There's no real explanation as to why the posts here have been lagging - just the usual excuses about busyness and such. We are reading and discussing and scheming. For now we can throw some quotes your way...
Two nuggets from Sartwell's The Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions:
"...the idea is not to become artists or appreciators of art, but to realize we already are artists and appreciators of art. When we are listening to popular music on the radio on the way home from work, we are listening to art that is more typical of and more organically connected to our culture than anything in a museum. When we enjoy a well designed and written advertisement, when we watch a baseball game on television, when we raise our children with devoted care, when we work in absorption in our gardens, we are authentically experiencing art."
"[the Japanese tea ceremony]...is precisely an art of life, an art of eating and drinking and talking and loving nature and other human beings, it encapsulates the basic point of this book: that between life and art no decision is necessary, that we can live our art, that life and art are intimately connected and at their best moments identical."