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Monthly Archives: December 2012



The next day in Miami we visited some private collections of contemporary art, which closely resembled what we had seen in the exhibition center. But it was pleasant to walk from place to place in the sunny palm-lined streets. One of the private collections – supposedly in part funded by profits from the drug-fueled Studio […]

Art Basel Miami Beach.


My first full day in Miami was the “preview day” at Art Basel, the nation’s most prestigious contemporary art show. I had never been to anything like it and we had VIP passes, so I was raring to go. We ended up spending something like six hours at the show, in two separate visits during […]

Marie-Louise von Franz, Jung, Death.


I had the sudden conviction that I should finally more fully explore the writings of Marie-Louise von Franz, a second-generation Jungian whose writings I have been impressed by in the past.  I am in general always partial to people who have some kind of redemptive salvific Messianic purpose in their work: ‘Like all of us, […]

Landing in Miami.


When I got off the plane I was amazed immediately: in tropical climates the humid air holds the warmth all night, and I could walk out of the airport in short sleeves in perfect comfort. Miami began its wild growth after the “Great Freeze” of 1894, when Florida’s entire citrus crop was killed off by […]

Thom Collins, Director of Miami Art Museum.


I had the good fortune to stay at the house of Thom Collins, the current director of the Miami Art Museum, while visiting Miami.  He was extraordinarily hospitable and it was because of him that I ended up having VIP access to all the events at Art Basel, the massive contemporary art show in Miami. […]

In the Everglades.


Land of Contrasts.


At least one person expressed astonishment that I was headed off to Miami for a week – “we mountain people,” she said, “don’t want anything to do with Miami.”  I had a little taste of that in the airport on my way down.  I was waiting on the security line, shoes and boarding pass in […]

Back Home.


The stars have been amazing the past few nights, and I’ve been observing the positions of the moons of Jupiter, which amazingly really do change position constantly.  The Geminid meteor shower has been going on, and there have been occasionally amazing shooting stars.  And two nights ago I had a fabulous conversation with a pack […]

Windfall Profit.


Snow is predicted for tonight, so I worked overtime filling up my truck – which I can still drive to the cabin over the snowless ground – with firewood from a more distant part of my property.  The wood is from one of the trees downed by Hurricane Sandy.  It’s beautiful wood, fresh green maple. […]

Campaigning for Obama in Ohio.


For a long time I was not sure if I would campaign for Obama this year. I was fairly complacent about the election; Romney was, I thought, a terrible candidate, and the Republicans had no ideas beyond giving further government assistance to an utterly unworthy investor class, which I felt could hardly be a winner […]