Five Short Kid’s Poems

October 14, 2017

Pipes shake and groan when
Mom turns on the faucet.
The child hears it and says
Squeaky water!

Splish, splash!
Splish, splash!
find some cover
or we’ll all get wet!

“That low star
rests on the mountain,”
said the child
tired from walking.

the Unicorn and Pegasus
fought to determine
which was the best
mythological horse!

if every child
was good as gold
we’d long for silver.

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Biology – The Danger Of Over Washing

October 13, 2017

Suggestion – the over washing or over medication of our bodies harms or destroys our microbiome, the good bacteria that protests us from diseases.

Suggestion – Don’t Overwash

October 13, 2017

Suggestion – the over washing or over medication of our bodies harms or destroys our microbiome, the good bacteria that protests us from diseases.

Question about Rothko

October 12, 2017

Joe Underwood, asked me the following question about a Mark Rothko painting.

“Hi Tom. Can you explain to me how to appreciate these colored rectangles. I have some difficulty with some abstract art, but simple pieces like these give me the most trouble.

Joe, I’ll give it a try, and I thought I’d share what I say to others on my blog, because you are not the only one that feels this way.

First, you don’t have to like it, and that is very important. There are two parts to great art, one is the well seasoned opinions and commentary of many in the art field as to which artists stand out, and the other is whether you the viewer like them or not.

I appreciate great artists, but don’t LIKE most of them for one reason or another. And the ones I do love, often have paintings that I don’t care for, while other paintings of theirs, I just adore. I also often like bad paintings for one reason or another, and that’s fine too.

So not liking any artist or any painting is your personal choice. But I think it is also important to understand why many think a painter is worthy of appreciation whether you and I like or don’t like them And many do think Rothko is a very great painter.

So now we come to the other part. Whether you like him or not, the question is; why do others appreciate this artist and his work. What do they see in it that is worthy.

First I wrote this short essay for all people who have questions about any abstract art. https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/short-essay-on-abstract-art/

This will show you how painters can put a great amount of emotion and feeling into an abstract painting.

BTW, I paint both abstracts and realism, and abstracts are just as difficult or sometimes harder. For example, with great abstract works, every inch of the painting has to work together. You don’t have to do that with realism. I think abstract works are very difficult, and I think most so called abstract artists are not very good!

Now back to Mark Rothko. He is one of my favorites, and I think I can tell you why. I’ve even painted in that manner and will add an example later.

Google Mark Rothko. Now press the Images button up near the top. What you will see is a lot of his works. Take a look at the page and maybe the next and the next after.

There is a lot of color there. With some paintings the color works together to make a harmonious painting. Some the colors clash and make a more upsetting painting.
If I asked you to find the most cheerful painting on the page could you? What about the most dreary? I bet you could, because color and shape can do that.

Rothko didn’t start out with these blocks of color. That developed. His early work is not my favorite. It doesn’t really stand out from any of the other painters in that style. But I love much of this later work, like the piece that started this conversation.

First of all his paintings are big. And like many meditative things, they are simple, and for me and many others, profound, zen like, spiritual. The blocks and the field of color they seem to float in, could symbolize ying and yang, male and female, light and dark, yes and no, etc., but whatever you see, there is something more than just color to his best paintings .

Finally imagine this. You go to a chapel to meditate. Behind the altar is a large painting. It is big enough to envelope your eyes so that that is most all you see. You kneel and look up.

Which would lend itself to a more reflective experience, one of Rothko’s paintings with these huge nebulous blocks of floating color, or say a realistic portrait of a religious figure?

Take your favorite from these 3 pages of his works, and imagine that in your mind, full sized, behind the altar of the chapel. What do you think?

Hope this helps,
Tom

Hard Science in the Sci-Fi Novel, Writings in Science

October 10, 2017

Besides having some great adventure, romance, drama, and space opera stories of danger, my sci-fi novel, Writings in Science, a History of the Future, also suggests some major science discoveries that might be clues to real discoveries here and now. Here are five.

1. The Origin of LIfe came about through chemical selection caused by the daily cycle of UV light (day/night , wet/dry cycle).

2. The entire method of learning is overturned and the teacher-
lectures-students, method from the middle ages, is done away with. See the specifics of every aspect of the new education system.

3. English Spelling Reforms – here is how the new version looks. See what was changed and what was done away with. See a sample of the new English.

4. Major reason for Brain Development is found to be, Carrying the Baby. Walking allows for hands to be free, so mother can caress, comfort, and carry the baby. This human bonding leads to everything from language to brain development in our hominid ancestors.

5. Bacteria Gene Transfer. New way to pass genes is found – the mother passes her good bacteria (and their genes) to the newborn gut where all nurturing is taken in. Find out about Bacteria gene transfer selection.


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