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The Truth Matters; Freedom of the Press Matters; Vote Today

Today, nothing matters more than getting out to vote.  By November 3, 2018 there were literally 6,420 reasons to vote against President Trump. That was the current tally of misstatements Trump had made in the 649 days of his presidency. Misstatements which have been misogenistic, racist, and simply insulting to caring, compassionate, and responsible humans. […]

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John Ruskin: The Father of Modern Sketchbook Practice

Tuesday in a Facebook group I belong to someone asked: “Which country originated the practice of the sketchbook?” Group members, myself included, got sidestepped into discussionsof what was a sketchbook, and the history of bookmaking, and I even looked into the Oxford English Dictionary and an online dictionary to see when the word “sketchbook” went […]

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What Happened to Rozwoundup.Typepad.com?

Over the weekend I killed my Typepad account. In October 2008 I started my blog on Typepad. For 8 years it worked well as a platform to share my work with friends and students. But the design was static and the features offered on Typepad didn’t match the needs I had growing forward. I decided […]

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In Context: Minnesota Primary Election Today

Please vote in what might be the penultimate election before the oligarchy begins in November. The polls are still open for a couple hours! SaveSave SaveSave

Another Voice: Political Illustration of the Late 20th Century—An Exhibit at MCAD

This post was originally published on February 3, 2017 during my site transition. If you are interested in art or politics or both you need to go to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s new exhibit—Another Voice: Political Illustration of the Late 20th Century. It’s located in Gallery X, 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis. It […]

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Sometimes People in an Audience Catch My Eye

Above: Line of people sitting in front of me at the opening performance for “Orphan Train.” In the pocket size Hahnemühle Nostalgie book with a Sakura Pigma Sensei. I had the great good fortune to go to “Orphan Train” at the Minnesota History Theater on opening night. My friend, composer and musician Charlie Maguire did […]

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My Cunning Plan To Be Ageless and My Function on Road Trips with Linda

Above: Me in my favorite Gortex jacket—the one I went through two of when tracking with the girls; which has a very nifty zip open back that allows for a fanny pack and keeps that pack dry. Photo ©2004 Linda Koutsky. I love this photo—the balance Linda achieved in the composition. She has such a lovely eye. […]

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Date That Photo

Above: Read today's post for thoughts about the above photo of me and Dick. Click on the photo to see an enlargement. Everyone seems to be posting “Throwback Thursday” stuff on Facebook all the time. I don’t know how that got started or how it really works (if it's linked to some trigger). But I […]

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Murdock Mysteries and Thoughts on Showing Up

Above: Sketch in one of my Japanese lined paper journals—brush pen, acrylic marker. The text is all readable so I'll leave you to click on the image and view the enlargement and read it. I like to recommend television shows and movies every now and then on a Friday post. I have mixed feelings today […]

Memorial Day and a Look at Gallipoli from the Air

If the above video doesn't run, view it at this link on YouTube. It's weird for me to see poppies at this time of year, on people's collars. Veterans groups sell them. Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. Growing up in Australia, poppies were reserved for Remembrance Day, November 11. One of us would […]

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