CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 21, 2010

Tarantula Tales: Arachnophobia

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

TATANTULA TALES: ARACHNOPHOBIA

     Arachnophobic?

     The young man I invited to my high school prom wasn’t. He raised tarantula spiders in the basement of his parent’s corner store. Occasionally when one would escape the store would close until the spider was found.

     Perhaps you are either a spider person, or you are arachnophobic. I’m neither, as long as there is a barrier between where the insect is and where I am. I spent two summers watching a (more…)

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May 6, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief Rambles) 2:2008 May 5—Temporary Art, Bull-Headedness?-Arachnophobia

TEMPORARY ART AROUND THE WORLD

A passage in Maya Angelou’s book, Even the Stars Look Lonesome, reads: The simple materials (of West African women) are forged into plastic designs that will be as temporary as the length of time between rainfalls, and with no lasting staying power against the insistent sun. These artists, however, do not seem to need promises of longevity, nor do they exhibit a craving for notice out of the ordinary.

While observing sand sculptors, from the very young to the accomplished, along the beaches of New England, I felt a twinge that their works would be washed away with the next high tide. I felt it was a shame to lose such devoted, talented artwork. Yet one artist who had created several complex, eye-catching, sand sculptures told me (more…)

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