Truthful Tuesday — Artist

Truthful TuesdayFor this week’s Truthful Tuesday prompt, PCGuy wants to know…

Who is your favorite artist (painter, sculptor, illustrator, etc.), and why?

I actually already answered the question of who my favorite artist is in this post from June 2018. But I’m going to make it easy on you. You don’t need to link to that old post. I’m going to copy and paste it below.

As to why he’s my favorite, it’s simple. His work is mind blowing. He described his art as “mental imagery” often based on theoretical and mathematical premises. I will admit to you, if you promise not to tell anyone, that back in the day I used to get stoned and stare at his graphical prints for hours on end.

CD6D6261-3979-4AA1-921A-8159D948E531The image above, Hand with Reflecting Sphere, also known as Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror, is a lithograph print by Dutch artist M.C. Escher. First printed in January 1935, the piece depicts the artist’s hand holding a reflective sphere. In the reflection, most of the room around Escher can be seen.

I have always been a huge fan of M.C. Escher’s work. I have several coffee table books of his drawings in my home as well as a handful of his prints hanging on my walls.

Here are just a few of my favorite Escher works. Look at them closely.


Share a Your World — I’m a Regular Guy

Share Your WorldMelanie is doing something different this week and, apparently, for the next few weeks. She is sharing her Share Your World prompt with another blogger, Roger Shipp. Melanie explained that Roger will be posting movie-related questions. This week’s movie questions are from the Harry Potter film, “The Sorcerer’s Stone.”

I may be the only person on the planet Earth who never got into the whole Harry Potter thing. I did, as an accommodation to my kids, read the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. That’s the one where we first find young Harry living  underneath the stairs. Much to the dismay of my kids, my reaction to the book was “meh.” As a further accommodation to my kids, because I’m such a good dad, I agreed to go see the first Harry Potter movie with them when it came out. My reaction to the movie was also “meh.”

I have since not read another Harry Potter book or seen another Harry Potter movie. So, since I really don’t know much about the books or movies or their characters or plots, other than they involve some sort of wizardry, I’m going to pass on Roger’s questions and go right to what Melanie calls her regular or traditional questions.

Would you rather live 120 years that are comfortable but boring, or live half as long, but have an exciting, adventure-packed life?

If I chose “the live half as long” as 120 years, I’d be dead by now, so the question is moot, right? That said, I don’t think life throws this kind of “either or” scenario at us. I think we can live a comfortable, albeit at times, boring life and truly enjoy it, while occasionally having some exciting, adventure-packed experiences. Right now, however, I’m quite content with the comfortable but boring life style.

What’s something that overwhelms you?

I’m not sure I would use the word “overwhelms,” in the sense that it overpowers or devastates me, or makes me unable to function, but do I seem to be a little too obsessed, perhaps, with Donald Trump and what he’s done and continues to do to destroy our democratic republic. And yes, at times, I do feel that it can be overwhelming.

What do or did you take for granted?

My answer is related to the one above. I did take for granted the rule of law in the United States, the importance of political “norms,” and perhaps naively, the indestructibility of our American democracy from within. Trump and his Republican enablers have demonstrated over the past four years just how fragile it is. If it’s not too late to save it, I will never take it for granted again.

Thursday 13

50D40F79-94C7-490E-B30B-7F1D2D560B83Yes, I know it’s not Thursday, but this won’t be the first time I’ve been a day late and a dollar short.

Judy, over at Lifelessons, posted thirteen questions that she would like readers of her blog to answer. Well, it just so happens that I am a reader of Judy’s blog and I’m all about answering questions. So here we go….

1. What could you do with an artichoke rather than eating it?

I’m not a big fan of artichokes, so I don’t know. Maybe I’d try to find someone named Arty and force him to eat one whole and watch him choke on it? Get it? I’d watch Arty choke!

2. What is the strangest name you have ever heard and what is your association with it?

Cooper Penny. He was an HR manager at a company that was one of my clients and most of the people who worked there called him “Copper Penny” behind his back. He was actually a very nice guy.  His favorite expression was “In for a penny, in for a pound.” He was the only one who thought that was funny. But he was British, and you know their sense of humor, right?

3. What is the most embarrassing thing your parents ever did?

After my sophomore year in college, when I was 19 and living at my parents’ home for the summer, I came home at around 11:00 am from a date I went on the night before to find a police car parked in our driveway and an officer sitting at the kitchen table with my parents. My mother was hysterically crying and when I walked into the house, my father yelled, “Where were you all night?” I answered, “I got lucky.” The police officer stood up and walked out of the house.

4. What was your most unusual pet?

A garter snake by the name of Pythius that I kept in a large aquarium. I used to feed him mice, which he’d swallow whole and I would entertain myself as I watched the mouse slowly work its way down the snake’s body as it was being digested.

5. What is your most favorite holiday and why?

Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us. Why? Because it’s a non-sectarian holiday. And now that I’m retired and no longer have a secretary, I consider myself to be non-sectarian.

6. What is your favorite footwear and why?

Brooks Addiction Walkers. Hey, they are practical and comfortable, albeit possibly the most boring shoe in the world.5E3BE638-78A5-4362-A5F3-5EF3FF05F493

7. What is your most irritating habit?

According to my wife, it’s when I ask her a question that I already asked her maybe five to ten minutes earlier. She says, “You already asked me that and I already answered it. You never listen to me.” I explain to her that I’m deaf in my left ear and don’t hear that well out of my right ear. But she’s probably right that I wasn’t paying attention when she answered my question the first time I asked it.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I don’t care as long as wherever I am has heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer and a strong internet connection with good WiFi.

9. What is the most unusual place you have ever visited?

I love going to National Parks and I’ve been to quite a few. But of all of them, I think Bryce Canyon in Utah is one of the most unusual.AFFAF432-691E-4B0E-8465-FE699FF81E40You almost get the sense that you’re no longer on planet Earth when you’re there.

10. How did you meet your spouse or significant other?

My sister and brother-in-law were members of a tennis club and one of the people they played tennis with was visited one day by his 22 year-old daughter. My bother-in-law called me and gave me her phone number and urged me to call her. Which I did.

11. Who do you most admire?

Donald J. Trump.

Oh wait, the question was “admire most,” not “admire least.” In that case, it would be Barrack Obama. Take that, Trump!

12. If your pet could name you, what name would they give you and why?

My cat would call me Garçon because he’s always asking to be fed. My dog would call me Walker because as far as she’s concerned, that’s all I’m good for.

13. What is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not really what you’d call a romantic guy. I’m more of a pragmatist. But I suppose one might say that the most romantic thing that ever happened to me was when my wife said yes after I proposed to her.  Well, she didn’t exactly say “yes.” She said, “It’s about fucking time you asked me.” It doesn’t get any more romantic than that, does it?

Okay, folks, there you have it. Care to take a shot at answering these? Go visit Judy’s blog and just do it.

One-Liner Wednesday — Changing the Past


“While the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems, it would be easier sometimes to change the past”

Jackson Browne, American singer and songwriter

I’m quoting a lyric form the 1974 song, “Fountain of Sorrow” by Jackson Browne. I’ve always loved this song, even though it’s a bit melancholy. And this line, in particular, resonates with me. You can take actions that could change your future, but you can never do anything to alter your past, right? But in this song, Browne laments that he has little hope for being able to change the future, saying that “it might be easier to change the past.”

In case you’ve never heard this song, here it is.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday Prompt.