Monthly Archives: August 2011

Beauty as Action: An Interview with Nancy Willis

Artist Nancy Willis lives and works in the Napa Valley. Willis works with themes of intimacy and connection across paint, printmaking, and video mediums. Here she discusses her latest project with 10 Years + Counting. Please describe your project. The project is … Continue reading

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A Mother, A Poet

2011 Blue Mountain Center resident Frances Richey wrote this poem after visiting her son, Ben Richey, an Army captain and Green Beret, while he prepared to deploy to Iraq in the fall of 2004. It is included in her collection, The Warrior: … Continue reading

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Spraycans, Brushes, Markers and T-Walls: The Graffiti of War Project

Following Jaeson “Doc” Parson’s piece on Conflict Art  Tricia Khutoresky writes more about the Graffiti of War Project  for 10 Years + Counting.  Modern life conveniently keeps us desensitized and distracted when it comes to war. Beyond the watered-down version that the media shares … Continue reading

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Poetry of Provocation and Witness from Split This Rock: Poem #12

Oh Nature Today some things worked as they were meant to. A big spring wind came up and blew down from the verdant neighborhood trees, millions of those little spinning things, with seeds inside, and my heart woke up alive … Continue reading

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How Safe Are You? What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Spending Bought You

Chris Hellman of  National Priorities Project examines how much we’ve spent on “national security” since the 9/11 attacks in order to question whether (or not) we’re any more secure with almost $8 trillion invested: The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts … Continue reading

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Conflict Art

Jaeson “Doc” Parsons, director of Project Operations for the The Graffiti of War Project writes on the emotions of war captured through art.  Growing up around the inner-cities of Chicago and Dallas, I was exposed to countless territory tags of gangs and … Continue reading

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Gestures of Resistance

Ehren Tool, a Marine and Gulf War veteran, says that “once someone has witnessed a war they are forever changed.” Now, he makes ceramics that draw attention to the experience of war – small clay cups decorated with symbols of … Continue reading

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A Decade of War, 27 Days of Art: The Huffington Post on 10YAC

Writer and editor Nathan Schneider of people powered news site Waging Nonviolence wrote a wonderful piece on the ideas and aims of 10 Years + Counting for the Huffington Post last Thursday. Read the whole piece here.

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Poetry of Provocation and Witness from Split This Rock: Poem # 11

A Photograph (Of An Iraqi Boy on the Front Page of the New York Times) he sat at the edge of the truck (eight or nine years old?) surrounded by his family: his father, mother, and five siblings were asleep … Continue reading

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Coming Home: A poem by Joe Wheeler from the Warrior Writers workshop

A poem by Iraq War veteran Joe Wheeler from the Warrior Writers  project. Coming home Iraq was horrific. The intense searing heat that suffocated…
always.

 Being shot at. Hearing the mortar rounds 
fired at us. The waiting, for the mortar
 rounds to land … Continue reading

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