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YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR MIRROR


I have always felt that the mirror takes advantage of our gullibility. For instance, when I pass a mirror, I see a middle-aged blonde woman, who at one time, if not exactly pretty, is at least interesting. The word ‘interesting’ is interesting in itself. It’s a word people often use to comment on something, rather […]

HOW THEY SEE THINGS–THE OUTSIDERS


Bill Traylor’s talent surfaced suddenly in 1939 when he was eighty-five years old and had ten more years to live. By then he had left the plantation in Southern Alabama where he had been born a slave in 1854. After Emancipation, he scratched out a living as a sharecropper before moving to Montgomery, the state […]

THE CRACK OF THE BAT


“Balk” original watercolor by kayti sweetland Rasmussen” I like baseball. My father was a big fan and when he was home and there was a game, any game, on the radio, we listened and cheered at the appropriate times. He went to the ballpark whenever he had a chance. He put a baseball bat in […]

CODPIECES AND CODFISH


“Fishheye Orange” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen The codpiece luckily went out of style along with hoop skirts and a dozen petticoats, but it’s importance to gentlemen’s fashion is undeniable. As men’s pants became more form-fitting, the figure nature had given them emerged to full-view, and lest it become an embarrassment, a separate small article […]