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just a few lines and a not-working-so-well-Paint-program in Windows make my Black History month more exxciting.

Make Patterns with Lines, with Dots, with Circles and Squares


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Topic of the Week: Color Me Blue - Color Me Red
Make Patterns with Lines, with Dots, with Circles and Squares

Patterns can be square, rectangular, minimal, in neutrals or in bright colors. Patterns can also be frilly, silly, and fun. Find the combinatiion that works for you. I did the ones in this issue on Paint in Windows. Use whatever program is most convenient for you. That will help you choose colors in paper and cardstock. Use stamps or stickers if you need help with figurative drawing. Or print any of the images on Dear Habermas, and use them, bigger, smaller, cropped, whatever.

My Paint program made those funny little marks in the rectangle under the thumb-nail image of the Reverend Martin Luther King. Hey, that's free. Keep it. Don't be picky about decorating your cards or boxes. Use whatever comes along, as long as you like it. Most of us think it's really neat to get something you made for us. Homemade is cool.

I know that lots of you have already started on boxes. I wish I'd thought to tell you sooner. It's easiest to decorate the boxes if you decorate the flat pieces before you put them together. Then you can make all over patterns with stamps or rulers or stencils , whatever. And it's lots easier to paste on buttons, ribbons, etc. before you put the box together.

Check out some of the possibilities in this issue and on Decorating.

love and peace, jeanne



  • Spring with Jeanne and Pat in Independent Study

    Instructions and Assignments for Independent Study with Jeanne and Pat Please read.

    Some of you will not be able to leave your day jobs to meet with us. But I'll be posting everything we're working on. Be sure to check each week under announcements for things you'll need to read and know as we deal with our field experiences.

    Be sure you check frequently for instructions on how to make the boxes and cards we use for our community work. Be sure you check in frequently to let jeanne and Pat where you are and what you're doing, so they can let Dr. Hosokawa know how we're all progressing.

    This week you should be sure you understand how to make and decorate an explosion card/box, on one of the issues we'd like to be sure our community knows about. Go to our first assignment sheet.

    Independent Study Form for work with jeanne and Pat in Spring 2007

  • Los Angeles Gallery Exhibit

    Exhibition by Antonia Guzman
    Couturier Gallery

    166 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
    Reception: Friday, January 19, 7-9 p.m.
    exhibition from January 19 to February 24, 2007

    Backup of photo of painting by Antonia Guzman

  • Grades at CSUDH from Fall 2006: Check Issue No. 14, Week of December 3, 2006, for any information you need on winding up this semester at CSUDH.


  • Tell Someone Softly About Human Papilloma Virus

  • Water: A Gift from God? Or Profit Waiting to Be Taken?

  • Women and Crime

    Media Narratives. Milena, a young Russian orphan adopted by a Christian family turns up in Los Angeles, California as a homeless juvenile. Here is one of the reasons we need our investigative reporters. I wanted you all to share this story of an orphaned child, abandoned by well-intntioned parents to tragic consequences. What does this say to us of our juvenile justice system?

    Recognizing that we are all overwhelmed by such tragic stories, I would be delighted if some of you could make card/boxes or waterfall cards that could bring this tragic story to the attention of friends and neighbors, and give us visual reminders of the importance of the need to correct some of these social issues. Help see that children in your local area find an aware and supportive community when they reach 18.

    Pictures you might be able to use for such card/boxes are at Backup of "Milena's mentor stays on the case" - L.A. Times front page story of homeless juvenile on her own at presumed age of 18. Pictures are at the end of the story.

  • How would we like the presidential candidates for 2008 to handle the campaigns?

    Consider whether we want to hear "middle of the road" sound bites and rhetoric of reaction or whether we want to hear reasoned rhetoric and argumentation. One way to influence this is through community-building messages on the issues that matter. I plan to upload some material on rhetoric later this week.

    Meanwhile look at Classical Christian Homeschooling: the Subject of Rhetoric, Comprehensive Reading List for Ph.D. qualifying exams at USC for composition and rhetoric and A Defense of Rhetoric by Thomas M. Rivers. I'll work on summaries. jeanne

    See also: Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment By Bryan Garsten. Harvard University Press. 2005 Thomas J. Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press.

    Basically, what these sources are saying is that there are two concerns with rhetoric that come from very different interpretations of what rhetoric is.

    1. First, Hirschman's interpretation that instead of having meaningful discourse when we disagree, we tend to shout rhetorical phrases and come to increasingly aggressive and hostile positions. The "we" here includes our congressional and executive representatives. Phrases like "Democrats are not patriotic." Phrases like "Republicans don't care about poverty." Rhetorical phrases that harden into shouting matches instead of digging deeper in the search for real solutions. Summary of Rhetoric of Reaction.

    2. Second, there is a whole new worry today. In late capitalism commodification has become so commonplace that we are trying to privatize everything. A father begins to use the stream on his son's property in California to bottle stream water. Many profitable years later, neighbors discover that their streams in a forested mountain site have gone dry as a result.Water Mining of Cold Mountain Streams. This commodification, or putting a price for profiteering on anything, including the water that falls from the sky, is rampant in the corporate scramble for egregious profit.

      Now we are hearing a call for rhetoric, or reasoned argumentation that would bring us to talk to one another seriously about what it means to let another privatize our water, in the name of providing us with its distribution. What is ours as a human right? What can be taken freely by anyone greedy enough to take it and say, "This, now, is mine?" What about water? What about land? What about blood diamonds?

Summaries and Sources

  • Index of Summaries and Sources for Spring 2007 Updated and expanded index on sources for current social, economic, and political issues in our communities. I'll work on this index throughout the semester. It takes time. But you're welcome to nag me if there's a topic that concerns you. jeanne

Visual Sociology: Different Colors, Different Feelings

  • Moods and Color

    A Storm Cloud?: The feeling of colors, using a Paint brush with the spray icon.

    A Storm Cloud? Would you like to remove the deep gray and black bits? What might those dark bursts illustrate?

    Red, white, and blue

    Much is being made of patriotism, as Congress debates the war in Iraq. President Bush is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on the Intelligence Assessment Report as saying that he would not consider disagreement with his plans for Iraq unpatriotic. Disagreement in determination of policy decisions is considered both essential and ethical. I wonder why he would ever consider it unpatriotic. I wonder also why anyone would interpret disagreement with policy on the war the same thing as a lack of support for our troops. Quite the contrary. If we care about and support our troops, that concern demands that we pursue criticism and revision of policies that may not be in their best interest. That's called democracy, government by the people.

    The grosgrain ribbon forms the line between the gray and orange sections here.
    Easy enough to tie the ribbon into a bow if you want extra decoration.

    How do I love thee?   How do I love thee?

    Blocking might be more interesting if we added texture or a small drawing.

SquiggleA Range of Sources on Global Events

Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times - The National Review
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Sierra Club - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal - The Weekly Standard - The Nation
The Cato Institute (Libertarian) - The Open Society
BBC NEWS | Americas
- truthout - Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - La Opinion - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor - Palestine Report

Wikipedia - Web Sources Linked from Dear Habermas
Concept Index - T.R. Young and the Red Feather Institute




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