spring 2012

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featuring the art of Bill Rogers


Sobriety
spring 2012
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Sobriety

original drawing by: Bill Rogers

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Freaky Roamers
spring 2012
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Freaky Roamers

original drawing by: Bill Rogers

"I can't stand being in this house. In the first place, it makes me terribly nervous. I'm scared to death of doors, locks, people roaming around in the background, under the trees, in the bushes, I'm absolutely terrified."

Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale

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Island Group With Condescending Tower
spring 2012
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Island Group With Condescending Tower

original painting by: Bill Rogers

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Pulsations Of The Weald
spring 2012
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Pulsations Of The Weald

original artwork by: Bill Rogers



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Puzzle Upon Waking
spring 2012
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Puzzle Upon Waking

original dream illustration by: Bill Rogers

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Paranoia Of Matter
spring 2012
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Paranoia Of Matter

original dream illustration by: Bill Rogers

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Light from the Paschal Candle
spring 2012
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the easter candle clipart

Sometimes I am asked what made me accept confirmation in the Catholic Church after years of being raised Methodist. For them I think they see this moment as a rejection of my Methodism. Far from it. For me the decision to become confirmed as a Catholic was a more radical acceptance of everything positive my Methodist heritage offered me. It's hard though to respond when asked why I made that embrace. Part of the difficulty is that there are so many reasons. It would be hard to pick just one. But for now that is what I'm going to try and do. I'll offer you The Paschal Candle. Anyone with any experience with Methodist liturgy will probably know about this candle. It is the prominent one usually displayed in a tall candle holder that bears the following elements:

~ a cross or chi rho symbol
~ the symbols alpha and omega
~ the numeric year, for example, 1967, 2017
~ five grains of incense, often encased in wax in the form of nails. These pierce the cross and recall the five wounds of Jesus.

In both Methodism and Catholicism this candle represents the light of Christ and is usually a part of the Easter event. Then this candle remains with the Church until the following year when the next year's candle is introduced. But why would Methodists be using a Paschal Candle in the first place? Well, that is an interesting question. According to Dan Benedict one reason is ..."because [the] church wants to enter into the great mystery of the Resurrection in dramatic and sustained ways."

For me the presence of the Paschal Candle, marks, in a special way, the presence of Christ. It is one of those vital elements that link various Christian communions with the Catholic Church, a graced element common to a large body of Christians. And it is one of the most visual elements that pointed the way for me as I mapped out the terrain between my youth group years and my adult experience of faith.

Remember though that the Paschal Candle is just one of a multitude of reasons I found to follow through on my Wesleyan Methodist roots and unite more fully with Holy Mother Church.

Happy Easter to all!

Winter Games
spring 2012
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Winter Games

original artwork by: Bill Rogers

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Panning For Gold
spring 2012
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Panning For Gold

painting by: Revansj & Giveawayboy

The Bower Sequence
spring 2012
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Bird, Satin Bowerbird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, male


These notes will document the unfolding of what I have come to call 'the Bower Sequence'. The players are Reo (Nathan Reo), SnowWalkerPrime (Michael Merchant) and myself (Bill Rogers).

August 14, 2016 ~ Reo mentions plastic tarps and bottles used in stick structures.

February 19, 2017 ~ Reo mentions bottles, especially blue ones. Also tarps are blue. Blue things. Shiny things. Glass, plastic.

February 21, 2017 ~ SnowWalkerPrime mentions Reo's (and Christopher Noël's) discussions of stick structures.

March 5, 2017 ~ SnowWalkerPrime has been interested in Reo's structures and examines structure by a roadside. Finds blue tarp.

March 5, 2017 ~ Recalling Reo's previous videos and the blue tarp in this video I leave this response* on SnowWalker's page:

"I've heard [from Reo] they like putting blue things around their area. I know that bower birds will do this. I think they do it to attract a mate. Some bower birds use blue items, some red, some grey. But similar does not always equal the same as. They might have a totally different reason for doing this...."

NOTE: Similar is not the same as. I am not suggesting that the hut-makers use the human-made objects for creating a bower or attracting a mate. All we know is that they incorporate such objects and that they scatter them throughout. Tarps for instance, which SnowWalker will say in one of the next videos are not used to block rain, but are merely shoved into the structures.

March 7, 2017 ~ more discussion from SnowWalker on huts, with specific comments on blue tarps, bottles, etc. Here he is pointing out inclusion of such items, but not used in human ways. He coins a term 'bower bird effect'. Bower bird photos used in video.

March 8, 2017 Further specific discussion on 'bower bird effect' with emphasis on human-created items scattered around randomly. Again, photos of bowers used.

March 8, 2017 ~ Finally, SnowWalkerPrime releases a video featuring his theory: Bower Bird Theory ~ Does Bigfoot act like a Bird?

Though I don't have any reason to believe that they are using the huts like bowers to attract mates. I do agree that they might serve some communicative function and that their inclusion of human-made objects might have decorative or other purposes. My original suggestion of the bower bird was merely to point out a similarity of behaviour, but not to over-equate intentions between two different creatures. I don't think SnowWalker is over-equating anything by expressing his theory. He is doing what he does best. Observing and speculating. I think SnowWalkerPrime and Reo excel in both observation and speculation.

*solovief

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