Thursday, June 24, 2010

Diane Rehm Show-Treating Soldiers with brain injuries

June 24, 2010

The military takes steps to improve care for soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and other complex psychological problems: The challenges of treating mental wounds among those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. Gregory O'Shanick National Medical Director, Brain Injury Association of America, who specializes in neuro-rehabilitation and neuro-psychiatry and Chair-elect of the BIAA Board of Directors.
Daniel Zwerdling Correspondent with NPR’s Investigative Unit who’s been reporting on TBI in a series co-reported with T. Christian Miller, of Propublica
Dr. S. Ward Casscells John E. Tyson Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Vice President for External Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).
Dr. Jonathan Sills a staff psychologist in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don't Worry

Blanca Gomez of Cosas Minimas

What inspires you most?

"To be sincere, I’m not too certain what inspires me. I suppose that everything that surrounds me and everything that I like inspires me inevitably. I’m a huge collector of objects and books. Picasso said something along the lines of it being best for inspiration to find you working, I happen to think that’s good way to put it." Quote from Blanca Gomez interviewed on Blanca is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Madrid, Spain.
Reference from

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chardin - Lean Diet

In today's fast world you can easily overlook the subtle beauty and balance of a Chardin. You need to slow yourself down to properly appreciate one of his paintings.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

William Cullen Bryant

Summer Wind

It is a sultry day; the sun has drank
The dew that lay upon the morning grass,
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
And interrupted murmur of the bee,
Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
Instantly on the wing. The plants around
Feel the too potent fervors; the tall maize
Rolls up its long green leaves; the clover droops
Its tender foliage, and declines its blooms.
But far in the fierce sunshine tower the hills,
With all their growth of woods, silent and stern,
As if the scortching heat and dazzling light
Were but an element they loved. Bright clouds,
Motionless pillars of the brazen heaven;--
Their bases on the mountains--their white tops
Shining in the far ether--fire the air
With a reflected radiance, and make turn
The gazer`s eye away. For me, I lie
Languidly in the shade, where the thick turf,
Yet virgin from the kisses of the sun,
Retains some freshness, and I woo the wind
That still delays its coming. Why so slow,
Gentle and voluble spirit of the air?
Oh, come and breathe upon the fainting earth
Coolness and life. Is it that in his caves
He hears me? See, on yonder woody ridge,
The pine is bending his proud top, and now,
Among the nearer groves, chesnut and oak
Are tossing their green boughs about. He comes!
Lo, where the grassy meadow runs in wives!
The deep distressful silence of the scene
Breaks up with mingling of unnumbered sounds
And universal motion. He is come,
Shaking a shower of blossoms from the shrubs,
And bearing on the fragrance; and he brings
Music of birds, and rustling of young boughs,
And soun of swaying branches, and the voice
Of distant waterfalls. All the green herbs
Are stirring in his breath; a thousand flowers,
By the road-side and the borders of the brook,
Nod gaily to each other; glossy leaves
Are twinkling in the sun, as if the dew
Were on them yet, and silver waters break
Into small waves and sparkle as he comes.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Food, Line, Refrigerator Magnet,by RaNae Couture, mixed medium, 2010

This is an art object painting that I am still working on for Artprize 2010 - Grand Rapids
There are three other smaller paintings that go along with it. You can find the other three paintings at my website.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Charles Baudelaire


Nature is a temple where living pillars
Let escape sometimes confused words;
Man traverses it through forests of symbols
That observe him with familiar glances.

Like long echoes that intermingle from afar
In a dark and profound unity,
Vast like the night and like the light,
The perfumes, the colors and the sounds respond.

There are perfumes fresh like the skin of infants
Sweet like oboes, green like prairies,
—And others corrupted, rich and triumphant

That have the expanse of infinite things,
Like ambergris, musk, balsam and incense,
Which sing the ecstasies of the mind and senses.