Wednesday, August 28, 2013

50 Years of Dreaming

                                                                    I have a dream the
                                                                    wars will end.

                                                                    pre-emptive wars
                                                                    retaliatory wars
                                                                   wars of occupation
                                                                   wars to topple regimes
                                                                   wars to mine others' natural resources
                                                                   civil wars
                                                                   racial wars
                                                                   religious wars
                                                                   the war on isms
                                                                   wars to depopulate and remap a place
                                                                   the coming water wars
                                                                   the latest war of Terror
                                                                   World War

                                                                   . . .   all of them.

                                                                 Asleep or awake,
                                                                 I have this dream.

Monday, August 26, 2013


testing the new waterbrush pen

Today I came across mention of a waterbrush called The Piston, which  resembles a fountain pen with the brush part made of synthetic fiber and rabbit hair, the barrel designed to air pump the water.  You can also fill it with ink for Chinese calligraphy.  Its advantage over the squeezable plastic-barrel of the waterbrush I already bought is that the amount of water dispensed by The Piston is precisely controllable.  

I want one of these!!  (Actually, two--one for water and one for ink).  I wish I had known about this before I went and bought the other one.  I also learned that the watercolor set I was given is considered "student grade".  When the paints get used up I can check out the better-quality "artist grade" sets, some of which are enormously expensive. But not all.  One step at a time.  I need to learn how to draw better first. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Park walk

At the little park beside the river - Nine things you can't do here:
Drink alcohol, play golf, set a fire;
ride a quad, ski mobile, motorcycle or car on the path;
litter; or let your dog poop on the grass.
Okay to fish, or take your mutt for a romp down the hill, though.

[Click on photos to enlarge]

Reflections in the water of bushes and sky

Same photo, different perspective -
two sides to every story

 Water spirits



Photos taken yesterday with my Olympus SZ-14 digital pocket camera.  I played around with the color options on the last photo via Picasa.    Photo #14 is a cropped, lightened, upside-down version of Photo #4.  All other photos are as originally taken, except for rotating or re-sizing.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Not One

Saturday afternoon,

I’m sitting at the kitchen table having a cup of coffee,
looking out the window at my garden out back
when I’m suddenly made aware
of the Absence of something -


Where you be, bees?!

I have not seen a single bee here all summer.
Not one.
From May to August.   All the time I spent in the garden,
I should have seen at least one.

Why we should worry --  see  here.

If all the honey bees  worldwide disappeared,  no longer there to pollinate our fruit, nut and veggie crops,
less food would be able to be produced.  

To my fellow planet dwellers -- What's our Plan B for when the food begins to run out?