Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Shark Sculpture

This is my new sculpture.  It is polychromed  cast lead and welded steel.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ciccada Shell

Covered with 24 hour news,
In this dream of theirs

no middle but
in deep red and blue
withered name and all

a ciccada shell
is their lives

Monday, September 24, 2012

Now I see her face

Now I see her face, 
the old woman, abandoned, 
the people on this sidewalk are her only companions

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I love being Jewish

I love being Jewish.  I am descended from Ashkenazi, Eastern European Jews.  This post is for my Jewish readers. I want all of us real Jews to remember, as the New Year gets closer, that we are real Jews.  People and groups who call themselves Jews for jesus, messianic Jews, and any other kind of this spiritual polluting baloney, are poison to us real Jews.

The following are answers to some commonly asked questions.   
Q Are there many Christian missionary groups targeting Jews and how much is being spent on their efforts?
A There are over 900 Christian and Hebrew Christian groups in North America actively involved in missionizing the Jewish people. These groups are currently spending over $250 million per year on these efforts. Jews for Jesus, the best known single ministry to the Jews, spent over $15 million last year.
Q What are the chances that I will be approached by a missionary?
A It is estimated that 4 out of 5 Jews in the United States will be approached at some time by a Christian missionary. This missionary may be a professional or, more likely, a friend, neighbor or colleague.
Q How might I be approached?
A Someone might come to your door, catch you on the street or leave literature in your mailbox. A letter or invitation to a "Jewish cultural" event might be sent to you. A new friend, associate or someone from your neighborhood might invite you to a social gathering.
Q What are some of the tell-tale signs of these groups?
A If someone starts talking about being a "Messianic" or "completed" Jew or claims that a Jew can accept Jesus or, as they sometimes call him, "Yeshua" without giving up Judaism - that you can be a "Jew for Jesus"- then you are speaking with a missionary.
Q What is "Jews for Jesus"?
A Jews for Jesus is a single Christian ministry which attempts to convert Jews to Christianity. The term is often used generically for Jewish converts to Christianity who try to retain some cultural trappings of their Judaism. Leaders of these groups are often ordained Christian ministers who are specifically trained in techniques for converting vulnerable Jews. Members of these groups deceptively use Jewish symbols (such as Stars of David) and language so as to appear Jewish, their goal is to take Jews away from Judaism and to bring them into the Christian Church. Jews for Jesus actually considers itself an arm of the evangelical church.
Q How is the "Hebrew-Christian" missionary movement organized?
A On the local level, much of the "Hebrew-Christian" movement is organized in the form of churches which call themselves "Messianic Synagogues" or housed as separate ministries and congregations in larger churches. These groups use Jewish trappings such as yarmulkes, talesim, Torahs, Jewish music and Hebrew to hide their Christian nature from potential converts. Some of these local congregations also operate infant day care facilities, full-time day schools, and "Bible counseling centers." For many Jewish converts to Christianity, these "Messianic Synagogues" and cross-cultural ministries serve as half-way houses until such individuals are ready to enter the gentile churches.
Q How "Jewish" are groups like "Jews for Jesus"?
A While a large number of members were, in fact, born or raised Jewish, others are gentiles who deceptively adopt Jewish forms of worship and dress as well as names in order to appear Jewish. On a religious level, the "Jewishness" is no more than a front since these groups accept traditional Christian teachings and reject Jewish teaching in every single area where the two diverge.
Q How do Christians feel about "Jews for Jesus" groups?
A A number of Christian denominations have condemned the deceptive and aggressive nature of groups like "Jews for Jesus." The Roman Catholic Church, liberal Protestant churches, interdenominational study groups and interfaith councils worldwide have taken a stand against this form of proselytizing which does a disservice to both faith systems. Other Christian individuals and groups have been less sensitive to Jewish community concerns and continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to convert Jews to Christianity. Most of the missionary and conversionary groups are affiliated with fundamentalist Protestant denominations.
Q Are missionaries a problem in Israel?
A Yes. An increasing number of Christian missionary groups - most of them based in the United States - have targeted the Israeli Jewish population for conversion, and "Jews for Jesus"-type churches now exist in every large Israeli population center. There are over one hundred such institutions and ministries in Israel today.
Q Are the missionary leaders sincere?
A Some of them are undoubtedly "in it for the money," but most are probably very sincere in their belief that only people who believe as they do will go to heaven; all others will go to hell forever. Since they believe this so sincerely, some of the missionaries will resort to various tricks and devices to persuade you to believe as they do (the "Moonies" call this "heavenly deception"). We make a mistake when we assume that sincerity - in and of itself - is necessarily a good thing. Hitler was most likely also quite sincere in his belief that the world would someday thank him.
Q What type of Jew is most vulnerable?
A The average Jewish convert to Christianity is between 15 and 35 years old and has very little Jewish education. Since people are most vulnerable at times of personal change and transition, the missionaries are increasingly centering their efforts on a number of vulnerable Jewish populations, including high school and college students, senior citizens and recent immigrants.
Q Is there a way to prevent someone from becoming involved?
A An effective program of prevention has five components:

