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The Periodic Musings of a Bellmaker

I have kept a journal for most of thirty years. There are then "those Letters". Some would seek & wish for more, while others have shrunk from, my history of writing & widely sharing "daunting" letters. For decades they were in a highly stylized & personal calligraphy written in India Ink with a technical pen, photocopied... for my archive & sometimes for sharing... it happens so automatically now, but at the time they were playing with the edges of privacy & proprietary. One day I would like to have a font mimicking that calligraphic style for my currently digitized writing... I intend to post open letters, some journal entries, & perhaps other writing to share on this page...

INDIA- Part One…

INDIA– Part One… ADVENTURE NOT PREDICAMENT! This trip begins with some interestingly difficult adventures, if not quite ultimately predicaments. All beyond the predictable scramble of preparing for any such significant travel. But first, some set-up to this long planned four week travel. This is my second [Stephen’s third] trip to India. [I will soon re-post my journal from 2004-5 when we came to participate in a family wedding.] We returned to visit that couple, the groom…

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STUDIOS – The CHANGELING House…

There was a house where once I lived in Denver sitting on the corner of 13th Avenue at Williams…. a house with obvious history. Yet… what it really had was story… My second abode after graduation from University of Denver in 1967…Came with A GHOST! The first abode was known as Lafayette House #2, implying that there was an earlier & larger faerie collective north up Lafayette Street. Because I intended to move soon… following a deep, if immature & ungrounded notion,…

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THE BELLS IN PRINT…

Sifting through the collections of images & paper of bell archives, I discovered this page, which deserves a moment’s consideration. It represents the quality of the ad work regularly created by the artist Deanne McKeown, who owned the shop named Isadora. That sentence hints at so many bits of early history for GRB Bells. The image grounds my own work in yet deeper notions of history. Bells are ancient tools for spiritual work. I know my fascination with…

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THE RIVER OF GOLD…

I worked this Spring on a calligraphy project illuminating a poem written by a friend of ours who lived on the Island for many years until his death in 2011. It is the first time I’ve made such a piece using only digital drawing techniques. See how the exhibit featured him: http://vashonpride.com/960-2/ It was requested to become part of an exhibit my partner Stephen Silha & his co-curator, Ellen Kritzman, had been working to mount for several years at our…

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MOMMA…

How to tell about Momma? My mother, Lulu Olivet Craig Barnett, died late Friday, May 17th, 2019…  one very difficult week & 2 days after her 95th birthday, having been born May 8, 1924. A long, rich, life. A long, mostly joyful, yet often difficult, life. How to honestly honor that life? I am her oldest child, so I’ve lived parallel to all but 21 of those years… 21 important years,…

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ABOUT BIRTHDAYS…

Birthdays are inevitable, after all. I had another just recently. I’m in my 75th year now… There is a story about my having two birthdays… but, I’ve written about that somewhere else. It is the notion of enforced annual celebration for having been born which has become a little boring to me.After all, I was barely there! Yes it was a big deal, no argument. To keep making…

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