Walt’s Orchids

Alice Coltrane / From the Album Translinear Light (2004) _____________________________________ Yesterday, we had the funeral for my father-in-law Walter M. Sharp. I was honored to write the obituary for this incredible man. One of the many passions in Walt’s life was growing Orchids and there were a number of orchids at the visitation. God often […]

A Biographical Diorama

Artie Shaw / Star Dust (1940) _________________________________________ My father-in-law – Walter Sharp – passed away on February 8, 2023 at the age of 93. There is a service for him on February 17th. Walter was born in 1929 just a few weeks after the great stock market crash. He was an amazing person. Among other […]

The Symbolism of Hopper’s “New York Movie”

Glenn Miller & His Orchestra / “In the Mood” / 1939 ____________________________ John Fraim Writing in the 2/23/23 issue of The New York Review of Books, Christopher Benfey (Mellon Professor of English Emeritus at Mount Holyoke) observes about the artist Edward Hopper, words that have come to dominate, and increasingly suffocate, our experience of Hopper’s paintings are “alienation, loneliness, voyeurism and the […]


Doing some dioramas based around cliches. A cliché is a phrase or expression that has been used so often that it has become trite or unoriginal. Clichés are often used in literature, speech, and other forms of communication as a way to convey a common idea or sentiment quickly and easily, but they can also […]