The Snowy Day

This US stamp honors the 1962 book “The Snowy Day.” I remember our 3rd grade class reading it. It was probably the only story book I’d ever seen with a black kid in it. They had started busing back then, so our classes were integrated. As I recall, it only made us all want to play in the snow. No one felt their rights were trampled on, their culture appropriated, or their flag disrespected…but what do a bunch of kids know, right?

People have since complained about cultural appropriation, and even expressed anger over the fact that the author was a white Jewish man. I think a white person writing about a black child’s amazement at a snow day in 1962 wasn’t racist, but revolutionary. Compare “The Snowy Day” to 1899’s “Little Black Sambo,” and decide which makes a more positive contribution to humanity. I’m glad the US Postal Service chose to honor it. And I hope we have many more years of the USPS identifying and celebrating important events and people, in the form of postage stamps.

Russian Postcards

“In the age of digital photography we are all tired of photos and long to drawings, paintings, sketches, illustrations, etc. At least that is my personal opinion” — Alex Markovich

I frequently mail postcards to a few friends. Recently, I’ve started publishing some in this blog. I came across this interview with artist Alex Markovich on my WordPress feed, and want to share it.

I agree with Alex. Photography has lost something due to the pervasiveness of digital images. Communication has lost something with the universal adoption of digital forms. I don’t share his talent, but I am happy to share his inspiration. A link to a short interview is below.

An abstract from the interview of Alex Markovich for “Radio of Russia. July 2018. Alex Markovich: On July 3, 2018 in Pushkin Library (Belgorod, Russia) there was an opening of my personal exhibition “Russia in watercolor paintings”. The paintings are presented in the form of postcards which I send to my friends and WordPress blog […]

Travel Artist — Пленэр 2020

Turtles on a Postcard

Politicians, businesses, and religious figures often use absurd arguments to rationalize destructive policies and self-centered rhetoric. Do you really believe slaves had a better quality of life upon being transported to the Colonial American South? Do they seriously believe emitting unprecedented volumes of carbon dioxide gas will end up helping trees? I hope my sketches do not convince you that turtles can use our pollution to breathe. Or, maybe they can hide from their predators (like John Wayne in a pond, sucking on a hollow reed). How many absurd turtle arguments do you see in a week?