Author Archives: Val

The All Day Song of Pancakes

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency finds necessary the tracking of the whereabouts of Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Way and requests reports of sightings of the ersatz couple. Obviously the two attempted to enter eastern NC via the Roanoke River but this writer will not reveal the true whereabouts here, on this website, as the current tracking requires sightings be recorded via email through the customerservice area of the website. Why am I telling you this? Dear friends, as we shift on our […]

How to get WebRoot off your Mac

In the interest of the frustrated public, here’s how you take WebRoot off your Mac. Open the WebRoot window. Go to the General Settings and you’ll find a whole bunch of clickable options … find the one that allows to to Shut Down WebRoot. It is not checked by default for some users, others may have inadvertently unchecked this option. Check it .. get out of the WebRoot window. Now, go up to the top right of your Mac, to […]

Theory of Memory Relativity

My thoughts are thus: Nostalgia fuels memories. Memories fuel creativity. The reaction to the memory creates an action in the creative mind. Not the numbing sad mind, not the depressed mind but the whole mind. Paul King (computational neuroscientist) writes on Quora: Most likely, creativity is a whole-brain process, and creativity is maximized when information, knowledge, skills, and cognitive styles from all parts of the brain work in coordination to explore and organize as many divergent paths of thinking and feeling as possible. The nostalgia […]

Studio Reorganization Attempt #23

It’s time to sort or be sorted. Art or get off the pot. And the announcement of my first annual ever Tear Up a Book Today Day. Halloween-Momentumis Life is passing by, the spooks of yesterday’s art projects linger in the room. I am fidgeting through box after box of ephemera, paraphernalia and googley gooks. Some of you know I recently gave away 100s of vintage Look, Life and other 1950-1960s magazines to my fellow collage artists. Paper grows old […]

The Assemblagist Assembles

The Assemblagist, Valerie MacEwan, loads her first WPA today.

Grinding One’s Teeth – a memoir

Holiday Inn, 1965. We took the first two weeks in Aug every year to go somewhere as family. Whirlpool shut down those weeks for maintenance and everyone went on vacation then. I guess Fort Smith (and Benton Harbor) emptied out and Labor Flight commenced. Ann’s in college, the 5 of us are almost done traveling together en masse. This is the trip to meet Senator McClellan (powerful but not scandalous) in DC (not to be confused with Sen Wilbur Mills […]


In the development of the Absolute, the definition of the substance evolves into a pluralistic tendency grounded firmly in the realism of the period.

What is a Cubist Collage?

  For real information about a Cubist Collage, click here for a more relevant post. An attorney in Brooklyn, NY recently sent a link to a very interesting discussion concerning collages. Since laywers have to go to collage for a long time, I figured he knew what he was talking about. I went to collage in North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, and even Holland (that’s The Netherlands for your purists). Collages… my favorite way to learn: “Collage has thus been […]

How to Create a Cubist Collage, Part 1.

  While researching Cubist collage techniques, the history of Matisse and his Cubist contributions, this nice bit of “how to” came up on Google. Many thanks to Ken Schwab for posting a lesson plan geared toward high school-age art students on The Assemblagist gives you these “Tips”: 1. Magazines to cull for photos, text, color in collage construction can usually be found on the FREE table at your local library. 2. Take old old magazines from your doctor’s waiting […]

touring the south, the rise of agri-tourism

The post-NAFTA South is depending on tourism to bring it back from economic disparity. Everyone seems to blame NAFTA for their economic woes. Towns like Washington and Columbia, North Carolina, are hoping to capture tourism dollars to replace tax dollars formerly paid by factories like Hamilton-Beach, Procter Silex, Singer furniture, and the like. But it’s a hard row to hoe. Two new ideas have come to the forefront, lately. I wrote that in 2003 on Popmatters. Wow, it’s come true. […]