Essays and Articles

The purpose of offering a selection of essays and articles here is, more than to demonstrate any literary skill on my part, to exorcise the cacophony of ideas that accumulates, organize the output into legible and hopefully digestible form, and make the results available for general review. There's always the chance that one of these mental gyrations might resonate with a reader somewhere, providing some small measure of inspiration or hope.

9.0 – A Personal Account of the Big One (Part 1)

Up close and personal with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

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9.0 – A Personal Account of the Big One (Part 2)

Up close and personal with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

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9.0 – A Personal Account of the Big One (Part 3)

Up close and personal with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011

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The Myth of the Four Seasons

Any Westerner who has spent some time in Japan will have heard this one, and probably reacted with puzzlement, if not total dismissal. It goes like this: the Japanese native, wishing to impress the visitor with the magnificence of his or her country of birth, will point out that Japan has four seasons! This is usually followed by a long pause while the Western guest waits for the punch line.

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A Collision at the Crossroads

The crossroads where East meets West is a dangerous place. The encounters that occur at this cultural intersection can be dynamic and exciting, but they are rarely smooth. Standing here at the crossroads, as I have done for almost 40 years, I am witness to a massive ongoing collision of cultures that occasionally results in productive couplings, but more often leads only to friction and heat.

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Getting Art

I remember the first time I “got” an abstract painting. I was at a Joan Miró exhibition, wandering past the images and thinking that they were interesting. But that was the extent of my response. I wasn’t moved. And then, as I stood staring at one particular work, it hit me ...

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But is it Art?

Artistic Intent in the Photographic Image: Simply pointing a camera at something interesting and clicking the shutter does not make art.

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