Coal Dust

The coalfields of Northeastern Pennsylvannia and South Wales occupy two ends of the Transatlantic seam, a concentration of coal separated by transatlantic drift over a span of millions of years. The areas share a more recent history that stretches back to the mid–Nineteenth Century, a period that saw a major influx of Welsh immigrants into the Wilkes-Barre /Scranton area. New arrivals drawn by the promise of work in the coalfields, often left one mining landscape for another as they confronted an area that bore a number of similarities with their homeland. Over the course of the twentieth century the mining industry in both regions suffered a similar fate, becoming obsolete largely as result of the Knox Mining disaster in Pennsylvania and a series of factors in Wales ranging from the Aberfan disaster in 1966 to the large-scale colliery closings of the Thatcherite Eighties.

These historical and geological links serve as the basis for Transatlantic Seam which juxtaposes the mining landscapes of the South Wales valleys and the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. In addition to a shared history these areas confront similar problems in the present day ranging from issues of reclamation to the role of the heritage industry in the global economy. At the same time, differences become apparent in images of the two areas. The ubiquitous birches that populate the Pennsylvanian culm banks provide a contrast to what Gwyn Thomas described as the “dim, grudging grass” of the Welsh tips. Similarly, the edges of these landscapes reveal different patterns of settlement while the slag heaps themselves are subject to a variety of reclamation efforts.

The Transatlantic Seam explores these connections in hopes of inspiring a dialogue about the legacy of mining and the future of the landscapes upon which it has left its traces.

Charles 111, REX


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  • At Washington, capital city of the terminally self-absorbed, mortal man holds to fleeting, feeble and fallible opinion, God immutable fact.
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    • It is my assessment that America is dying inside, being eaten away by the horror of the collapse of the middle orders, the attendant societal and religious values and customs of those orders and the ubiquity of war making for dubious purpose.
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    • The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ and train the poor man~~directly~~personally.~~The principal need in America today is~~financial and industrial De-Globalization~~to facilitate the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~clip_image002MA9982782-0001~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~~~~La crema y nata~~~~~Artista de la conquista~~ In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man.  ~~ Finis Origine Pendet…  
    • The escape commences… 
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    • September, 1957 ~~ Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic parochial school, called, by anyone of any background, simply: “Chan~al,” a place where, of an autumn day in 1957, school,  for me,  began and ended in the first convening of the first grade in which a tiny nun, one Sister Dom Bosco, appeared before me, just behind the window appearing at far left of this photograph, and piped out this: “I may be small, but so then, is the Atom Bomb.”~~My determination to escape school commenced immediately on hearing about this Atom Bomb business and took 16 dicey and arduous years to finally accomplish.~~~~   
    • Non Sibi~~
    • Not for oneselfThe declaration that:“I am here to save mankind,” means that:“I am here to rule mankind.”  The escape continues…  
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    • September, 1966 
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    • The Cathedral Latin School 
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    • Finis Origine Pendet 
    • ~~The end depends upon the begining
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    • Non Sibi~~
    • Not for oneself
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The Original Angry Bird~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot
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  • “Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he’s the only one who’s sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.”~~  Alain Delon~~Actor
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  • Seal of The Catholic University of America Motto:
  • ~~Deus Lux Mea Est
  • ~~Acta Est Fabula
  • The escape concludes…
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The Catholic University of America

Ne plus ultra

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All Hail our new KING


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