Observe, "American Gothic" painted on beaverboard --an appropriately named art surface of pressed wood fibers-- by Grant Wood in 1930. It was a decade that nurtured the "Age of Anxiety" described in W.H. Auden's baroque eclogue 15 years later. The house, Dibble House, in Iowa, is made of wood, of course.
Which brings us to Autumn, 2021:Norma and I are photoed at a recent family function. Wood is in the background but has reverted into a palm tree. We have neither Dibble House (although we have spent 1/2 century modernizing such wonders) nor pitchforks. We have each other.
Nelson DeMille wrote,"Basically all women are nurturers and healers and all men are mental patients to varying degrees." Yet, in this new age of anxiety and uncertainty, I certainly try to concur with DeMille --or do I?