Way To Go, Buddy!

Over the years I’ve come to take “differences” seriously. I take “complexity” seriously too, which makes sense…to me at least. At the same time, I’ve noticed that there are those who fear or even hate “differences” as well as “complexity.” I prefer conversations with them to be either already short or ultimately shortened.

Lay Over

We trained from CA to Chicago on the Californian Zephyr, spent the night to catch the Capitol Limited to Pgh. Here’s where we finalized our trifecta and more! The Chicago hot dog, no ketchup of course, coupled with polish sausage, at the Chicago Brewery along the Riverwalk! Last night we had deep dish pizza, and for lunch today, an Italian Beef!!!! Amen!

Done while sipping beer on an iPad using Sketch Club

Do we underestimate extinction?

Do we deserve democracy?

Run that by me again, Joe.

Done on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in Sketch Club (see stats) and tweaked in iColorama.

quetzal

On one of our online Friday afternoon timed-drawing exercises, the organizer showed a photo of a quetzal in flight and gave us 3 minutes to draw it. I used my iPad, an Apple Pencil, and the Sketch Club app and produced this:

A week later I tried messing with that image.

Robert E. Lee and Him

And who? Ty Seidule, that’s who! His book: ROBERT E. LEE AND ME: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause.

This book has helped me snap out of the stupefying effects of one of America’s biggest lies, the lost cause, which I’ll let you look up on your own so that you can examine the toxic linkage to another more recent but just as stupefying big lie.

I’ve indirectly illustroblogged about Robert E. Lee elsewhere, check it out here. In that 2014 post, I’m ashamed to admit that I knew nothing per se about the “lost cause,” which again I’ll let you look up on your own. My fascination with Lee had always centered on what I saw as an association with Don Quijote.

Ty Seidule’s courageous book is a lot to process; however, it’s worth every perturbing wave of irreversible discomfort because of the permanent illumination it offers. Here’s how I’ve begun to process it in my own cartoonish way: