Saturday, December 9, 2017

Found Art Friday 241

Dear ones,
As the year draws to a close, "you can't make this stuff up" has become a most common turn of phrase during these turbulent months as our riveting Made4TV country implodes, and eats its own puzzle pieces. What's left?  Just moments ..... 
Three tone ants sharing honey, shared by Offspring #1
Parking lot Scene - snack vault?
Back yard scene
Recently, the Art Ranger borrowed the line "From Sea to Shining Sea" from the lyrics of the song America the Beautiful to title and describe this sculptural map contraption:
featuring the US Mexico border stretching from the Pacific Ocean to Gulf of Mexico (also a tunnel and a flag collage) ...
In preparing to speak to a class of 28 Japanese students, Art Ranger figured she should be ready to answer questions about said line and song lyrics written by Katherine Lee Bates. Until a few days ago, we're not sure if we had ever (carefully) read further into this earnest poem/song.
Verse #2 for example ....
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

 ( Hmmmmm)

About Katherine Lee Bates, it's worth reading.  Quote from her Wikipedia page:
In 1910, when a colleague described "free-flying spinsters" as "fringe on the garment of life", Bates answered: "I always thought the fringe had the best of it. I don't think I mind not being woven in." [5] Wikipedia:

We are very proud of the women who are coming forward to disarm the system. The fringe is swinging which rimes with singing and rather than the national anthem with its "bombs bursting in air", we will sing America the Beautiful in solidarity.

While we hold our collective ground staving off the toxic forces, let's strive for this mindset:  "If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper." words of Thich Nhat Hanh from "The Heart of Understanding", shared by Julie Regan who studies close up to such tender air in bones we share.
found under rusted mattress springs

What does your "Sea to shining Sea" see? Please send to

Friday, November 24, 2017

Found Art Friday 240

Dear ones,
We hope that you've done some wonderful thanking/thinking and that perhaps you may be immersed in a uncommercial moment somewhere.  A toast to ThanksGivings: now we'd like to spread more thanking out to each day.  Carefully to butter the toast; which requires having enough bread and butter to do so with. The opposite of micro-aggressions, we could use to give off and witness graditudinals for as many angles as possible, sprung up from the surprising mush of this life.
Who would ever predict the way research may meander us on this here internet? 
Now, the following visuals are provided by our most reliably wholesome and fun friend in New Hamspire, recently featured as Vegetable Judge for the Sandwich County Fair.  Here, she is a participant who documents steps taken in order to arrive as a single bite of protein to your mouth.  A small scale "farm to table" experience (selectively cropped by AR):
We did - did you?   Before  - yes, they must be chatting quietly
Even though Art Ranger thinks she wants to see what needs to be seen in this world, we notice that our desire to sanitize and de-animalize food processing runs more deep and visceral than imagined. We zero in on part of anything and it goes easier ... leaves more to the imagination (pointless though it is) and yet, this draws us closer in to the vital event.  Each bird was hand carried and delivered to this point/edge.
a cone, a sharp tool, a process
Plucker with flexible rubber fingers that spins.  Stainless steel  - so cold it's warm.
Naturally, feathers get used for something else
And there we are .... instead of goosebumps they are turkey bumps, legs, thighs, knees, tendons so very similar to our own.
Okay ....
We can't not love your face Tom - and when we wanted to know more about your prodigious wattle - surprising yet logical, we learn this:
And let us all who are wishing to be locovores make note of the amount of human labor involved in satisfying our thoughtful tastebuds.

Dear ones, may your world view include unexpected details and reflections.  Please share notables to:, subject: FAF sure helps us find it again easier :).