In the 1950’s after the tragedies of WWI and WWII, there was excitement that new inventions would bring more leisure time and more affluence to everyone. Those who had fought and sacrificed during WWII through rationing, inventiveness and hard work would be rewarded. These men and women were known as the Greatest Generation.
There have been links made between depression and clutter. What does the Greatest Generation think of us?
Aesop’s Fable: The Peacock’s Complaint
A peacock was very unhappy with his ugly voice, and he spent most of his days complaining about it.
“It is true that you cannot sing,” said the fox, “But look how beautiful you are!”
“Oh, but what good is all this beauty,” moaned the disheartened bird, “with such an unpleasant voice!”
“Oh hear,” said the fox, “Each one has its special gift. You have such beauty, the nightingale has his song, the owl has his eyes, and the eagle his strength. Even if you had an eloquent voice, you would still complain about another thing.”
Part of An American Story: The Phasianidae Family & Friends Exhibition
This work was done in response to the 2016 Election and Black Lives Matters protests. Each work was exhibited with a story or quote. Below is the introduction to the overall exhibit.
I am a story addict. I want to know where a story will go but as any reader knows there are different sides to the same story paradoxes that make the story richer for the contrast. Right now I don’t recognize the story that America is telling. I hear words like “Great, Better, Best, Wealthiest, Melting Pot, and at the same time words like “Sh*thole, Walls, Sons of B*tches, America First.” from the mouth of the man elected to lead us.
I love our country. The promise of the story started with the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights.
These ideals and documents that have been fought for, bled for and lead people to our shores to be part of this land. I love that our Revolution inspired the French and to honor our part in their history they gifted us the Statue of Liberty. I love the poem on her base. These are the ideas that have balanced the daily news stories that have torn at my soul while I worked on the paintings for this exhibit.
What story is our country telling you?