This is a good time for reading and thinking when not making things in the studio or doing things around the grounds. So much turmoil in our national life that the quiet of home is welcome. In these dark days it is easy to imagine those in the Medieval Period in Europe choosing to join Convents and Monasteries to pray for the soul of the world. As artists we live in a space between the cave and the public square, positioned in a zone that is without public power. Many kid themselves, yearning to feel relevant, that they have actual effect, but rarely is this true. We follow our gifts but with no sense and even less proof that it helps or enlightens the state of things. Is there a choice? No.