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COVID-19 - Coronavirus :: Flatten the Curve

Practice Social Distancing :: Stay at Home :: Wash Your Hands
The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™


COVID-19 - Coronavirus :: WE

The current world-wide COVID-19 - Coronavirus can be summed up in this print: “WE: There is no Us or Them.”

WE: There is no Us or Them; The limited edition print uses #p22 modular #blox type and is printed with flocking on Kozo with a chine-collé onto Somerset Velvet. Available.

Art is Everything

The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™. Art is everything at Missoula Art Museum.
Mixing ink on the ink tableIMG_6747


In our town as elsewhere; streets quiet, stores dark. The buttercups are playing along the river trail. And more than the usual numbers of runners, walkers and bikers are outside. We received a light dusting of fresh snow making the mountains a beautiful but cold white. Running east along the river trail this morning the earth is soft, muddy underfoot, warming.

Meena the Cat

Along the river trail, east into the canyon, this morning. An eight mile run. Fresh signs of beaver and the buttercups flowering. Solar noon at 1:43pm MDT. Meanwhile in the upstairs studio window . . . .

On a freshly washed pad, fed and sound asleep in the newly arrived spring sunlight :: not a care in her world.

Meena the Cat

Coyotes' Eyes

Along the river trail, the old Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, but before that a long travelled Blackfoot Flathead Salish and Kootenay trail through the Hellgate canyon. No such passenger rail service anymore through the canyon.


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.


In the Local News

Sunday Missoulian March 15, 2020. The local climate organizations and activities taking action and acting now. Among others in our small western town; Climate Ready Missoula, Climate Smart Missoula, Extinction Rebellion, Green New Deal, Green Party, Extraction, Families for a Livable Future, Faith & Climate Action, Home reSource, Local Chapters of the Wilderness Society & Sierra Club, Montana Conservation Voters, Clark Fork Coalition, Montana Natural History Center, Missoula Art Museum, Five Valleys Land Trust, Sunrise Movement, Missoula Urban Development, 350 org, University Congregational Church, Energy Conservation and Climate Action City of Missoula & also Missoula County, . . . . and every Friday the Missoula Friday Climate Strike. But of course the news is always current on the bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™.


Alive and Awake

Just a good day to be alive. Despite and regardless; a good day to be awake and thankful . . . YA) breathing yet again and again.


NO to the Keystone XL Pipeline

The current show “Stephen Braun: Hindsight and Foresight Are 20/20” at the Missoula Art Museum is just wonderful and powerful. “I love the planet and all of its beauty. But all I see is loss. I see the scars we leave to support our consumptive nature. We leave a landscape of heartache…it breaks my heart to see how ubiquitous we’ve been in radically changing our environment.” SB. For this exhibit, he’s been making his trademark environmentally, and socially- and politically-themed sculptures using what he calls a "bastardized American raku technique" that was pioneered by Paul Soldner in the 1960s. Go see this show.

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



things to do

It being Lent I have given up some distractions, no sugar or flour, and been deepening my sitting practice. Inner life emerges, not unlike early spring from the muddy ground and the crisp air above. Emerging are old projects; currently uncompleted editions, blocking the flow. Some have been idle for too long, gathering dust and near forgotten. Cleaning out and organizing the shop I’m ready to work on some finishing. . . making room for new ideas and efforts.

The Project Board in the toMake™ Pressroom: Letterpress, Relief, Lithography & Mixed Matrix

Bernie 2020

Along with The Nation we endorse and support Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party nominee for President in 2020.


Longer days & Warmer

Below is the analemma for the new moon just as Lent begins. Local [Missoula] noon occurs at 12:49pm MDT. This will, unfortunately, all change next week with the insanity of DST. February temperatures were mostly between 20˚F and 40˚F, freezing and melting with some good periods of snow. On sunny afternoons the Mount Jumbo elk come over the top into the sun where we can see them from our eastern window. In other news, the earth continues to spin towards a tipping point of climate disruption, fascism, and more . . . finding that neither hope or despair help me to act I more and more give my attention to resolve; saying YES to the beauty, to the complexities, to the diversity, the interwoven, the joyous and to loving one another.

Analemma for Missoula, Montana February 23rd 2020
Local Noon Feb 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. February_2020