DIVERSITY

“You can’t let the possibility that ignorant people will interpret your ideas as racist keep you from discussing critical issues honestly. . . . Too many rich people in the world is a major threat to the human future, and cultural and genetic diversity are great human resources.”

Paul Ehrlich Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades, Interview The Guardian


December 16th 2015 stopping along the Flathead River en-route west on Mont. highway 200. Three pinhole images, 4x5 in. on film.

The two images below show the location of sunrise (orange), sunset (red) and the path of the sun (yellow) for the summer and winter solstices. The orange line shows where the sun appears to rise from our studio windows and the red line where it appears to set. toMake™ studio is located in the center of the arbitrary circle which indicates the cardinal directions.


Winter and Summer Solstice at toMake™ studio

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I AM HERE BECAUSE

"I am here as an artist because of other people's generosity. Because of choices that they made to give to me out of the bounty of their heart... to make a way and a space for me.”

Daniel Alexander Jones, Alliance of Artists Communities


Put Earth First a toMake™ Press letterpress broadside.

Put Earth First is a 18.5” by 25” letterpress broadside on Sakamoto kozo, hand-rubbed, ©Steven R Holloway, and designed & produced by toMake™ Press & Editions.
Suitable for framing and making a statement about your priorities. Shipped domestic USPS Priority in a tube.

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IF ONLY . . .

“If prosecutors went after rich people the way they go after everyone else, this hateful vortex of hot tub gonorrhea never would have made it near the White House,”

Samantha Bee


Downstream from Higgins Street bridge, Missoula, Montana

Looking north across the Clark Fork to downtown Missoula, Montana

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AVAILABLE

A.J.Gibson designed residential three-bedroom home with 1600 sq. ft. of living space, on ¾ lot, built 1908 in Missoula's University area. Available January 1st 2019. Ideally located within walking distance to the University, Missoula downtown, the hip-strip, bus stops, and the river-trail system! No need to drive. A perfect fit for responsible; couple or small family (great school district), visiting faculty, graduate students or young professionals. The block is primarily owner-occupied with several young family households. This home is owner-managed with pride and has a detached studio in the back that is reserved for the owners. The house has three upstairs bedrooms each with a closet (the larger master bedroom has an attached sunroom porch), one recently remodeled bathroom and a partial basement with washer, dryer and a small freezer. Unfurnished with the exception of refrigerator, stove, freezer, piano and a few items of furniture. The sunroom upstairs makes a beautiful office or reading room. In addition to the kitchen, living room and dining room on the first floor, there is an organic garden, water filter, compost, fruit tree, BBQ, picnic table, and front and back porches. Front yard is fenced, back is partially fenced and shared with the detached studio. Rent includes garbage and recycling pickup and owner maintenance. Security and cleaning deposits with proof of renters insurance are required. Internet and cable are not provided. Twelve month lease. Lawn, tree, leaf and snow care-removal are required (or services arranged); the basic tools are supplied. Use of the organic garden and composting bins is optional. No sub-letting allowed without discussion/permission. Strictly no drugs, no smoking, no loud or disruptive activities or partying (e.g. 911 complaints). . . NO exceptions. Dog or cat with prior arrangement and pet deposit. For more information and to view please eMail Steven.

AND Meena the Cat lives here !


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ADVENT SUNDAY :: HOPE

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

Emily Dickinson (b. 1830 - d. 1886) “Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)


The garden at toMake™


The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™


Clark Fork River upstream from Higgins Street bridge; Mount Sentinel and Mount Jumbo Hellgate Canyon

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BECAUSE IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK

“. . . this life is a lot more work than I anticipated. Because it takes a lot of work to wake up as a human being, and it’s a lot easier to stay asleep than to wake up.”

Gabor Maté In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
To heal addiction, you have to go back to the start.



Inside

Outside

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GRATITUDE TO GRANDFATHER SPACE

Meena the Cat would like you to know that we’re very grateful this thanksgiving day.




