A Creative Reconciliation

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I just had a wonderful talk with Erik Nicolaisen about the Kesey mural and my critiques in this blog. I found Erik open, insightful, and very helpful in answering questions. We arrived at what I title a ‘Creative Reconciliation’.

the act of causing two people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement

: the process of finding a way to make two different ideas, facts, etc., exist or be true at the same time

Most of the creative questioning goes on in the mind of the creator. We beg for feedback, and are always prepared to argue our case. This process makes us crazy, as it should, because we are in relationship with our muse. If you are not an advocate for your muse, then get out of business of being creative.

Erik said the Job quote came from Babbs. Let us follow the bread crumbs on the forest floor. He said it was his – solution – to make a shelf of mysteries. He hoped the objects on the shelf would awaken ones curiosity. He quoted Ken;

The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer- they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.

[Hmmm! Is this a pre-Brown observation, made before Dan came to own the ‘Gold Mine of Human Mystery with his Rose Line’?]

 Ken is the fly fisherman on the McKENzie River. [a Fisher King] His books are lures. He throws out a page from a book in hope of  getting a strike. I told Erik the quote from Job hooked a great whale like the one that swallowed Jonah!  All of a sudden I had a vision of a Ken Kesey Book Club being held at the Plank. We can take a book off the mural shelf and discuss it.

At this time I want to extend a feather of peace to muralist and author, Erin Sullivan. I would like to see the Creamery mural restored – and THE meaning behind it – recorded.

Tonight, I am going to Eugene City Hall to face my accusers – as their advocate! I was a advocate for the homeless when our paths cross. Then came the threats. There will be many mentally ill homeless people there, like the ones I came upon in Ken Kesey Square. I will make the case that Jesus was for Social Justice and will point out the Crucifixion Darkness. I will seek a New Way, a way for a Reconciliation.

I found Erik Nicolaisen a very fair and thoughtful artist, who is dedicated to his work, and the Ducks! He is a new breed of artist who is a blessed peace maker, and gets excellent results. I would recommend him. Like my late brother-in-law, Garth Benton, Erik is both a muralist, and an actor. He appreciates the image of me showing up in costume and performing a impromptu augur ritual. Erik is the brother-in-law of Craig Ferroggiaro. He myself, and his wife enjoyed a brief conversation. I miss my family of artists – like you would not believe! When we were at work, we were in perfect agreement.

I have known Nancy Hamren since we were twelve. The Label for her yogurt is in the Kesey mural. She met my late sister, when she was eleven. Nancy and I have matching pictures which are priceless. I gave her Cleo. Christine was the model.

If Patrick had not come off his scaffolding, and hit his mark, then this oddfellow was a dead duck! Thanks Patrick! You deserve a raise for being a Civic Mediator. I had to make sure this mural was ‘The Real Deal’. I apply my Note of Authenticity. God job! Consider yourselves honorary members of my illustrious family!



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Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press Co.










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I am an artist, a writer, and a theologian.
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1 Response to A Creative Reconciliation

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Henry Miller, Ken Kesey, Royal Rosamond gathered groups of writers together. What is the major project and theme? If you read books, you live forever. The Buck Institute claims they have longevity up a tree that Rip Van Winkle sleeps beneath.

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