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  • Contemplating Logic

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    When I play with my grandson, we suspend the logic of reality. Toy dump trucks fly, giraffes talk with polar bears, gravity is a joke, a paper airplane zigzags twenty feet & has circumnavigated the Earth, an 18” high wobbly block tower is the Empire State Building. Mortality is a hiccup. Such is the logic of play, of silliness.
  • A Sigh Heard Round the World

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    As the violence in Iraq escalates in 2014, Robert Shetterly remembers how the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project started and the importance of community in the struggle for justice.
  • Wailing At the Wall: On returning from a trip to Palestine

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    In April 2014, Robert Shetterly and AWTT board member, Dud Hendrick, accompanied Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists to Palestine. Robert Shetterly reflects on the powerful image of the wall separating the Palestinians and the Israelis.
  • Education, Shirley Chisholm, a Postage Stamp, Hope and AWTT

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    Here's a little tale about public education, public policy, and a postage stamp. In January of this year, these three seemed to converge, but in truth, they passed like trains in the night.Several years ago a designer who works with the US Post Office wrote to me about the possibility of using my AWTT portrait of Shirley Chisholm for a stamp in the Black Heritage series. I was delighted, but as time passed and no more mention was made, I forgot about it.
  • Bill Bigelow: An Earth Day Message - Take Heart from the Abolition Movement

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    On this Earth Day, those of us fighting for climate justice and an end to the world's fossil fuel domination should take heart from the struggle against slavery.Imagine for a moment that it is 1858 and you are an abolitionist. Talk about discouragement: The previous year, in itsDred Scottdecision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no black person—whether enslaved or free—was entitled to become a U.S. citizen. Chief Justice Roger B.
  • The Backward Dancing Man

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    In the early 1970s when I was teaching myself how to draw and hoping, in the process, to develop an artful voice, I was also reading the great anthropologist, philosopher, poet, paleontologist, and writer Loren Eiseley.
  • Exuberant Whales and Frantic Turtles

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    Robert Shetterly considers the exuberance of playful whales and the survival of baby sea turtles.
  • What Would Clyde Do? Why I Painted Clyde Kennard

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    Chances are, you haven't heard ofClyde Kennard, an unsung hero and martyr of the Civil Rights Movement, a man of great wisdom, compassion, gentleness, and determined courage. Until a few months ago, I hadn't either. Then a colleague told me a remarkable story about a man set on showing southern Mississippi white people that their culture would be better for them if they integrated.
  • What You Should Know by Russell Libby, a review

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    Robert Shetterly reviews Russell Libby's new, posthumously published book of poetry, What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm.
  • This App Is So Cool!

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    The entire function of art -- at whatever level of ability -- is to enable a person to discover a personal voice, an idiosyncratic way of seeing, thinking, feeling, reacting, being that could only come from you.