This tree hugging, agnostic Christian, gay, pro-choice, tax and spend liberal Democrat loves his country! In our individual ways, we all do. Let's never question each other`s patriotism.
Listen to Lady Gaga`s stirring performance of the National Anthem during last winter`s Superbowl. Has a more rousing, moving piece of music ever been written?
Here`s your politically incorrect Independence Day joke;
What`s the hardest part about rollerblading?
Telling your parents you`re gay.
Other efforts this week;
Finally I want to recommend the journalist Sebastian Junger`s new [short] book "Tribe". It`s an anthropological view of 'civilized societies' in comparison to tribal communities. He says war and natural disasters often return us to a more communal mind set with a resulting surge in purpose and happiness. Evolution required us to work closely with one another for the survival of the group and that is the existence we are hard wired for. It feels right to help. I found it provocative and very reassuring. The biological context for human behavior always makes the most sense.
In an interview he gave here in Portland a couple of weeks ago, he recommended a year of public service for all young people, like in Israel. Might be the military or another program such as AmeriCorp. He thinks it could help heal the awful political divisions in the country. What a great idea!
available work in my studio for sale
"New Landscapes" Randall David Tipton July 9 - Oct. 1, Coos Art Museum OR