A Blog for David Stafford Women At Sea

Mail Art received Last week of February 2011.


Confess I am sorry I did not make it to the evening of the book launch :-(

Woman at Sea.

HHHMMM!!! Selkie’s (seals that can shed their skin to become women) – not too bad to meet one of these if you’re THE ONE!!  Sirens (avoid these they cause shipwrecks). Loreley.

THALASSA primeval spirit of the sea (hardly  personified she is the body of the sea itself) so no escaping her etc.

But these look more to me like Debby’s and Sandra’s and Beyonce’s ?  You know the ones who look hard at the girl in the yellow dot bikini with envy???


Then they just go and FAIL the Lady in Red.  aaaah! Life's Not a Beach. And this comes hard on the heels of Sandpo. Serendipity, she's a weirdo. A nice one of course.

David, your Coffee Table book is a Beaut - thank you :-)

I am making you something good - so I am taking the liberty of canceling this note! BUT in full understanding that no mail days are THE PITS!! :-) - just by the way - notes - they're one of my favorite things :-)

Mail Art received Third Week of January 2011.  See what the winds of the Kalahari did.

This is the first mail art I have received from David – and It’s weighty of course.  David sent an 8 fold booklet  with a favorite quote from Maurice Maeterlinck -  As soon as we put something into words we devalue it in a strange way.

We think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss, and when we return to the surface the drop of water on our pale fingertips no longer resembles the sea from which it comes.

We delude ourselves that we have discovered a wonderful treasure trove, and when we return to the light of day we find we have brought back only false stone and shards of glass; and yet the treasure goes on glimmering in the dark, unaltered.

Of course, In 1911, Maeterlinck was honored with the Nobel Prize for literary achievement. O, and lets not forget the South African connection over here.  Maeterlinck is said to have plagiarized The Life of the White Ant  from Eugene Marias’ The Soul of the White Ant. Marais was an Afrikaans poet and scientist.  As this happened in the 1920’s I’m not up for a debate on that issue. It was a little before my time. My quote for David from The Intelligence of the Flowers:

“Though there be plants or flowers that are awkward or unlucky,  there is none that is wholly devoid of wisdom or ingenuity”.  Substitute with beauty :-)

O, and the envelope - A watercolor "The jaws of life gets its hands on a potato" . Then what???

Thank you David, I look forward to trading.

P.S. I'm going with Stafford - The Sane Choice.


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Comment by David Stafford on January 24, 2011 at 6:56pm

Cheryl, what a tribute to my various idiocies. Thank you so much. And you did your Maeterlinck homework too. I had no idea he was a plagiarist. I found that quote in the frontispiece of a book by Robert Musil (didn't read the book but loved the quote. Precious bejeweled thoughts beneath the waters of consciousness turn into old classic coke bottles when they surface...of course, those bottles are worth a lot on eBay but that's another kettle of fish, isn't it? Thanks again.




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