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An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 8:30am 14 Comments

...........................a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.

But everywhere one looks, among the speeches and the desperate diplomacy, there is no real way forward. A just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, but it…

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Myanmar, as we knew it, is disappearing

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:30am 7 Comments

Myanmar, as we knew it, is disappearing

I have been to Myanmar three times, first in 2005, next in 2010 and just lately, in February of 2013. It is startling, and depressing at the same time, to see how the country, as it changes, is being distorted by the influx of tourists. Of course I understand that most of the changes are good for…

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Article from the Palestinian News Agency on their website 'Ma'an. -posted Nov. 18, 2012,

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:07pm 2 Comments

Ma'an News Agency, "an integral part of Ma'an Network," "was launched with generous funding from the Danish Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority 



Some of the donors with whom Ma'an Network partners are The European Commission (the EU), UNDP, UNESCO, the Government of Denmark, the Government of the Netherlands, UKaid.
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"Israel is…
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Jewish Riots Erupt Following Netanyahu Cartoon

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 10:20am 8 Comments

The following is a snip from an article at The Tablet written by Adan Chandler published Jan 29, 2013
I encourage you to follow the link and read the entire article there.…
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Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` What a fun joint. I use ti do a Farmer's Market in Columbia. You the Friendly Guy? He always Whistled. `"
Aug 26, 2015
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` no worry... blog not sticky or stick goo as earlier. `, ' `"
Jun 22, 2015
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` I visit to glean ... Ya's ought to be a editor for the Wash- Post ` Arts & Travel Guide ` Ovation? no. Trip to ` Afghanistan? `, ' Blog getting Poky ` gin."
Jun 22, 2015
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` I forgot I was Here in 2013. I was visiting Doc Vega's Home Site. I try to reread off line down at 64-Acre Lake. I almost fear a Trip more than 2- miles Away. I turned down a DC Day. `, '"
Jun 21, 2015
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post Open Salon is down
"` no comment ' I say ` Whatever ' and go sip ` milk ' and view ` Storm ' and sense ` Woe  and PAN` Visit ' and deceiver ` PAN   and Panic ` wet pants? Deleters ` chatter death... and vow ` no annoy '"
Jul 23, 2014
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` Thanks Jonathan Wolfman. I wish You were a Lawyer. I look for one who will wear pajamas with feet. ` I hate to see skull tattoos. No visit Auschwitz with a survivor's banker who sports ` skull and bones ` tattoo. No say ` Banker who steal…"
Oct 17, 2013
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post Open Salon is down
"` I was reading @ Jonathan Wolfman I saw this while restraining a comment. I love meeting Travelers in the Inn. I was once lambasted by this ` Traveler. We sure learn when we are mocked at. That's when we really begin to learn. Michael de…"
Oct 17, 2013
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post Open Salon is down
"` Ah! My gosh . . . I saw this at` top. It was @` M. Sears, ` -  Nature's Cycles  - ` O, heehaw, O, Jake, and demented` Jake, like` ill's` "soothsayers" O, I just venting` steam. I had` another` wild day."
Sep 23, 2013
Jonathan Wolfman commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"Arthurs' responses are for some an acquired tatste, and were for me I wholly appreciate them now, as I do this very interesting piece. "
Sep 18, 2013
The_Traveler commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"In regards what you said about Israel, I agree totally. In regards to Arthur's verse, I've spent my time on Open Salon and here on Our Salon attempting to be even minded, and not to offend in the way I say things, in the hope that that…"
Sep 18, 2013
koshersalaami commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"Traveler,I suspect far more legitimate reasons that don't have to do with attempting to attract attention. Arthur has a very interesting, not to mention fairly traumatic, personal history. I think that lens is more about distance than…"
Sep 18, 2013
The_Traveler commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"and bad verse too."
Sep 18, 2013
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post Open Salon is down
"` Can't figure you out. I don't want to know you. I know folk in Columbia, Md. Whem my Mom was alive I did The Columbia Farmer's Market. I just call You ` Taveller_ Jerk. But, you'll go mope a bit more. Thanks for insight. You…"
Sep 18, 2013
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` Well, No project. You be nasty Jerk? Freud might say? you perfect,rude, brilliant? Hubris Full, as like Full Moon in Night Time. You insecure. You make a world a worst Place. I bet you delete? Maybe I ask a Freudian egghead. We need 2- opinions."
Sep 18, 2013
The_Traveler commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"I think that people who make comments in 'verse' are really trying desperately to attract attention to themselves rather than actually contribute something sensible."
Sep 18, 2013
Arthur James commented on The_Traveler's blog post An Argument for a single state solution in the Middle East with some interesting details
"` I was in the occupied Golan Heights in the seventies. I Traveled alone, and met amazing fellow Travelers. I tried to figure the land thefts, and The Balfore Declaration. Arthur James Balfour ref `Palestine, and the honest distribution of land. I…"
Sep 18, 2013

