposite isn't it?  Perhaps down the road, days weeks or months from now, I will know the answer to blogging or not.  For now I will attend to this when I think of doing so and when there is something useful to add, which of course is subjective. Moving on... Sam Madison is the newest edition to our family.  A 12 week old Australian Shepherd.  He is great and I am glad we made the decision to adopt him from our local humane society.  Already I am thinking of a painting I will be doing of little Sam.  Which brings me to my last point for today, Madison Art. Madison Art is a comprehensive representation of my ambition to become a full time watercolor artist.  Prior to blogging today, I was posting updates and works in progress on facebook.  I do feel a blog is a more appropriate venue to discuss my art, offer some personal and reflective insights about my work and allow others to see some method to the madness that is art.   Hopefully others will glean something beyond the paint and paper. John