Ceramic Necklaces

I saw these at the Dawkins store website. Here is the makers site.

The Original Tree of Life Ceramic Necklace  (or Ode to Charles Darwin in Gray)

Here is some info about the out campaign. http://outcampaign.org

The Out Campaign: Scarlet Letter of Atheism

And an interesting T-shirt from the website.

Here is the text from the back of the T-shirt if you have trouble reading the image.

“The Bible says modern people are the result of incestuous relations Cain and his brothers had with their sisters. Science says we are all descendants of Africans.
I believe science”

You’re more unstable than I could have possibly imagined.

Will I find a solution to this problem? It has been a big distraction for me this year. Or I have been to distracted to deal with this problem. I have been thinking about religion, spirituality, my place in our universe and how it relates to my work. I have been questioning my understanding of the world around me for the past few years. The main problem was the relevance of spirituality without a soul. A resolution to this problem has been elusive. The existence or presence of a soul has always been a troubling concept that I have ignored in the past. Though it seems to me that a spiritual world may not be relevant…
 Here is a link to a recent post queerer than we can suppose. I have referred to spirituality in some of my posts and I have been considering how to and if I should include it in my work. My biggest concern is that we live in a country that is generally intolerant to different ideas. Religion is an area were this intolerance is the greatest. And to be honest I do not want to participate in this. Now is that a part of my consciousness declaring that spirituality is no longer relevant to me. Maybe I thought I needed it at some point in my life. I was going to introduce this topic of doubting spirituality in a post I have been writing about a mandala from the Kamakura period in Japan but then I saw this article and thought this was a better introduction to this topic. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11837869 This link is an article about possible big bangs before the big bang.

I have rights too!

Sometimes you have to stand up for your rights. Some readers who like textiles may find this interesting Now some people may not like this link due to the graphic nature of it. But it’s not really offensive. Well the images aren’t offensive, unless you’re very sensitive to images of “sort of” nude people. I find the invasive and ineffective process offensive and what people are being put through.

Have you been to the AGO lately?

A little excerpt from a video about the Thomson collection and new building.

I thought the ceramic pieces are great. I appreciated the display of the maiolica in the gallery. The ability to walk around the work and see the front and back of the pieces is important to fully appreciate craft objects.  But the craftsmanship that is exhibited in the wood and ivory carvings is phenomenal.

Motives are translucent

We often face conflict in our lives. The conflicts can lead to situations or decisions that we may later regret. They may be the wrong decision and hurtful to ones around us. Unfortunately some people lack the compassion and intelligence to see or regret their mistakes. They live life as if no harm was caused by their careless and selfish decisions. Some people have decided that they are going to reshelve George Bush’s new book in the crime section in their local book stores. Here is a link to some websites about it.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/nov/09/george-bush-memoir-crime-section
http://wagingnonviolence.org/2010/11/wnv-campaign-to-reshelve-bushs-memoir-taking-off/

The Voracious March of Godliness by Bad Religion