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The Kaleidoscope Bowl

The Kaleidoscope Bowl (top) ___________________ The Kaleidoscope Bowl (side) ___________________ The Kaleidoscope Bowl (bottom) ___________________ “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle _________________ Occasionally one picks up an item that doesn’t have much monetary value, and yet it feels as though it has vast psychic value. While on vacation in Sioux City, Iowa, I picked up such an item: a ceramic/pottery bowl at a thrift store that absolutely carries some kind of positive power – what,  I don’t know, just that I “feel” something coming from it. It’s very weird because I usually only feel such spirituality from rocks and mineral specimens (and people, of course). It was obviously done at the hand of child or a childlike person. While the young artist has a fine sense of color, the piece itself is not a wowzers in terms of its physical attributes and form. In fact, it’s a bit

The (Rigged) Bingo Game

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. --Aristotle Last night, I dreamt that I was playing a high-stakes Bingo game. The prize: $1,000,000 But some of the numbers on the Bingo card were wrong; for example, "1" was placed under "I." To win, I needed just one number; unfortunately, that was the "I-1" number. I tried to tell the Bingo caller that my card was faulty. He couldn't (or wouldn't) hear me, so the game played on. In the face of impossibility, I kept rooting for "I-1" to be called. But in my heart, I realized that my winning number would never be called; the game, fixed in favor of someone else, had been stacked against me. I awakened angry and lamenting the unfairness of life. However, I have come to realize that we often play games that offer no chance of winning. Extreme dieting, defined as an eating plan that no normal-weight

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment