Tag Archives: Darkness

In Praise of Shadows

Here in the West we often favor brilliant colors, hyperrealism, and a superabundance of light. Dazzle! Clarity! Vision! But in the East, in Japan, there are also alternate aesthetic values. This quote from the novelist Junichiro Tanizaki presents a traditional … Continue reading

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Painted Picture Speaking —

“Everybody must like something and I like seeing painted pictures… There is no reason for it but for some reason, anything reproduced by paint, preferably, I may even say certainly, by oil paints on a flat surface holds my attention… … Continue reading

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What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Strong…

We’ve all heard this mantram, probably had it quoted at us, maybe even quoted it to others. When it’s us who’s suffering, it often feels like cold comfort; but now a MIND column by Benedict Carey,  On Road to Recovery, … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

A thought to ponder on the shortest day of the year: I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced. Henry David Thoreau, … Continue reading

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