Thinking in Pictures

Walking the Dog

At the park I met a fellow dog walker and we struck up a conversation, naturally, about dogs. Mine is a mutt, but Blue Healer if one has to choose because of the one blue eye, the gray coat and the herding instinct she displays when she runs. My fellow dog walker mentioned Temple Grandin, animal activist, behaviorist, empathist, writer, thinker, autism spokesperson. She from Colorado State University, the subject of the movie Thinking in Pictures.

None of which I was familiar with then, but now, thankfully, I am.

And if you don’t know what an “empathist” is then “you should care” to find out.

Thinking in Pictures

You are wondering, I suppose, what has this to do with Traditions Home. I could describe Gat Creek Furniture as made in Berkley Springs, West Virginia, made of native American wood, locally sourced, solid ash, cherry, maple, and walnut in a variety of hand-rubbed finishes. Made by American craftsmen and women, using time-honored techniques.

Or, I could just show you in pictures as I did above.



tiki with 5 chairs, vintage art, red horse signs

Summer is Past

Labor Day is past, the rain is falling today, all day, and the cat has decided to stay inside and sulk. Summer is officially over. It is time to get out the scrap book, update the photographs, and take stock of the experiences and memories we enjoyed this summer.

Summer is past, or is it?


Was it real? I ask.

Can I hope to hold on to that perfect moment in a world that never stops? Can I save it with a photograph or a work of art?

Is memory more real than reality?

To Plato’s statement by way of Socrates that Art can never truly represent Reality, I say:


Our world, as we experience it, is many things. Uncertain in what he sees, Socrates calls these “a collection of mere appearances like reflections in a mirror and shadows on a wall,” but our experience, and our reality, is more than that, it is not mere sight, but the sense of the thing, the sum of all our experiences, the laughter, the tears, the trips and vacations spots with family and friends, the diaries, and postcards, and pictures, and yes, art.

Life is the sum total of our memories

Consider, there are countless chairs in the world. There is the cradle that keeps the infant safe, the rocking chair for the child at play, and the royal throne for the king, who uneasy wears his crown.

But the perfect chair is the one we were sitting in when a special moment took place.

tiki with 5 chairs, vintage art, red horse signs
Tiki with 5 chairs, vintage art, red horse signs

Get your perfect chair at Robyns Lake House down by the Tiki Hut

Tiki Hut

What do philosophers know of life? Plato’s Republic in PDF format