Affiliate: become part of the Jewish community, by taking classes, joining a synagogue or attending events at the Jewish Community Center. Take advantage of the resources in your community and strengthen your bond with your past and your people;

Jewish education and lifestyle experiences: one who knows his/her faith in a dynamic and living way will rarely be attracted to the cheap substitute offered by the missionaries;

Open communication: encourage open communication in all areas, and develop a firm family support base for times of transition and crisis;

Critical thinking: people should be trained in the skills of critical evaluation and should be made aware of the practices of deceptive conversionary groups;

Outreach: each one of us must be an outreach worker, aware of the existence of hurts and vulnerabilities in our midst and seeking to reach out to the lonely and vulnerable before the missionaries do

My beautiful new Tallis Gadol

If you are a real Jew, please visit this site  and help fight missionaries by going here
 Jews for Judaism Orthodox Union And something less strict than Orthodox Jews

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Egg Candling is a dying art
 To earn extra money during the long hot Kansas summers I always got a job candling eggs.  It was tedious but it was a relief after working outside in the fields all day.

Why cross? What came first?
Such big questions you carry
Oh, little chicken.
Haiku by
Kerrie Kenny

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Road Trip

Even with the high price of gasoline, I cannot resist the call of the open road - even if the trip is under a hundred miles.  I don't care if I am riding in a Greyhound bus, driving on an open road, a rural lane, or a country avenue.  I don't need to know where I am going or why.   This is what I mean:“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, July 30, 2012

I made a muffler

My wife's maternal grandmother was a devout Jew. And whenever she left the house in winter she wrapped a big wool scarf around her head. I just finished this muffler and I thought to myself that if Batya was alive I would give it to her.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This is a piece I made because I love dogs.

Today I sniffed
Many dog behinds—I celebrate
By kissing your face.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Midnight Cowboy is considered by many to be one of the best American novels published since World War II. The main story centers around Joe Buck, a naive but eager and ambitious young Texan, who decides to leave his dead-end job in search of a grand and glamorous life he believes he will find in New York City. But the city turns out to be a much more difficult place to negotiate than Joe could ever have imagined. He soon finds himself and his dreams compromised. Buck's fall from innocence and his relationship with the crippled street hustler Ratso Rizzo form the novel's emotional nucleus. This unlikely pairing of Ratso and Joe Buck is perhaps one of the most complex portraits of friendship in contemporary literature.

The focus on male friendship follows a strong path cut by Twain's Huck and Jim, Melville's Ishmael and Queequeg, Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, and Kerouac's Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarity. Midnight Cowboy takes a well-deserved place among a group of distinguished American novels that write--often with unnerving candor--about those who live on the fringe of society.


James Leo Herlihy was born in 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to a working class family. After serving in World War II, Herlihy studied art, literature, and music at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, whose faculty had boasted such luminaries as William De Kooning and John Cage. After a professor told Herlihy that he had no future as a writer, the disillusioned Herlihy turned his attention to theater, where he met with considerable success and found acting roles in more than fifty plays over the span of several years.

But Herlihy continued writing fiction despite the discouragement he had received and in 1960 he published All Fall Down, a largely critically acclaimed work which was later adapted for film. In 1965 he published Midnight Cowboy, which cemented his reputation as a serious writer.

After the success of Midnight Cowboy, Herlihy retreated from the public eye and turned his attention to teaching. He took creative writing posts at the City College of New York, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Southern California. Herlihy died in Los Angeles in 1993 from an overdose of sleeping medication.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pig puppets

Sometimes I make a thing to amuse myself.  This new hand stitched work is one of those things.

“…therefore would I rather be a swineherd on Amager, and be understood by the swine than a poet, and misunderstood by men.”
— Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish existentialist philosopher writing in Either/Or (1843).

Dickory, dickory, dare  (Mother Goose)   
Dickory, dickory, dare,

The pig flew up in the air;

The man in brown
soon brought him down,
Dickory, dickory, dare.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Angry Red Dog Rug

Angry Red Dog Rug by Bascom Hogue

Dog's Death
by John Updike
She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.

Too young to know much, she was beginning to learn
To use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floor
And to win, wetting there, the words, "Good dog!
                                                                    Good dog!"

We thought her shy malaise was a shot reaction.

The autopsy disclosed a rupture in her liver.
As we teased her with play, blood was filling her skin
And her heart was learning to lie down forever.