Prayer for the Great Family

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—
        and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf
        and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind
        and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent
        Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
        clear spirit breeze
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,
        freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;
        self-complete, brave and aware
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;
        holding or releasing; streaming through all
        our bodies salty seas
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through
        trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where
        bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—
                            in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
        who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—
        beyond all powers, and thoughts
        and yet is within us—
        Grandfather Space.
        The Mind is his Wife.
                            so be it.

                                                        Gary Snyder Turtle Island, after a Mohawk prayer

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IN THE OVEN

Along the river, on the morning run
YA) the heron in flight. Moving downstream.
A light snow on the trail, frozen leaves underfoot.

The next day,
YA) the bald eagle fishing, watching, still &
high above on bare cottonwood branches.




Later
Chopping the vegetables;
carrots, celery, onions, beets, turnips
&&& the spices

YA) roasting in the oven.

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ECCENTRICITY OF LIFE

The winter market on Saturdays has started up. It’s a short walk now to pick up our CSA share.


Saturday at the Senior Center: the Winter Market

In other news, Venus is visible in the morning . . . & the sun is lower on the northern hemisphere horizon, just in case you didn’t notice, and comes through the windows of the studio in a noticeably different angle. Daylight here at toMake™ studio is 9 hours and 29 minutes with the sun rising at 7:35am MST.


The sun transits at 12:20pm MST not at noon as you might imagine. Because we live so far west (6 minutes into the into the PST) in the Mountain Standard time zone our clocks are 36 minutes behind of sun time. Think of it like this; it takes 36 minutes after noon for the sun to be directly overhead in the south.


But that would mean that the transit (LMT) would occur at 12:36pm MST. The earth does not revolve around the sun in a circular orbit, but an elliptical one, sometimes going faster and sometimes slower around the sun . . . so the eccentricity of earth’s orbit means that the Equation of Time (EOT) is +15min 52sec fast today and this results in Local Time (LT) noon being at 12:20pm MST (12:00+ 36min - 16min =12:20).


An analemma is a diagram showing the variation of the position of the Sun in the sky over the course of a year, as viewed at a fixed time of day and from a fixed location on the Earth. The north–south component of the analemma is due to change of the Sun's declination caused by the tilt of the Earth's axis, and the east–west component is due to nonuniform rate of change of the Sun's right ascension, governed by combined effects of axial tilt and Earth's orbital eccentricity. The diagram has the form of a slender figure eight, and can often be found on globes of the Earth. WIKI.


Running now necessitates more cloths and careful footing on the frozen and often icy trails. Like this morning; a 6-8 knts headwind in the canyon made the 23˚F feel decidedly colder. The river remains open but most of the standing water along the trails is frozen now. Post-election recovery the bulletin board in the alleyway has returned to “normal.”

Out and about in downtown Missoula ? Stop in at The Runners Edge on Higgins a block north of Broadway and see “The Way Across”.


The Way Across: on display at the Runners Edge in downtown Missoula

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OTHERWISE . . . THOUGHT CONTROL

Mr. President, I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition . . .

It is high time we stopped thinking politically as Republicans and Democrats about elections and started thinking patriotically as Americans about national security based on individual freedom.

It is high time that we all stopped being tools and victims of totalitarian techniques—techniques that, if continued here unchecked, will surely end what we have come to cherish as the American way of life.

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-
The right to criticize.
The right to hold unpopular beliefs.
The right to protest.
The right of independent thought.

The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation or livelihood merely because he happens to know someone who holds unpopular beliefs. Who of us does not? Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. Otherwise thought control would have set in.

I condemn a Republican Fascist just as much as I condemn a Democrat Communist.
I condemn a Democrat Fascist just as much as I condemn a Republican Communist.
They are equally dangerous to you and me and to our country.

Margaret Chase Smith, U.S.Senator, “Declaration of Conscience” U.S. Senate on 1 June 1, 1950


Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1182 – October 3 1226)

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THE DAY AFTER


“Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own. Stand still, be quiet.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) I Am That

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I BELIEVE THAT DREAMS ARE REAL

It matters. It really matters.

I find, after all these years, I am a believer—
I believe what the thunder and lightning have to say;
I believe that dreams are real,
and that death has two reprisals;
I believe that dead leaves and black water fill my heart.

Charles Wright

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