michael sowa is composed surreally cryptic

WHILE I WAS PLAYING with themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and explanation for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this surreally cryptic painting by Michael Sowa and used it as the page’s featured image.

I really like the painting and miss seeing CONTINUE READING

michael sowa, besides, is composed surreally cryptic

WHILE I WAS PLAYING with themes in search of a new look for Rather Rare Records over the past few weeks, I posted a page with a note of apology and explanation for all to see. To make the post eye-catching, I found this killer painting by Michael Sowa and used it as the page’s featured image.

I really like the painting and miss seeing it CONTINUE READING

wild wild western washington

THE CASCADE MOUNTAIN RANGE cuts a wild and wide slash through the state of Washington from top to bottom. That part of the state between the Pacific Ocean and those mountains is Western Washington; that part between the mountains and the rest of the United States is Eastern Washington.

It is Western Washington that everyone thinks of when they think “Washington”: clouds and rain, Seattle CONTINUE READING

the astounding creatures of masayoshi matsumoto

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.


Starfish.




Centipede.




Jellyfish.




Bee.




Lizard.




Butterfly.




Scorpion fish.




Caterpillar.




Hermit crab.




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Flamingo.




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Phoenix.




Beetle larvae.




Octopus.


M asayoshi uses balloons only!

Masayoshi Matsumoto has taken care to keep a very low profile: he is 25-years old and a recent graduate CONTINUE READING

pangur bán and the nameless monk

EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT A COINCIDENCE IS: “The occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection”—at least according to Merriam-Webster. But of course it’s not that simple: ‘real’ coincidences not only catch our attention, they resonate with us.

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should

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philosophical mutts and zen master cats

GUARDIANS OF BEING is a collaboration between Eckhart Tolle (words) and Patrick McDonnell (pictures). I have enthused over it since its publication in 2009, and have recommended it to everyone! The book describes beautifully and playfully how philosophical mutts and zen master cats help in grounding human beings—call us out of our reveries, our worries, and our self-absorption, and plant our feet back on the CONTINUE READING

art spiegelman’s very strange comic strip

I SAW THE ADS FOR WITZEND in late 1966 or early ’67, probably in the Rocket’s Blast Comics Collector. RBCC was the first fanzine that I bought in the ’60s; it was an adzine that featured articles on comics and ads from dealers and collectors offering stuff for sale. I sent my dollar bill off to some strange address in New York and eagerly CONTINUE READING

did he just say something sacrilitigious?

FACEBOOK GETS MY ATTENTION in the early morning hours as I sip my coffee and wait for that part of my brain/mind that ratiocinates to kick into gear. I scroll through my timeline and when an interesting image catches my attention, I read it, and sometimes chime in. I try to be positive and humorous: yesterday I made a somewhat silly comment on someone’s Facebook CONTINUE READING

evgeny kiselev and the invisible landscape

PSYCHEDELIC ART IS NOT EASILY DEFINED. Wikipedia defines it as “any art inspired by psychedelic experiences known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin. The word psychedelic means ‘mind manifesting.’ By that definition, all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered psychedelic.” Nebulous enough for you?

“To fathom Hell or soar angelic, just take

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