Monday morning, as the children were noisily fed

And sent to school, she crawled beneath the youngest's bed.
We found her twisted and limp but still alive.
In the car to the vet's, on my lap, she tried

To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm fur

And my wife called in a voice imperious with tears.
Though surrounded by love that would have upheld her,
Nevertheless she sank and, stiffening, disappeared.

Back home, we found that in the night her frame,

Drawing near to dissolution, had endured the shame
Of diarrhoea and had dragged across the floor
To a newspaper carelessly left there.  Good dog.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chicken Boy

Norman Thorne (ca 1900 – 22 April 1925) was an English chicken farmer and murderer. He murdered his mistress Elsie Cameron on 5 December 1924 and dismembered the body.
He was tried at Lewes Assizes on 11 March 1925, before Mr Justice Findlay. The prosecution was led by Sir Henry Curtis Bennett and the defence by J. D. Cassels. The defence claimed that Elsie had hanged herself and that he had concealed the death out of panic. The evidence of Home Office pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury was that she had been beaten to death.
He was hanged on 22 April 1925.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Gates of Hell

I like to use metaphors and allegories in my work.  This piece is not about Stull, Kansas.  There are not Seven Gates to Hell.  But there are politicians and corporations and individuals who believe corporations are people, and they make our lives seem like hell.  So here are the politicians and corporations stoking hell fire with the victims of unbridled and unregulated corporate power.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mad Dog Redwork

Angry Dog by Bascom

Ed Frawley wrote some wise words about dogs:

If all dogs were well socialized and had gone through basic obedience lessons (either at home or in classes) there would be a lot less problems with dominant and over aggressive dogs. A little bit of education on the handlers part also goes a long way towards producing an animal that is not a danger to society.

One last important point is this: "handler aggression towards the dog is not going to eliminate aggression in dogs." This never works. In most cases these dogs have found out that the solution to their problem is aggression. If the handler decides he is going to "kick some butt" with this dog, the dog may decide that the handler is the problem and he has learned to solve his problems with aggression.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Time

The wheat harvest in Kansas is done.   It's summer time and tramps like us, baby we were born to have fun. 

A meadowlark cries
and through a wheat shock
the south wind blows  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Idle Hands

I sewed these red work hands as a symbol to myself that  I love to sew and make art.  I hope I get many good things made before I turn into an alter kocker.

Alter Kocker:
pronounced,  OLL-ter KOCK-er

An alter kocker is a man who can no longer do something that he once could. He's an old guy, over the hill, past his prime.
In literal terms, an alter kocker is from German and means “old defecator.” It doesn't sound very nice in translation, but it's a common expression, and sounds gentler and more humorous in Yiddish conversation. Its sense is usually of someone who is inept at whatever he is trying to do. It often has to do with forgetfulness. As soon as somebody says hello to a man but he can't remember his name, the other guy says, “You alter kocker.” The other guy can't admit to himself that he's not too well liked, or not worth remembering. So he blames you.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My new work: Bubbie

Read this interview with the great Rudolf Arheim I think it has become clear that your interest has basically always been directed toward the theory of knowledge; in other words, the investigation of cognitive processes in the relationship of consciousness to the real, existent world. In your book, Visual Thinking, you support the thesis that thought can only be productive if it disregards the boundaries between visual perception and the intellect. As a rule, however, when you are talking about thought you mean vision and perception, that is, the ability to visualize things. But knowledge is also connected with the nature of language: The representation of the world is made vivid and complete by means of language. Through its ability to name things, it can recreate the world of which it forms a part. Thus knowledge does not appear to be possible without linguistic concepts. How do you define knowledge? Is knowledge possible without language? 

My essential assertion in the book you mentioned is that language is not the formal prototype of knowledge; rather, that sensory knowledge, upon which all our experience is based, creates the possibilities of language. Our only access to reality is sensory experience, that is, sight or hearing or touch. And sensory experience is always more than mere seeing or touching. It also includes mental images and knowledge based on experience. All of that makes up our view of the world. In my opinion, "visual thinking" means that visual perception consists above all in the development of forms, of "perceptual terms," and thereby fulfills the conditions of the intellectual formation of concepts; it has the ability, by means of these forms, to give a valid interpretation of experience. Lan guage, on the other hand, is in itself without form; one cannot think in words, since words cannot contain an object. Language is instructed by sensory perception. It codifies the given knowledge through sensory experience. This doesn't mean that language isn't tremendously significant for thought, for all of human development. Human existence is unimaginable without language. I am only stressing that language is an instrument of that which we have gained through perception, in that it confirms and preserves the concepts it forms. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

My name is Bascom Hogue.  I am from Yoder, Kansas.  I love to sew and make art.  Thank you for stopping by.  This piece is titled Breathe.  I made it  at a time when I got pneumonia and asthma was beating up on me.  It is also in this book Push stitchery curated by the insightful and wonderful Jamie MR. X Chalmers.  Thank you for coming by and I look forward to us getting to know each other.