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“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”

― Elbert Hubbard


The painting above is called Endless Time, from back in 2008. It’s what I might call one of my Big Quiet paintings. Just color and forms. No central objects to garner the focus. No Red Trees or Red Roofs or Red Chairs. Not even a far point that seems like a destination.

I am not passing through, not heading anywhere past this point nor concerned with paths to follow.

In this piece, I’m just there. Now.

It’s a place without words. Pure silence.

The Big Quiet.

I would try to describe it further but unless you know or seek the Big Quiet yourself, as Elbert Hubbard points out above, you probably won’t understand.

Silence and quiet is a subjective thing as our recent isolation has proven. For some, it is a glorious thing without the sounds of traffic and crowds. For others, it is horrifying, maybe a reminder of the stillness of the grave.

We all experience the silence differently.

I think you know where I stand on the Big Quiet.

Enough said.

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The Coming Together


Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

                    – Elbert Hubbard


I came across this quote and wanted to use it not just because I find it humorous but because I wanted to just point out the life of Elbert Hubbard who started and headed the Roycrofters in East Aurora, NY in the early part of the 20th century.  I came across the Roycrofters many years ago when I acquired several of Hubbard’s books.  They were printed and bound by the Roycrofters and were beautifully done with wonderful papers and great bindings.  I discovered that the Roycrofters was a community that Hubbard had assembled that created many artisan products in the Arts and Crafts style- books,furniture, pottery, hammered copper and  more.  All beautiful stuff.

Hubbard was an interesting guy whose life ended in a fittingly interesting way as he was aboard the Lusitania, the ocean liner controversially sunk by German u-boats in the early days of World War I.

I don’t have a lot to say about Hubbard except that I’ve always admired his aesthetic works and the humor and wisdom he imparted in his books.  If you get a chance, look him up…





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