Studio -- Stories (1995-98)

Moving Along

Let's get this ship into the breezy water. It's a long way to the other shore
. . . . . and there is no time to lose.

Beyond the Western Limits of the Great Wall . . . . and its Jade Gate, in the vast desert valley of the Su-lo Ho. lies the green oasis of Tun-huang and Ch 'ien-fun Tung, the caves of a Thousand Buddhas. One thousand miles from Peking, watered by the perpetual snows on the Nan Shan ranges, it was the area through which China advanced across the Great Gobi to the Tarim Basin and the Celestial Mountains.

On our steeds beyond the plain . . . . With vessels along the mountain streams.

Waqi 'at-i-Baburi - "Babur was deeply concerned with people and nature. His book abounds in vividly insightful descriptions of mankind as well as flora and fauna. Although he was happiest writing prose, his ideas are those of a poet and scientist . . . . " - (Welch)

Porches of Iron and Silver - "The sons of Lot embraced the passions with porches of iron and silver, creating beauty and form out of the deep recesses of sorrow - lending to the empty air name and habitation, delightfully bound to eternity." - (Carey, 'The Horse's Mouth')

A Prairie Song - "Vigilance and authority --at a distance. Respectful . . . . I came to rely upon this presence in the night and throughout the dry heat of day . . . "

Our saving Grace and Our Undoing - "In kilts falling in a weighted point, from which hangs a triangle of blue-beaded network, finished with lilies and papyrus flowers. . . . "

Not Inhibited by the Unforeseen - No sooner have the tulips come to bud when the peonies blossom, and lilacs fill the hedges as quickly as the violets dance under brush and spread about the grass. The leaves are fresh bundles that soon flutter by. Each season.

Tradition and Innovation - "Most art is made up of two elements: tradition and innovation. The relationship between the two varies and is determined by many different factors, such as the personality of the artist, his background and training and the general attitude towards art in the society in which he lives." - (Walberg)

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