Question: Why is there Islamophobia, but not Christianity-phobia, Hinduism-phobia or Buddhism-phobia? Response: A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Perhaps Islamophobia is a poor term. Because, there are certainly good rational reasons to fear a religion when it’s adherents call for death as punishment for apostasy. It is very rational to fear such a consequence. If there was a suffix that signified rational fear of something, I would replace phobia with it. For now, let’s just use the word fear. So Islamophobia…read more
Sun Runes this is an altered photograph of some unusual patterns of light I saw on the wall of a building in Chicago last year. The images remind me of runes. I’ll probably use this image as part of another collage or shadow box.
Question: Are You True to Yourself or Are You Living According to Other People’s Expectations? Response: What is this “yourself” that you should be true to? Isn’t it an amalgamation of your upbringing, influences of friends (and enemies), etc all merged into a slippery and ever changing self image? Don’t you wear clothing because of what society deems as acceptable? You eat food as its been prepared for you? Don’t you respond to your environment in ways that millennia of evolutionary adaptation has prepared you to? Do you not speak…read more
Three more of my poems have been accepted for publication. Immersed, That Time, and Of Cider and Softness will appear in Rue Scribe. Please click on over to read them . If you enjoyed this post, please like and share. Verse Us – Poems I write: haiku, senryu, mesostics, free verse, random word constructions, I might even use rhyme or meter once and a while. Dialectic Two Step, Modern Koans, Verse Us, Say What?, and Minute Meditations all copyright Andrew Furst Subscribe to My NewsletterJoin me for a little peace through reflection, art, video,…read more
Here is a collection of Cinemagraphs that I’ve created over the years. Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip.
The Trip Fall of Songs waterfall is on the property of the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, NH in the Lake Winnipesaukee region. If you use the New England Waterfalls book for directions, as of July 2015, the price of admission to see the falls is now the full admission price. In the book (published in 2010) they noted a smaller entrance fee for the falls only. That’s no longer the case. Of course, being on a waterfall mission, I paid and went on. For the casual waterfall chaser, it was fairly pricey – $16….read more
Here’s a selected list of what people were reading here on andrewfurst.net in June 2018: ESPecially Nuts? – Say What? Natural Bridge in North Adams MA Sea by Tom Pickard – Compass Songs The Theophany – The Latest in the Shadowbox Series Moon Over Little Italy (Baltimore) – Tiny Drops (Photography) People are Strange – Quotes Comics Gallery The Sutra on Totality Ideas and A Good Idea – Thoughts on American Ideals Can White People Be Victims of Racism? – Dialectic Two-Step