Refusal

  I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.                                                                                       Ray Bradbury The...

Color and Line

There are several topics I intend to explore here in the coming months, but the war in Ukraine has dissolved my words right now. I’m so weary of eons of glorified dominance and control. Which leaves me sadly subdued. When I’m not weary, I’m angry. Or in some kind of...

A Pictorial Check-in

    The past month has not been easy.             There have been deaths to grieve, and minor health issues to deal with.               And the winter weather hasn’t helped.    ...

Inspiration from the Sands

Happy New Year? We returned on Thursday from meeting our kids in Oregon for Christmas. We spent a few days in Eugene and five days on the coast. While our reunion was sweet, parts of the trip were unusual: heavy rain, high winds and even hail a few times; colder than...

A Holiday Atmosphere

If you could create a national holiday, what would it be and why? That was one of the questions I posed to a group of dear friends who gathered on zoom during Thanksgiving weekend. The question seemed like a playful and creative break from the heaviness and intensity...

A Deathbed Reclamation

Tomorrow is November 2, the culmination of an auspicious period for honoring the dead. It is also my dad’s 101st  birthday. So I’m going to tell you a story about my dad, a kind of ghost story because it took place at his death. On May 8, 2008 I got a call at 2 am...