Weekly musings on the arts and current events.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


My former colleagues at Huntington Park High School, will find out Monday if they've been rehired. The rest will have to pack up and clear out. My heart grieves for these fine people who've been bulldozed by a system that values the appearance of sweeping reform above the hard, incremental work of actual achievement.

As for me, I am leaving for France and I'm not sure whether I'll be able to make any further posts to this blog until July 9th. I hope you'll remember to drop by.

Untitled by Apostoles Georgiou, a contemporary Greek painter. I've seen a number of his untitled paintings that depict little frozen moments before indistinct backgrounds. He thereby gives us liberty to project our own associations, which in my case, is that of waking a sleeping student. Metaphorically I can think of no more powerful image. As proof, allow me to challenge you to role play both of these figures: in what way are you the awakener? In what way the sleeper? Click on the picture for a closer look.


Ben Hardy said...

I have just left a long message, but the computer ate it. Bah! What I most wanted to say was 'Enjoy France'.

DUTA said...

Life could be very frightening to the person who finds himself unemployed. I wish all of your former colleagues to get rehired and go on with their teaching task.

What a sweet painting! I wouldn't, couldn't, awake these two sleeping students.
Sleep is a wonderful, beneficial process, even if it happens to us in an awkward position such as sitting on a chair with the head dropped on the desk.

Have a safe and enjoyable journey to France and back home!!!

DUTA said...

I always omit something important.

I wish you to enjoy your journey to and fro, but also, of course, to greatly enjoy your stay in France.

Crosby Kenyon said...

My attempts at awakening have so far failed. Maybe I've slept too much.

TallTchr said...

Thank you all for your kind wishes. And welcome, Crosby. I've just started sampling your blogs.

Paula Slade said...

Have a grand time in France. :)