“Roundabout” by YES

Friends often ask why we are grocery shopping in far away towns like Snohomish, Covington or even Cle Elem.  It’s because our small Honda is our music listening room:) ! In our neighborhood, one four-way intersection was turned into a new traffic system.  Kumiko learned this is called a “roundabout.” “ Roundabout“?? Oh yes! ‘Roundabout’ by … YES!  We are…

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‘Don Quixote’ by Cervantes

I have a soft spot in my brain for Cervantes’  ‘Don Quixote.’ I went to Spain with my father when I was twelve, and moved there at the age of twenty-three (that’s where Kumiko and I met, in fact), so seeing the hills and paths Don Q and Sancho would have wandered made an impression…

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Ellensburg Library (WA) / The completion of Heike-Monogatari

  We are on a road trip to celebrate the completion of our 108-issue DigiLetter(https://us.mag2.com/ ) a weekly online magazine, ‘Heike Monogatari and the Traditional Noh Plays of Japan‘ (my writing, Kumiko’s art). This is our first Sunday in over two years without a deadline! Still writing, though, still painting. Such beautiful weather! Today’s will be…

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Healing in Noh in Parabola magazine,Fall 2016

Parabola magazine,Volume 41 No.3 Fall 2016 ( http://parabola.org/) features ‘Healing in Noh,’ . ( by Kenneth E Lawrence, Art by Kumiko Lawrence)) Our longest and most personal article yet. The article discusses several Noh plays, including ‘Atsumori,’ ‘Kiyomori’ and ‘Sanemori,’ and what we can learn from them regarding revenge, sympathy and aging. As always, the…

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“The Wandering Falcon” by Jamil Ahmad (@ Salt Lake City Library)

Today’s office is Salt Lake City  Public Library. I’m drinking coffee (of course) and reading Jamil Ahmad’s ‘The Wandering Falcon.’ The book’s setting – Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan – resembles somewhat the deserts of Southern Idaho and Utah, and the author’s dream-like story-becomes-story-becomes-story linkage fits the current mode of my brain, weary after such a long drive….

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【Kumiko】Salt lake City Library (UT)

Salt Lake City Library is definitely one of the most beautiful library’s I’ve ever been to.  The building has a futuristic feel as well as an ancient-like (Roman?) architectural atmosphere. The spacious front space includes a contemporary-design water structure. Entering  the lobby, there is five story-high with an open ceiling in the center. The modern atrium is exposed…

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