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margo halverson

Geraniums to Chrysanthemums to Hopefully Pansies

Weather, winter, grey (gray), icy paths, salted cars, real headaches and the pretty of winter is gone. Today. Decidedly Today. Apparently two jet streams are still streaming. The peonies were … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Buckeroo Banzai and Pinballs

There’s a scene in this [great] 8o’s movie where Peter Weller, Buckeroo, hears a woman crying as he’s onstage playing with his band The Hong Kong Cavaliers. He asks for … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

True North

Convergence, traveling through, resting on, concluding, opening-up, weaving in the ends, moving, stopping — fits and starts of investing into what may be intended as a forward motion now includes … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Bit of Longing Mixed In

Inspired by a book I ran across, Before I Die by Artist Candy Chang, I was wondering how I’d complete the sentence as I strained to look closely at my computer … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Let’s rename the Bucket List

An article in the New York Times about the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., began: What does a 15th-century illuminated manuscript of “The Canterbury Tales” have in common with an … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Those Maps in Our Heads

Last summer at DesignInquiry, Kim Loken brought to the STATION-topic-table an exercise where we exposed thoughts that carry a specific form. She prompted us all to draw something we imagine … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

No More Mourning

My mom passed away — ‘passed’ seems too specific and literal to another place, while adding ‘away’ is more what it feels like — July 28, 2001. Just before 9.11 … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Flying Hours

Dad was a farmer and a pilot. Maybe these are connected; outside, horizontal and being surrounded by weather. He always had a private plane of some sort, they are listed … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unraveling Empathy

Here’s how the Mayo Clinic describes Narcissists (I smiled when I typed and capitalized that word, which Mayo did too): Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance Being preoccupied with fantasies … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Red Vines and Pondering the Tourist

I’ve taught college art courses since I was 22. I remember standing outside of those quanset-type ‘temporary’ buildings that held the darkrooms at Scottsdale Community College with an Intro Photography … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Momentum of -40 degrees

In July of 2012 I went to my High School reunion. It was a whole school reunion with all the classes that graduated from Midway High School. Ever. I dragged … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

42 31-gallon bins

There’s a lot of stuff in the world. An antique dealer told me this in my basement as he picked up, turned over, then put down piece after piece of … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

Above-the-fold with Scarlett and Rhett

Woody Allen was recently quoted in an Esquire interview that “…that if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. No matter how great things are going for you, if … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Editing at the Core

Editors get the short shrift. Editing is at the spine of the day, the thought, the attitude, the final moment of doing, the middle of doing, and all about doing. … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

It Must be Nice

Sabbatical was a term used in ancient Judea as a year of rest for work taken each seventh year. I’m on sabbatical this year. Well, last academic year 2012-2013. I … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Through the Middle

Two perspectives can happen absolutely simultaneously. I am certain. Like couplets. During the making of images; the watching, the noticing, the moment. Then again witnessing within the revising that time … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Red Suitcase

The Red Suitcase was on top of the burn pile. It was that square make-up kit kind from the 60’s so it balanced easily. Charles and my nephew Eric stuck … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment


A shelterbelt is a row of trees that separate fields from the wind for controlling erosion. They define space in the plains of the midwest and these horizontal bands become … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Twirling with 4/4 Time

There is a drum kit in our living room: a bass, floor, middle, and high tom-tom’s, a snare, a high-hat cymbal and ride cymbal. Our daughter took drum lessons and … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Gordon Willis vs. the Still Image

When the film Manhattan by Woody Allen came out in 1979 I was Blown. A. Way. The vignettes of sound, words, and amazing black and white cinematography by Gordon Willis seemed to me to … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

My Instagram

Yay! Food, music, 🍻 🍺 and 🍻 and Hallie's Summer Ale packaging! #mecagd Closes in an hour! This Must Take a Long Time by Crystal Cawley. Beautiful. Yuppers! Ready to rib then sleeve island! My first colorwork, hope it blocks up great (I didn't swatch that part🙏). Whatever. It beats reading the news. #knit #knittersofinstagram #readyforfall #wool #knitting #iloveknitting #rowanyarn So great to celebrate the #mecagd class of 2017 together with the rising Seniors and our caring faculty. Talented, smart and fun. Kinda don't want to let them go. Thesis show opens in a week, work left to do, commencement May 13. 🏅💥💪 @mecagd Amazing beautiful gift from the class of 2017. You will all be missed!

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