What Do LeBron James, Ron Shegda,The Sigal Brothers & IconDoIt Have in Common?

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It has been a monumental week, to say the least. I have been so overwhelmed with various events, emotions, and activity that I feel like Dorothy, caught in the Eye of a Tornado. From concern for my Father and Step-Mother with their transition to 24/7 in-home nursing care; to the sadness over the loss of an Uncle I had always hoped to know; to the whirlwind of activity on behalf of a good friend of mine, Leicester Bryce Stovell, Esq. when the media broke the news about his lawsuit against the most prominent professional athlete of all time; to designing a new logo and campaign materials for Ron Shegda, who’s running in Pennsylvania for State Representative from the 136th District, to getting new products out for my Zazzle store; and last, but not least, fighting with my own genetic demon (a.k.a. Hereditary Hemochromatosis) and its predictable unpredictability.

As a result of all that, I have not been able to post for several days and have not had the time or energy to either think or do some research in order to leave you with some interesting, useful, intriguing, informative, and/or controversial copy to go along with this evening’s new artwork. Forgive me. I hope to be back to “normal” (at least to what passes for “normal” for me) soon!

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ZIP IT – with apologies to DEVO

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I started out 5 hours ago to write tonight’s post but just kept getting distracted by various incoming phone calls, e-mails, and notifications of some very relevant and significant new case-law handed down yesterday that I took the time to thoroughly read and digest. ( This was not a ruling in my case, as I expect that will be another week or two, but it could be important for me in the future if any part of my case gets remanded (sent back) to the trial court for more hearings. ) The long and the short of these distractions is that I am just too tired now to think. So this post will be another one of those short on talk but BIG on the freebies.

The reference in this post’s title to DEVO is probably obvious to those of you familiar with this quirky, brilliant band that originally hails from my neck of the woods. I was a big fan of theirs in the early-mid 1970’s when the members were still in college (and some in high school) and our paths had crossed often back then since I was working in radio, running the sound board for my hubby’s various bands, and a registered booking agent working with a handful of mall in the Cleveland-Painesville area. For those of you who think you are NOT familiar with DEVO, you’ve probably heard them a million times without even realizing it, as a number of their songs and derivatives of those have served as the soundtrack for a number of TV shows (‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’, ‘South Park’, ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Rugrats’), movies(‘Austin Powers, The Spy That Shagged Me’, and commercials. Of the latter, there been one spot on for a few years now for a cleaning mop call ‘The Swiffer’ where you see this woman going off the deep-end sweeping and dusting everything in sight where her movements get more and more robotic as a techno-pop sounding song plays in the background with the chorus “You can Swiff it. Swiff it Good.” – The song is a parody by DEVO of DEVO’s own chart-topper from the 1970’s called “Whip It“. Once you become aware of the band, you’ll suddenly start hearing them everywhere – and most if not all of their work seems to incorporate one of their early trademark songs (‘Whip It’, ‘Mongoloid’, and ‘Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Devo’). It is not because the band isn’t creative enough to come up with something new – they are probably one of the most creative in the business (particularly Mark Mothersbaugh) – but if is perfectly in keeping with their philosophy of art and wonderful sense of irony and satire for them to spoof themselves spoofing others who take themselves much too seriously. – So the connection of my post’s title to DEVO is simply this: Every time I compress a file to make a zipped archive, I have this compelling urge that makes me sing to myself “Zip It. Zip it Good”. I know. It’s pretty lame but there you are.

So on to tonight’s GIGANTIC menu of Freebies, in addition to a few random Felted images, I’m serving up a link to the complete set of my Felted Series, which includes #205 .png images (512×512 pixels each) plus the coordinating felted wallpaper in 3 different screen sizes. Zipped down it’s still a whopping 40.81mb – so if you’re using a dial-up connection, you may want to stick with downloading the individual images embedded in these related blog posts:

  1. I’ve FELT Spring In The Air!
  2. FELT BETTER? (Felt System Icons)
  3. I FELT that!
  4. On Being Real (I FELT your pain)
  5. Easter Never FELT This Good

BTW, Please note that the zipped file contains many more images than what I’ve posted individually on this blog.

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Hemingway: To Be or Not To Be

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People were always asking Ernest Hemingway, the quintessential Twentieth-Century American author, about the symbolism in his stories and characters, as if seeking for some Holy Grail. But true to form, he’d simply wave the questions away; but in a letter to his friend, Bernard Berenson (written on Sept. 13, 1952, published in Ernest Hemingway : Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker) Ernest expanded his response stating “Then there is the other secret. There isn’t any symbolysm [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The sharks are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.” True enough. But then sometimes the boy and the old man are one and the same and the sea is life and the sharks are death and one man’s greatest fear of questioning death.

So do I and all the others who sense a deeper, personal meaning lies beyond the simple, eloquent words and recurrent undertones in Hemingway’s literature disrespect the man by not being satisfied with the bromide he wanted us to adopt? If he were here with us now, perhaps that would be true. Yet it is the very fact that he is NOT here (and why that is) which appears to lend credence to our suspicions. Back and forth, throughout his life, Hemingway tossed and turned a mythic coin where on one side bellowed that suicide was cowardice and on the other side, seductively urged that suicide was the reward earned by those heroic enough to stare it down by living their lives to the fullest and knowing when to simply (albeit un- gracefully) bow out. For all his turmoil, picking at the scab of the legacy of self-inflicted death that ran rampant in his bloodline, one can never say that Hemingway hadn’t lived a rich and courageous life and appears to have died in peace despite the noise, mess and shock of gunpowder and bullet, Ernie was ready for the silence.

Having lost more than a handful of friends to death by their own hand, I know the sense of emptiness and despair that visits those who’ve loved and been left behind, too often without a clue as to why. It is not something that I have (nor would) ever consider for myself for reasons from the profound to the trivial. Yet, I neither condone nor condemn Hemingway’s choice to end his life and instead am merely grateful that he left so much for us to remember him by, that causes us to think, to pick, to turn over in our hands and minds, and to be inspired by his tremendous ability to live every single moment.

One final thought, for those of you who think this post is rather morbid, I invite you to read through the lyrics to that iconic theme song from the 1970’s movie and television series, M*A*S*H”, sub-titled “Suicide Is Painless”. Mike Altman, the son of the film’s director, Robert Altman, was sensitive and wise in the way that only a 14-year-old can be when he penned these words that can best be summed up by remembering:

Life is a choice we make each and every day.

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