January 8, 2021
It's always darkest just before the dawn, or, so I've been told. With the ridiculous events of this week, I was heartened by an email this morning from a recent subscriber about a painting of mine that ran in the January issue of True West magazine:
Dear Mr. Bell,
This is so heartening and hopeful to me. Of course, when this same painting and caption was posted on the True West Facebook page last week, it got ugly fast. Here is the nicest comment I could find:
"I appreciate your opinion True West, but to use an old term, 'we have no truck' with socialist democrats."
On the other hand, here is a response from one of our contributing editors to Stephen Meadors' letter:
"Oh, cripe. Beware those Methodist pastors. Wes Hardin's daddy is a case in point. But seriously, his viewpoint is more common than we might think. The great, quiet majority seeks peace and unity in this time of turbulence. Your art spoke to their hearts."
—Pastor Mark Boardman
"Your religious and political beliefs don't make you a better person. How you treat those different from you is what makes you a good person."
—Russ Shaw, Jr.
All well and good, but let's don't forget the words of a certain ear biter.
"Everybody has a plan until they've been punched in the mouth."