Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Following up on our previous story, "Tumbleweeds and Crabgrass," here's another one about bad parenting. Its author asked me to withhold it for the longest time, but was perhaps emboldened when he saw that he was not alone. In the intimate, soul-searching experiences I've had in men's circles over the years (25 of them, since I first started this challenging and rewarding work,) I have heard more stories about men failing the test of fatherhood than I can count. The wounds run deep, and last often well into adulthood. There are those, I'm sure, who never do recover. There are those who spend years in therapy--not to mention a ton of money!--as a result. And there are those, of course, who simply breeze past the experienced put it all behind them. As the author of "Tumbleweeds" wrote to me after the appearance of his story: "So long ago. Forgive and forget."
Monday, April 24, 2017
TUMBLEWEEDS AND CRABGRASS
Monday, April 10, 2017
Here's the image of a painting by Sam that I saw last time I visited his studio:
|Sam Erenberg, Study for The Battle of Los Angeles No.3|
acrylic, oil on canvas
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Anyway... I wanted to do this quick check-in, in part because I have been neglectful of this blog these past two or three weeks. I still have stories to publish, and will get back to them soon. But I'll confess to being somewhat discouraged by the response the blog has been getting--just a few visits a day, a handful of followers, and nary a "comment" since day one. I've used all the social networking techniques I'm aware of, but nothing has helped very much. So this is a plea to interested readers: would you be so kind as to reach out and recommend the blog to friends, whether virtual or real; or otherwise suggest ways in which the blog could be made more interesting to a wider audience. I still think the idea is a good one. I think it's a valuable exercise for us men to look back and rediscover some part of ourselves that we may have lost along the way.
Please let me hear from you, either in response to this post or via personal email (peterclothier at mac dot com) if you have any thoughts. Your feedback would be welcome.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
|Theodore Svenningsen, "Bridge in the Electric Fields," 42" x 48", acrylic on canvas (this artist does not date his works)|
|Theodore Svenningsen, "Is This a Painting," 12" x 12", acrylic on canvas|
|Theodore Svenningsen, "We Came to Criticize," 12" x 12". acrylic on canvas|
Any other memories of school days and the influence of teachers would be welcome. Please let me know. In the meantime, this for today...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
|Here's Mark in an OC Register picture accompanying a review of his exhibition, "American Crazy: Life out of Balance".|
As a noted photographer, Mark uses satire...
|Mark Chamberlain, "Fashion Island: Future Fossil series," 1977|
|Mark Chamberlain, "Lip Service at Chicken Little's Emporium: Future Fossil series," 1975|
|Mark Chamberlain, "Dorothy's Dream," 1988, 5' x 15' Cibachrome photogram/Tellgram|
|Mark Chamberlain et al., "The Tell," 1989, 34' at high point x 363', plywood skinned sculpture with 200,000 collaged photographs|