meeting for anna may wong

ray johnson 

i used to be good friends with one of the people pictured on this sheet of paper by ray johnson

in fact, he was a real big influence on me

he was so shy - he would flatly deny that he had any influence on anyone or anything

it has been decades since i have seen him - and a couple of years since we last exchanged letters

like ray johnson, he is a correspondence artist

i once went over to his new space - he had just recently broken up with his wife and was living in a pretty large store front down on north liberty street in winston-salem 

i was very surprised at how many boxes he had - boxes marked warhol, johnson, duchamp, etc

i think i may have told you this before, but once when we were driving down this beautiful stretch of highway, heading to an art show in salisbury,

he suddenly remarked on how lush and green the landscape was and how the newly black asphalt of the road was just as beautiful as a painting

then he said something that has stayed with me for a long time  -

“everything man-made is art, everything else is nature”

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The War of 1812

Today is the 203rd anniversary of the United States declaring war on the United Kingdom, commencing the War of 1812 (which, as all history buffs know, actually lasted from 1812-1815). Many factors contributed to the U.S.’s decision to declare war, including unfair restrictions on American trade and the expansion of American land. The 1814 burning of Washington, D.C., is perhaps the most well-known incident of the war.

Many early Phi Beta Kappa members played a key role in the three-year conflict:

John Quincy Adams (Harvard, 1787) helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war. A decade later, he became the sixth U.S. President.

Richard Bland Lee (The College of William and Mary, 1776) helped supervise the reconstruction of Washington, D.C. He was one of Phi Beta Kappa’s earliest members.

John C Calhoun (Yale, 1804) served as one of the leading “War Hawks” that called for the United States to declare war. Later, he led the Nullification Crisis in South Carolina. 

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Scuba Diving in Atlanta!

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Atlanta, Georgia.

You can now become an open Water Scuba diver and meet new people in Atlanta that you can discover extraordinary places with. Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver and learn how to scuba dive while meeting awesome lifetime friends. The experience can be a lot of fun!  The class takes place in a classroom and pool conveniently located in Woodstock, Ga within Metro Atlanta Area. The class utilizes their own Dive Georgia Open Water Quarry in White, GA.

According to Dive Georgia, you can become a Scuba Diver in two weeks by following these 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Check Out Their Shop!

Go to the Dive Georgia shop and meet their phenomenal staff. They will help you get signed up and walk you through the entire process.

Step 2: Check Out Their facilities!

Spend your free time discovering their facilities. Dive Georgia will  provide you with hands on knowledge from professionals while participating in 5 dives in a state of the art pool. The experience provides you with preparation to acquire all the  learning you would need. Dive Georgia works to ensure you have every skill down pat and ready for the Open Water!

Step 3: Congratulate yourself!

Spend a weekend at the water dive resort. At this point you will be ready to do 4 open water dives with an instructor showing proficiency on the skills you learned during your class. Congratulations you will then be a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver!

(Richard C. Wayne, Scuba Diving)

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  Richard Diebenkorn - The Table, c. 1956. Oil on canvas mounted on panel. Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, USA