ECLIPSED REFLECTIONS: Revisiting the installations of Dale Eldred

brush-creek-solar-field-1I seems to be a truism beyond dispute:The greatest camera ever created is the human eye. Regardless of the fine-tuned, digital granularity of ever-improving cameras — whether Canon, Nikon, or in your smartphone — there’s hardly any comparison to the wondrous, capacious ways of what we can see. That thesis is challenged strongly by the wondrous, capacious images offered in the “ECLIPSED REFLECTIONS: Revisiting the installations of Dale Eldred” exhibit currently being offered at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Do your eyes — and your heart, mind, and soul — a great favor and see this exhibit sometime between now and the end of the exhibit on Oct. 29.

THINKING ABOUT WORK THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY

For a host of folks this past Labor Day weekend, the barbecue was delicious, the trip to the lake soothing and invigorating, and the time with family and friends a precious gift. But what about the focus of the originating Labor Day celebrations? Without out all the traditional distractions the day after Labor Day seems like a good time to think about work.

It is said that work – right after our love for our families, our relationship with God, our relationships within community, and our vote –is one of our most valuable assets as human beings.

Good work, well done, fit for a good purpose, shaped for sharing in the wider community, is always a cherishable treasure. When we do such work, we are engaging in what poet Marge Piercy plainly and beautifully describes as “to be of use.”

My reflections the day after Labor Day this year are similar to questions I’ve had in previous years: How many folks regard their work as “being of use”?  Do our communities regard work in such a manner? Does U.S. culture? How many of us regard the work of others as worthy and valuable?  And, to add an urgently pressing question, when will we do what is right as a country and raise the minimum wage to $15/hr?

– Bob Hill