Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Great Conversationalist Rallies

Tuesday March 31, 2009, 6:18 PM

Former Republican Gov. Tom Kean, who usually avoids criticizing his successors, says he is so angry about Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to slash arts funding that he is considering filing a lawsuit against Corzine himself.

Kean said he is "outraged" at the governor's proposal to cut cultural funds to below the minimums outlined by the law. The Republican elder statesmen -- who is honorary chairman of Republican Chris Christie's gubernatorial campaign to unseat Corzine -- is calling for arts advocates to sue if the budget is passed without arts funding restored to the statutory levels. In fact, he said he may file his own lawsuit because he feels so strongly that the Democratic governor is wrong. "I haven't decided yet. I think it's an important enough issue," said Kean about legal fight. "My hope is the Legislature would go back and fund the arts at least up to the statutory level. The arts are funded less now than they were in the 90s when I was governor. That's outrageous."

Regarded by many as the godfather of New Jersey arts, Kean campaigned hard in 2003 for hotel-motel tax, which was meant to guarantee that a portion of the tax revenue would help fund the arts. The law includes a "poison pill" provision that eliminates the tax should arts funding drop below $16 million. Corzine's plan calls for $14.4 million, or $1.6 million under the law's threshold.

"I've never campaigned for a tax before in my life," said Kean, who is 73. "We put all that work into it. The Legislature guaranteed it. And somebody says, 'I'm not going to do it anyway.'"

Does this path have a heart ?

So that's the question. Wish I 
could take credit for it. 
Trying to think about 
this each day 
when i decide
how to spend time.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Marta Gomez

some beautiful, new old music.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


"Nature does nothing uselessly."


All day today, I have been thinking about how amazing dreams are. Relating or retelling them can bore others to tears but waking after a vivid dream and dwelling in it a for a little while, before it melts aways and disappears, is one of the coolest things our brains/souls/hearts do.

Monday, March 23, 2009

How You Look at Things

" When you put your mind to such a simple, innocent thing, for example, as making a watercolor, you lose some of the anguish which derives from being a member of a world gone mad. Whether you paint flowers, stars, horses, or angels you acquire respect and admiration for all the elements which go to  make up our universe. You don't call flowers friends, and stars enemies, or horses communists, and angels facists. You accept them for what they are and you praise God that they are what they are. You desist from improving the world or even yourself. You learn to see not what you want to see but what is. And what it is is usually a thousand times better than what might be or ought to be.
    If we could stop tampering with the universe we might find it a far better world than we think it to be. After all, we've only occupied it a few hundred million years, which is to say that we are just getting acquainted with it. And if we continue another billion years there is nothing to assure us that we will eventually know it. In the beginning as in the end, it remains a mystery. And the mystery exists or thrives in every smallest part of the universe. It has nothing to do with size or distance, with grandeur or remoteness. Everything hinges upon how you look at things."

Henry Miller

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Richie Havens Tupelo Honey Just Like A Woman

Saw Richie Havens a few nights ago in Blairstown, a beautiful concert.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Parade

An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman walk into a pub. 
They all order pints of Guinness. 
Just as they're served three flies land - one in each of their pints. 
The Englishman pushes his beer away in disgust. 
The Scotsman fishes the fly out as if nothing happened. 
The Irishman grabs the fly, holds over his glass and shouts: 

The New Space

The new office space is very beautiful - a state of the art "green" building...you turn green when you enter.

Peter on March 9th, 2009

Peter a few minutes after arriving home and finding a house full of friends, all there to celebrate his birthday. Happy Birthday Pete. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

f i n a l l y

the showcase is done.  i can sleep a little.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

This Kind of March

Monday, March 02, 2009

The Second Day of March

Afternoon walk after the snowfall, nice to spend the day at home.

"The perfumed flowers are our sisters;
the deer, the horse, the great eagle,
these are our brothers,
the rocky crests,
the juices of the meadow,
the body heat of pony and man,
all belong to the same family."
Chief Seattle