Missoula Montana March 2020: temperature, wind, pressure, precipitation, cloud cover & humidity.
A high (one day anyway) of 65˚F and low of 14˚F, with below 20˚F for a week in mid-March. Most days we vacillated between 25˚F and 50˚F. We experienced several days of high winds (over 30 knots), sometimes in conjunction with cold weather. Bitter for running along the river in the canyon. There was little perception, less than an inch and mostly in small snowy bursts. There is still snow on the higher elevation but even the hillsides are now bare.
Letterpress drying holder from a slinky
Ball bearing transport and storage for heavy stones
Practice Social Distancing :: Stay at Home :: Wash Your Hands
The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™
The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™. Art is everything at Missoula Art Museum.
Mixing ink on the ink table
On a freshly washed pad, fed and sound asleep in the newly arrived spring sunlight :: not a care in her world.
As I started to say, along the trail this morning and just upon the spring or vernal equinox tomorrow, on an eight mile dance, otherwise run, I was awakened from dream-space to the delight of the first opening of [Ranunculus] little frogs or Buttercups. The eyes of Coyote snatched away by Eagle . . . replaced with buttercups. How wonderful. There along the trail in the warming sunshine two dozen yellow flowers.
Stephen Braun “Victory”
In other but related news in downtown Missoula there was a guerrilla performance/protest against the Keystone XL pipeline extension crossing the Missouri River and native lands in east-central Montana. Below: spilled oil from the pipeline flowing into the river. The performance featured your camera and notepad toting corporate spies.“Indigenous groups, environmental activists, and other people opposed to the KXL Pipeline have a right to protest without being spied on by the government and without being met with a militarized and violent response. The government’s interest should be in protecting these rights – not violating them.” ACLU-MT
The Project Board in the toMake™ Pressroom: Letterpress, Relief, Lithography & Mixed Matrix
Analemma for Missoula, Montana February 23rd 2020
Missoula Montana February 2020: temperature, wind, pressure, precipitation, cloud cover & humidity.
A high (one day anyway) of 60˚F and low of 7˚F. The peak wind and high temperature must have conceded with a passing frontal system. Generally high winter humidity and 2.5in. of precipitation mostly in the form of wet snow.
It took awhile but the recycling was coming in the morning and the sun was out. Layer after layer removed I was surprised to see that the bottom layer was from the 2012 election with my irritation at the Clinton neoliberal takeover of the Democrats Party in full display. There you are and four years later the same same monied interests are at work . . . “[Bill and Hillary Clinton] set up a machine that was really a juggernaut with all this corporate money they brought in through the Democratic Leadership Committee,” says Blumenthal. “It was a very different structure than we’d seen with previous Democratic candidates who relied heavily on unions and the civil rights coalition. . . and that machine never went away. . . It kept growing, kind of like this amoeba that began to engulf the party and politics itself. So that when Bill Clinton was out of power, the machine was passed to Hillary Clinton, and the machine followed her into the Senate. And the machine grew into the Clinton Global Initiative.” The Clinton Machine Will Do Anything to Stop Bernie Sanders
Beneath the rubble four years of bulletin board postings we have a not dissimilar conversation and power struggle taking place. I am thinking “Every Event is a Gift” and that we are seeing the emergence of a new Left, a third party that acknowledges the voices of the young; those who see the FACTs of Climate Change, those who want to act, those who know of the Radical Disruption taking place, those who want a Just, a Sustainable and Vibrant future. So I took down the old and without Hope or Despair but Resolve [Dr.Robert Davies DISRUPTION: DEFINING RADICAL IN THE AGE OF HUMANS] started a new board in the alleyway at toMake™.
And the first “resolve” is a reminder to walk, run, bike and use public transportation.
The reason for the word WE being difficult to read is simply because the notion of ‘WE’ is a challenging one to remember and see when so much of the world around us seems to support the “Us and Them” attitude of blame and hostility, neglect and abuse. The limited edition print uses #p22 modular #blox type and is printed with flocking on Kozo with a chine-collé onto Somerset Velvet. Available.
January has been unusually warm and not much snow. Only three days where the temperature dropped below 20˚F, and over a week above 40˚F. There was some beautiful river ice but generally it has been all too mild with just 2in. of precipitation mostly as rain; worrisome for summer fires.
I’ve been working mostly on the letterpress, small things. Ink on paper. The ‘Green New Deal’ on the press using blox modular type is slowly making its way to an edition as ink on paper. I am currently running more copies of the broadside ‘Put Earth First’ so … place an order for one now before they sell out.