Valley of the Moon, United States

aka : PhDilettante / There is no magic without a believing love…. / PhDilettante Design website

aka : PhDilettante

  1. we all have facets of man and woman;
  2. art can be personal, political or business;
  3. there is no magic without a believing love;
  4. you can have true Joy without being Happy;
  5. everything is possible; it is just not where you thought it
    would be;
  6. perhaps we are here to confuse people with what is natural for us.

“To make visible, what without you, might never have been seen.”
~ Robert Bresson

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  • Joined: May 2008


Inspecting and Suspecting

Cat Mother : No touch, Cole – not for cats! / Cole : Well, what is it this time? / CM : Thinking of what to pack for my trip. / Cole : That means “away,” doesn’t it? / CM : (silence) / Cole : Well, doesn’t it, or what? Jacques went “away” and he never came back! / CM : This is different; I will be away having fun and I will be back. Promise. /…
Posted over 3 years – 8 comments

in re : geneology [ two ]

She is gone now, y’know. But she left her eyes behind. / …the eyes that “are just like his only his were steely grey.” / [ Taking her secrets with her ] / She is gone, y’know. / …leaving a battlefield of walking wounded who did not realize they were victims of a private war with demons only she could see. “I can’t fight anymore,” She onc…
Posted about 4 years – 19 comments

Fire Next Time : Backstory

Once upon a time, I painted. With oils. Linseed oil, fine brushes, all the accoutrements. And a “tutor,” no less. Lessons with my father, who could paint with a one-camel-hair brush in great detail. He did still life. / The pallet knife was my weapon of choice. I used it like a trowel slathering plaster. Semi-abstract and thick with texture. The tutor was aghast: she could ne…
Posted almost 5 years – 37 comments

The Boys are back!

If anyone follows the saga of The Cottage and life in The Valley of The Moon as reported here (and I would be delighted if you do), you may recall that The PhDilettante went into a major funk when our silence was shattered by the shooting of a spotted fawn earlier this Summer. / Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, there have been no deer, quail, rabbit or even wild turkey seen about since the fawn in…
Posted over 5 years – 30 comments
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