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Spring

It’s the first day of spring, time for me to reawaken from my winter hiatus. Not that it’s exactly t-shirt and shorts weather just yet. It’s been a brutal winter. Spring is going to take awhile to fully get here. Out with the Big Guy and the Medium Guy thisRead More …

Envying Bears

About the time the earth slides past the midway point between its closest and furthest distance from the sun, I begin to feel those first vague tendrils of winter’s approach. They’re brief, forgotten in a moment, never completely gone. There are blue skies and sunny days, the weather is stillRead More …

Slipping into Winter

Took our first dip into Winter yesterday. Rain turned to snow, 40 turned to 30 and kept on turning into the 20s. Trees that had brightly colored leaves yesterday are bare today. There is still a bit of snow on the ground where the sun has yet to shine. TheRead More …

In Like A Lion

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a place with four distinct seasons. Albuquerque came closest, I guess, with its five minutes of Spring and Fall separating its bitter, mile-high Winter and its blistering, brain-melting Summer. Back in Detroit. Think I’ve mentioned that before. Here there are fourRead More …

The Silly Season

The silly season, and 2011 as a whole, is finally nearing its end. I have severely neglected this blog over the last few months. Actually, I’ve severely neglected my writing, my TBR pile and interactions with other humans as well. The house and my Detroit adventure have been a timeRead More …

Never Say Never

The title of this post is a bit of a contradiction, not to mention a bit cliche, but, as far as sound advice goes, it has its salient points. Back in late 81 – or was it early 82? Winter in any event – I packed up the last ofRead More …

March

March has been a month with a modicum of joy and a month filled to overflowing with sorrow. Blacky Black, one of the Gingersnap family that found their way into my life in Albuquerque and followed me here to this forsaken sandbar between the Gulf and the Atlantic ocean, wentRead More …

Remembering Richard Brautigan

All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds. – Richard Brautigan There have been four authors who have influenced my own writing, two in major ways and two in minor ones. In one way or another, these four have shaped my style, my attitude, my very approachRead More …

Walkin’ With The Dudes +1

For the Dudes, walking is a serious business. There are smells to snuffle out, critters to chase and bark furiously at, p-mail to read and comment on. Like Alaskan Huskies five times their size, they pull me down the street as if I were a sled and we were competingRead More …

Winter Solstice – 2010

In 1638, amongst other things, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Mass Bay Colony, the first permanent white settlement in Delaware was established, the first earthquake in the U.S. was recorded and poor Anne, well, as the year came to a close, she was banished from Massachusetts, whichRead More …

Dudes + 1

A couple of folks have asked about the new puppy (which I needed like I need another hole in my head) so here’s the story. First, though, a little back story. The Dudes are these two little reddish colored Terriers/Chihuahua/Dachshund sort of whatever dogs that my friend Cindy Ford usedRead More …

Another Day In Paradise

Well, last night was an interesting night. Out for a walk with the Dudes and the little puppy (have I mentioned the little puppy I now have?). I’m in a hurry to get home because I wanted to check in on the litchat auction. Half way home, the wind kicksRead More …

The Silly Season

It’s nearly three in the morning and I have no idea why I’m awake, other than the fact that I can’t sleep. Duh? It’s officially 22F degrees here in the land of flowers, 13F if you believe the thermometer outside my door. Not a lot of difference there as farRead More …

Remembering Kurt Vonnegut

Anytime the subject of favorite authors comes up, Kurt Vonnegut is always the first author that springs to my mind. I’ve read a lot of books over the years, enough to fill a medium sized library, and I’ve been influenced by a lot of writers. But Vonnegut influenced more thanRead More …

Lasso The Moon

Yesterday was my 62nd birthday. I never thought I’d make it this far in life, make it to a point where I could start taking back all that Social Security money the Gov’s been taking from my paychecks since I was 15 years old. Kind of a nice feeling, that.Read More …