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retired health care exec, researcher, formerly Army officer now virtually full time photographer
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http://lewlortonphoto.com

The pain of the tortured, untalented artist.

There are lots of artists around. Virtually everyone who has tried to create or evn thought about creating considers herself or himself an artist and is certain that, given the opportunity to write or paint or draw or sculpt or photograph, their real artist will burst from the drab chrysalis and reveal the exquisite butterfly of talent within, of course leaving that ugly worm-like pupa behind.

There is an interesting discussion on this at reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comments/yopk4/are_we_all_aware_that_99_of_us_are_delusional/) and the tag line is “Are we all aware that 99% of us are delusional, untalented, and lack the necessary drive to ever be successful as writers?

Substitute your chosen art in this sentence in place of 'writing' and you get the idea. Woody Allen said that 95% of life is just showing up and that may be true that it takes some amount of tenacity to work on something and rework it until it passes one's own test for 'good.' But the ability to judge one's own work is limited; after all, we all think are children are beautiful and talented yet the reality is that, to an unbiased observer, most babies are red and gnomelike and most children are noisy, obnoxious and unpleasant little brutes whose only saving graces are that they are small anf easily overcome and they tend to sleep long hours.

Back to the main point. Anyone who tries to create, who tries to be an artist, comes up against the fact that even attempting real art does requires a great deal of work but the product of that work becomes art only when it is magnified by some otherwise indiscernible talent. And when the end product of our labor is only some lump of work and obviously not art, then comes the painful point of reality arrowing right in.

I have been a photographer for a good long time now and have become technically proficient in the areas I practice. Yet, there is an enormous gap between the ability to see and capture something in a meaningful manner and the that higher level of ability where the work is transformed into art.

The most painful part of this is that my critical sense has grown far past my artistic abilities. I can appreciate the creative process that illuminates the best work while being aware that while I can mimic what has been done, I cannot originate this kind of, that level of work.

The praise of my equals is not enough to overcome my own more real appraisal; that praise, the kind of group support so common on the Internet, being driven in part by a social need to act well towards friends and the unspoken hope that the same reward will be returned;.

So I work on, always driven by my need to create, yet always pained by the knowledge that, regardless of my best efforts, my work is only in most cases documenting what I see and lacks the vital spark of creativity I see so clearly in the best of artists.

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At 1:59pm on October 3, 2012, L in the Southeast said…

Thanks for the edit and thanks for friending me, Lew.

At 8:50am on September 5, 2012, Janitor said…

hi - so far, the photo options seem fairly strong. the default for display is a width of 630px i believe to fit the center column. you may run in to some issues regarding number of image you can upload at any given time.  when added to posts, after 5 images you must save & then go back to adding pictures.

hope that helps

At 8:22am on June 27, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

I knew it was one of your grandkids.You love him,as I can see.

At 6:46am on June 27, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

Oh,hi,Traveler,did you have a metamorphosis?You look ever so sweet as a kid!

Welcome here!

 
 
 

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