Starting a blog was a 2009 New Year’s resolution.  It was expected to be a one-year experiment but now I can’t stop.

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I am no more than a word

flying out of my forehead

taking pity on itself and maybe nesting

somewhere high above this sad spring.

(From “Written Blindly” by Martín Adán)

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5 Responses to “About”

  1. paul schrade says:

    Mike…..Thank you for your moving and thoughtful essay on “Signs” by Robert Rauschenberg. I tried to download but it is blocked. My interest in “Signs” is that it represents Robert Kennedy as it should as a passionate leader against in an age ofviolence and as I knew him as an activist for social and economic justice. I first worked with him at the 1960 Democratic convention and in Watts and in Delano arranging his connections with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta when he joined the farm workers struggle. We won California on June 4, 1968 and lost him that night and lost so much more. I was wounded and survived and worked 22 years to demolish the wreckage of the Ambassador Hotel. We opened two k thru 5 schools in September and and will open the middle and high schools next September for 4300 students from 90% latino working families. The schools will be named the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools at the LA School Board meeting set for January 12. Enough for background and credentials! I know and love Rauschenberg’s work and found out about “Signs”. We already have public art set for the new schools and am excited about the possible installation of “Signs”. What do you know about its availability either by purchase or loan? Will you please send me a copy of your essay……Paul

  2. Michael Zane Ettner says:

    Hello Mike. You have an awesome name! Congrats on securing the domain name before me. I just thought I’d stop by and say hello. It’s not every day that I come across someone wih whom I share the same name.

    See you in the funnies,


  3. Randi says:

    thanks for your review of “Monsieur Pain” on Amazon. Your excellent analysis and description persuaded me that this is not a book I would enjoy, and I understand why. Best regards.

  4. Glad to discover this, and look forward to visiting again.

  5. Stan Cuba says:

    In connection with a history of the charter members of the Denver Artists Guild (first half of the 20th century) which I am preparing for publication with History Colorado (fka Colorado Historical Society), I am would to reproduce Vallie Fletcher’s painting (winter snow in Denver). She was a charter member of the Guild and the painting in your collection is the only one I have been able to locate. Thank you in advance for your reply

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