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Tree of the Art of the Mind: --Tom Weidlinger For several months I had been anticipating a meeting with Dorothy, my benefactress, in which I would present a funding proposal for a new project. Dorothy's family foundation had been supporting my work for nine years. I'd made six films with her sole support-a wonderful circumstance, compared to my pre-benefactress decades when I spent as much time raising money for films as I did actually making them. Though I worked hard and did my best to be worthy of this munificence, I sometimes felt guilty about my good fortune. But not so guilty as to prevent me from presenting the ... Jun 17, 2010, 20425 reads


 

Annalena's Painting Advice: A tutorial from Leigh Hyams' granddaughter Leigh Hyams sent me the following notes. —Richard Whittaker "I found this script today in a forgotten portfolio. It was dictated to me by my four-year old granddaughter, Annalena, who could not write then, but she knew how to advise people to paint and draw. I like her advice enormously, not to mention her attitude..." — Leigh Hyams, San Miguel Allende, Mexico Excerpts from Annalena's advice on painting and drawing:  • Take some paint, some colors, and with your paintbrush, put one color on your paper and take another color on top. Mix it ... Feb 10, 2009, 7945 reads


 

A Conversation with Joan Di Stefano: The Action of Light It was a Saturday open house at John Toki’s Leslie Ceramics, a mecca for Bay Area clay artists of all kinds—an all-day affair with demonstrations, exhibitors, raffle prizes, hot dogs, socializing and the good cheer that seems to accompany all those who work with clay. John had given me my own table to display copies of works & conversations. There must have been ten or fifteen such tables and people had been circulating, cross-pollinating and having a good time. And now the party was starting to wind down.          I’d left ... May 11, 2012, 91082 reads


 

Kitchen Teachings: Conversation with Cherri Farrell At the time of this interview Cherri Farrell was teaching Consumer and Family Science at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill, California, a subject that used to be called "Home Economics." What I found so inspiring in our conversation is as true today as it was in 2010.—RW Farrell's curriculum is devoted largely to cooking and nutrition and it's also indirectly a support for math, reading and other academic subjects. But what's not an explicit part of the curriculum, and yet perhaps is the most important in Farrell's eyes, is the development of ... Nov 18, 2010, 10458 reads


 

A Conversation with Melanie DeMore: Sound Awareness The music program at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California opened my eyes. I have grandkids there and have been treated to several of their school concerts. Every student, from the kindergarteners to the sixth-graders, performs. The performances, under the tutelage St. Paul’s several music teachers, have always been impressive. Striking is the eclecticism of the music chosen, the quality of the children's performances and the musical versatility of the instruction that is always in plain evidence. Listening to my first concert there, it was immediately ... Nov 30, -1, 56122 reads


 

A Conversation with Zilong Wang: Medicine Journey The quiet directness of Zilong Wang, his articulate, measured way of speaking and something so open about him makes an immediate impression. Who is this young man? If one is around Zilong very much at all, there’s soon no doubt that there’s something remarkable about him. As I got to know a little more about Zilong, I resolved very quickly to ask this young man for an interview before he left the Bay Area. I found it impossible not to think that what lay ahead for Zilong has promise for what I can only call the greater good. He accepted my proposal for an ... Feb 14, 2016, 9028 reads


 

Interview: Charles Bigger--On Philosophy: Baton Rouge, LA I met with retired professor of philosophy Charles Bigger at his home in Baton Rouge on a typically hot and humid day in July. Before long an afternoon squall materialized and rain was falling heavily straight down ouside. Sitting comfortably inside, the sound of the rainfall provided the perfect background for a philosophical conversation. Richard Whittaker:  You mentioned earlier that you wouldn’t call yourself "a philosopher." I was interested in that remark. Charles Bigger:  Yes. I was educated in a tradition which has now died out. It was largely ... Aug 18, 2002, 20035 reads


 

Make a Living, Make a Life: John Evans Even in this world of computers and the global economy people still make dinner for their friends, have children, walk on the beach at sunset, share stories, start businesses. (If the truth be told, the global economy is more like an empire where everyone does what they have always done but with a little less money, and more of our money goes to fewer and fewer people.)      People start businesses for basically two reasons: to make money or to make a living. Money is one of the most confusing creations that we have ever gotten tangled up in. Most people need it, some ... Oct 17, 2007, 8148 reads


 

Peter Selz: A Life in Art: Berkeley, California The interview that appears below took place in two separate sessions. I  met Peter Selz at his house in the hills of north Berkeley. Before we sat down to talk I asked him if I could take a little time to look at the striking collection of art adorning every wall and tabletop in sight. He was happy to indulge me.      Selz, in his mid-eighties does not have the endless reserves of energy he must have had up until only a few years ago, although the amount of work he continues to do is amazing, with several projects always going at once. His ... Jul 11, 2008, 23743 reads


 

Interview: Rick Hawes: Civic Beauty without Permission Besides introducing me to Ted Fullwood, artist Tony May told me about Rick Hawes. In fact, we'd just left Fullwood's house when Tony said, "Let me show you something..." and I couldn't quite make out the rest of it—something about a bridge.      "A bridge?"      "There's a guy who's been tiling them."        "A guy tiling bridges?"      Tony nodded.       "You mean like freelance?"       Tony nodded ... Dec 25, 2009, 7049 reads


 
 

A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being flagged down by a ... Read More 716126 views


The Dumpster      “We can’t use these. They look like ... Read More 138938 views


Cotton and Silk Vorbeck quilt, detail I’m working on the last panel of a pair of ... Read More 7028 views


Remember to Remember - Nicholas Hlobeczy I had the pleasure of getting to know the late Nicholas Hlobeczy over a ... Read More 88678 views


A Conversation with Silas Hagerty I met Silas, a young man in his twenties from New England, at a servicespace.org ... Read More 57526 views


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A Man Impossible to Classify One of my first experiences in San Francisco was of being flagged down by a ... Read More 716126 views


Interview with Bill Douglass—Jimbo's Bop City and Other Tales At the time I'd first gotten to know the widely respected jazz musician Bill ... Read More 360563 views


Greeting the Light It was thanks to artist Walter Gabrielson that I was able to get in touch with ... Read More 291649 views


Interview: Gail Needleman Gail Needleman teaches music at Holy Names University in Oakland, California. ... Read More 184857 views


Interview: Stephen De Staebler John Toki encouraged me to interview his old friend and mentor, sculptor Stephen ... Read More 149448 views


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