Mendacity, a Sign of the Times

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Cosmetics is a multibillion dollar industry. In the 18th century when men of stature wore shoulder length wigs, it was never conceived that such paraphernalia could be afforded by the ordinary. One local weatherman in Baltimore Md., started his stint wearing a toupee; he later came clean for all to see his bald spot, and he has been loved even better.

With the digital revolution in full swing, a man can fall in love with a gorgeous specimen sent to his mobile phone, only to fall into utter despair, when he sees her “for real, for real” , is no way near what he has on his phone. He became casualty to MENDACITY! Stormy Daniels, (the exotic dancer in the Donald Trump Affair) said she felt the same way.

Today mendacity has been trivialized by those who lack the love for words in their contexts, thus mendacity has been replaced by “FAKE”.

Mendacity is, one having the tendency to lie.

Why do you think when Tennessee Williams wrote CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, it became a block buster?

The public saw the facade of a rich white southern family experiencing the same things as “the have nots”: lying, cheating, scheming, sexual dissatisfaction and willing to do the utmost to gain an advantage.

The play now running at CenterStage Baltimore, is three hours long; make sure you are not tired when you attend. We are in 2018, and 1955 has a repeat. This is more than about the human “cat” in the white dress. At the end, you may ask yourself, in 2016, “was I a victim to mendacity?

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I Knocked on Hades Door, but Escaped.

On Sunday August 26, 2018, I was on a 30 foot ladder, trimming my Japanese tree; the next thing I knew, I was being placed on a gurney, and rolled into an ambulance. I had fallen, hit the right side of my derriere, my back, and my head.
My quick-minded neighbor, heard the crash, rushed out her house, and was closing the 4 inch gap in my skull, until paramedics came.
I have been trimming this tree for over 20 years, felt I was in control of whatever; but standing on a ladder, with one hand holding an electric trimmer, trying to get that outstretched limb, could have cost me my life, as I landed on that jagged pointed rock. Believe it or not I have a certificate in Safety! Yet I did not follow those safety steps. Some would say it was keeping with my heritage of “monkeying” around.
Last time I checked most, who have tree companies, and sustain the most back and head injuries from falling out of trees, and off of roofs, are not of the race that looks like me. (More of my writings on THECULTUREPAGE.COM or OSWORLDINC.COM)

Following surgery

I’m in the Emergency Room.

Before the bandages




Through the Eyes of Two Women


Jackie Miland’s use of acrylic and paper.

When Marco Polo journeyed to Asia, particularly China, he was so impressed he learned the language. But what has sustained interest in China is its art. It began with handwriting (calligraphy) poetry, then combining those skills to design earthenware for the Emperor, thus the porcelain cups, dishes referred to as “china”, then “the china closet”

CINDY CHENG, is a Baltimore artist, who has tried to run away from her inherited endowment, but has decided to let her DNA to be known to the world. She is part of a two women exhibition, THE THING IS CLOSE, now running at the SCHOOL 33 ART CENTER , at 1427 Light Street in Baltimore.

I talked to her about the creation O, BEAUTIFUL, which combines not only Chinese ceramic technology, but engineering, that is now catapulting the Yen to values not hither to realized.


Cindy Cheng, use of blinds, epoxy clay and paper.

Delighted to see a piece from Jackie Milad

Visitor excited about Jackie Milad’s work.

Grand Opening of THE THING IS CLOSE

Rain did not stop visitors to the grand opening.

Cindy’s partner at the exhibition is JACKIE MILAD, another Baltimorean, with Egyptian and Honduran backgrounds.

Interestingly, we do know that both Marco Polo an Christopher Columbus were Europeans, Columbus discovering Honduras, and bringing the Spaniards to inhabit that Caribbean island.

Milad’s work is filled with masks, with a series of messages hidden for viewers to find. The Egyptian and Honduran culture can be morbid, with similarities to the American Indian, and the brutalities the tribes suffered at the hands of the Europeans.

Can this exhibition, THE THING IS CLOSE, awaken the need for us to be closer