How did a grizzled, carousing, hard drinking Arizonan with the look of a seedy prospector manage to paint such winsome, frolicking, cherubic little children who seem to delight in life and have certainly delighted those who view them? I’m not what I seem, he said, and those who knew him agreed he was a bundle of contradictions. But there was no denying he was an artist of immense popularity who courted it by painting as much as possible on as many things as possible – more than 20 thousand canvases along with walls, bowls, plates, dresses and once, when challenged, a tortilla. Continue reading “The Artist Who Couldn’t Stop – Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia”
One of incessant bombings of Yemen killed eight members of a family in the capital of Sanaa with only four-year-old Buthaina Muhammad Mansour surviving. She suffered a concussion and skull fractures but is expected to live. In the meantime, she is trying to open her badly swollen eyes. Her family is among thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by Saudi and U.S. bombs in a war that has no plausible explanation and is hardly in the U.S. national interest. The same is true of other current U.S. wars, which are barely reported (how many can you name?), but are no less real for that.