NEW YORK SNIP305 – God & Jesus

For someone who is very uncomfortable leaving his closet, this past weekend put the clincher on this summer’s adventures outside the safety and control of my studio-home one block from Central Park in New York City. First there was the…

NEW YORK SNIP305 – God & Jesus

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For someone who is very uncomfortable leaving his closet, this past weekend put the clincher on this summer’s adventures outside the safety and control of my studio-home one block from Central Park in New York City. First there was the week in Martha’s Vineyard on the Atlantic Ocean, then the week in Los Angeles on the Pacific, and now three days in Connecticut on the Long Island Sound – all this on my daughters’ dime! There comes a time when it is good to be Father, if I may quote the film director Mel Brooks from his 1981 very humorous ’History of the World: Part 1’ (his reference was primarily spoken enjoying the right to have sex with any and all the court and servant women in his kingdom.)
My experiences were more on an emotional and even spiritual levels, at least I like to believe that even though I’ve heard some comments come back to me indirectly from members of my American family resulting from my exchanges with them that were unsettling. For me, it was primarily successful. I had more direct face to face contacts with daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren than in the past five years. I accepted the challenge of somewhat dispelling the not so hidden fact that I am usually a solitary man, a father grandfather and great grandfather deeply involved in his own aging and art-making worlds, disinterested in the developments and events in the lives of his family. I give myself a grade C-plus. That by the way was my average grade at my courses at MIT nearly 70 years ago or anyway a C, not so much the plus. Even at age 86, I still haven’t defined for myself what kind of intelligence and talents I have as a human being. Then as now, it definitely was not calculus, nor formulas with many variables in chemistry, biology, or stress analysis. I may still have a little time to make headway on the self-identity score, but not much. I do already occasionally see a larger than human size dark shadow standing in doorways. It could simply be a play of light ’n shade. Chiaroscuro. But because of my general increasing yearly apprehension I interpret them to be less play and more danger.
I have to scream out my outrage at what the US Senate is seemingly letting Trump get away with. Critically important in 2015 the Obama Administration placed sanctions on Russia and denied its participation in the G8 Summit, because of its annexation of the Crimean peninsula from the Ukraine in 2014. It also legislated 1 Billion dollars to strengthen NATO in the former Soviet satellite states such as Estonia in the Baltics, Poland, Slovakia, etc and an additional 1 Billion directly to support Ukrainian defense against Russian interference, militarily and politically. Trump has succeeded in blocking the 1 Billion in that aid to the Ukraine by placing a review on it and so on September 30 that money, if not spent, will be withdrawn. He had diluted the sanctions, and also taken out of the defense budget those parts of that other billion for the European Defensive Initiative, EDI – all this for the totally useless construction of the WALL between the USA and Mexico. That man is doing damage every day to the interests of America, nationally and internationally. And when Deutsche Bank finally releases the Trump’s tax returns and loan applications, the world will see that Trump’s finances are totally dependent on Russian oligarchs’s financial guarantees for more than 2 Billion in his loans. They found and cultivated for twenty ears the soft ’n hungry target for narcissistic fame that is Trump. He is a captured Russian agent has to promote their interests. Otherwise they will expose him.

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