The Day after the Annual Stuffing . . .

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Although Faust has no message, the drama leads us to wonder whether there is any moral world order at all, and to what extent moral judgments make sense.

Walter Kaufmann, Introduction to Goethe’s Faust

With St. Louis temperatures a misty 37 degrees outside, I thought it good to spend the morning after Thanksgiving indoors to enjoy hot coffee and excellent reading. My first reading of Faust was during cold winter months in the remote store in east Texas where I love to reside in solitude, so I decided to return to the text and draw inspiration from it. The Kaufmann quote I inserted above is certainly relevant to what I have read during these Thanksgiving holidays when I turned to national news on the Internet. So much anger, hatred and resentment blowing in the political winds during this holiday season. We should be better than that. We all have the capability of heeding Goethe’s call:

To raise the poet’s well-known voice

With grace in mankind’s graceless choir.

Our time around the Thanksgiving dinner table yesterday did not follow someone’s advice to bring up divisive political topics. Today I am still warmed by the memory of family gathered around for the feast and conversations on things worth savoring.

Over hot coffee this morning, I enjoyed sketching objects on my desk and scribbling my responses to key texts from Faust. The musing thoughts of the lonely scholar in his study challenge me this holiday season:

That I might see what secret force

Hides in the world and rules its course.

Envisage the creative blazes

Instead of rummaging in phrases.

I always love working in the studio this time of year and already know what I want to pursue when I get back to it. I only have one festival left during this calendar year, I deliver my final lecture of the semester next Tuesday, so I believe I should have plenty of time to devote to my favorite past time.

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Thanks for reading.

 I make art in order to discover.   Shultz reduced

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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