Friday, September 25
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In Honor of ADA30

disability, disabled, inspiration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5qQU2EwVnM I can't believe that it's been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. If it's been difficult for do things as a person with a disability since that time, it would probably have been a nightmare before then. I never needed accommodations as a young person; but if I had, I had no way of knowing that was a possibility or how to ask for them. If we need something to help us do things we need to do or get where we need to go, we can ask. At least there is the opportunity for basic access. It's certainly not enough, but it's better than nothing. I pray one day there will be a system that goes further and does more. I don't mean to imply that people with disabilities are inspirational just for living their ...
Renoir And The Rebirth Of Iconography

Renoir And The Rebirth Of Iconography

affirmation/s, Art, community, Compassion, Creativity, creator senses, culture, curiosity, disability, Discernment, Education, Imagination, Love, painting, praying with art, relationships, Secularity, Spirituality, Uncategorized, Wholeness
Ever since my very first exposure to it in 1979 as part of a Smithsonian Institution art-history seminar, one of my favorite art venues in Washington, DC, has been the venerable Phillips Collection, a few blocks east and perhaps a block south of the DuPont Circle DC Metro stop. The Phillips Collection There are many reasons for my respect and enthusiasm for “the Phillips,” but certainly one of the most salient reasons for my “evangelical” work on behalf of the Collection is that the Phillips houses Pierre Auguste Renoir’s great Luncheon of the Boating Party (hereafter Luncheon). (I refuse to call it, as some critics do, Boatman’s Lunch. Computers are expensive and I would rather not throw up on mine.) Aside from the sheer beauty of the painting itself, I enjoy watching others’ ...
Goetterdaemmerung And The “Goldwater Rule”

Goetterdaemmerung And The “Goldwater Rule”

25th mendment, autonomy, awareness, causality, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, community, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, disability, disabled, Discernment, Ethics, Evidence, Ideology, justice, law, Presidency, Psychoanalysis, Rationality, Trump, trust, Uncategorized
I urgently recommend that, in addition to reading today's "Skeptic's Collection" column, you also watch the 14 January 2018 episode of Madame Secretary ("Sound and Fury"). I am neither a psychologist nor a psychiatrist nor any other type of mental-health professional. Consequently, I am unqualified to pronounce a clinical judgment on the mental health of President Donald Trump. My layman’s assessment – based on Bob Dylan’s “weatherman rule”:  “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” – is that Trump, at best, has some grave challenges, both emotional and cognitive, when dealing with stress, criticism, and adversity. (For the record, I also take exception to this morning's [11 January] New York Times editorial alleging that Trump's mental state is irrelevant. Mat...