And once inside, this photo captures much of what I found evocative during my stay so far in this space... The art piece (3 by 4 ft) of a black bear and human hand with a blue berry... on knee level.... This was the image that I found difficult to engage for the first while but then by day five I was able to get into it... I like the reflections on the glass cover over this print (entitled: "Blueberry", Oct. 1981, 8/10 print, artist illegible but begins with a 'W')....
Yes, this large print has one piece of color, a small blueberry in blue color in the human hand.... now, just take time if you will to imagine and interpret what this image might be communicating. I found it had so many many layers it was overwhelming.... but as usual, I just begin to work with it using spontaneous reflective writing and then began to add in the quotes I had recorded from many of Pete's books taken at (near) random from his shelves....
The following is the poetic inquiry (one of a series, I suspect) where I take the "random" quotes on fear and fearlessness that I found in Pete's book collection and then interspersed them with my own reflections on the "Blueberry" art piece in the living room. I am quite happy with the result in this first of what I'm calling BLACK N' BLUE MAN-I-PULATION. You can see what you get out of this poetic collage.... let me know if you like. I may write more in depth about this later.
Black n’ Blue Man-i-Pulation-1
They streamed fearless
from the forest chanting
it is bravado
to believe that we are now immune to these killers
desireless—virtually unmoved the beast of fears
shadows over the in-sighting of its seller
a million, no a billion
As we continued up the long aisle
the choir began
‘Be Not Afraid’ as artist-curator
at the level
growth and resilience
have you ever been afraid of growing up?
this in itself was enough
to evoke in us
of pity and fear
stained of natural
on the eyebrow
of the white-saited sheets….
--this fear about inequality
much fear is
many island species have calmly
-R. Michael Fisher
June 5, 2015
 Inspired by the home library, the art piece (“Blueberry” by artist ‘W’(?), Oct. 1981, print 8 out of 10) in apartment 709 of Pete Sarsfield, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
 Excerpt (p. 150), from Whitt, L. (2010). Tecumseh’s return: the quakes of 1811-12. Prairie Fire, 31(3), 149-50.
 Excerpt (p. xii), from Garrett, L. (2000). Betrayal of trust: The collapse of global public health. NY: Hyperion.
 Excerpt (p. 19), from Corkum, T. (2010). Notes toward a film about my childhood. Prairie Fire, 31(2), 17-27.
 Ibid., p. 19.
 Excerpt (p. 162), from Mitchell, J. H. (1990). Living at the end of time. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
 Excerpt (p. 259), from Gould, S. J. (2003). The hedgehog, the fox, and the magister’s box: Mending the gap between science and the humanities. NY: Harmony Books.
 Excerpts (pp. 53, 50), from Masson, J. M., and McCarthy, S. (1995). When elephants weep: The emotional lives of animals. NY: Delacorte Press.
 Excerpt (p. 61), from Livingston, J. A. (1994). Rogue primate: An exploration of human domestication. Toronto, ON: Key Porter Books.