None of us are too old to dream.
I dream about taking off without a map.
My cat dreams about being out on her own some day too.
We connect in that regard despite the reality that it may not happen soon.
It's just a dream.
I was headed back from the veterinarian's this a.m with my Bengal and had the community college jazz station on. Nat King Cole was singing an old classic with violinist Stuff Smith accompanying.
A guy walks in to the grocery store carrying a head.
Stop me if you've heard this one.
I'm not kidding. A little before 6 a.m. my laptop was warmed up, the coffee was hot and the cat had been fed. Let's see if the world is still spinning, I thought while waiting for the the local cyber rag to come up with the headlines...
...then it popped up. In a rural setting, about 20 miles up the Clackamas River which feeds into…Continue
A small, whole grain mini-biscuit, a chunk of Teriyaki Chinook Salmon, a half glass of high pulp orange juice and dark black coffee.
I needed to start this day off with something I can relate to because it's just not happening when I search for "news".
Books on my side table are being ignored. Mark Twain, Sherman Alexie short stories, Raymond Carver's poetry, Charles Bukowski's "On Writing", all well thumbed and half read don't get finished.
The urge to see what…Continue
This morning at 5:30 a.m. I noticed a shape, surrounded by sacks of garbage and covered in two broken pieces of plywood laying partially on the curb and partially in the street. A blanket was blowing around back and forth across the road.
When I called 911 to say a human being was partially in the road and might be hit by a car I was told it was not an emergency and I was hung up on by the operator.
I called non-emergency and was asked to…
It's the new meme.
Have you noticed it in your own home town?
"News" gets presented as a startling chain of events nobody could have predicted. The talking bobble heads go back and forth about how some entirely predictable event wasn't foreseen. There it was, upon the hapless victims in a split second. How could anyone have known?
Details after the commercial break. Your news team will be there for you.
In my youth, gone for over four decades, the opportunity to destroy my life forever and end up lost to the world presented itself repeatedly, cloaked in the hip buzz of the excitement of being a professional musician.
I had the chops then to be presented with a couple invitations that could have led to fame and fortune, but there was an undercurrent of darkness that terrified me. I've been around the use of opioids and have seen persons I knew and liked lose themselves. I saw…Continue
Sitting outside on Sunday afternoon by a small chimnea fire with one of my guitars I heard the news about a friend. He has never lived a careful life it seems to me when it comes to certain things we all know don't have the best endings. This was one of many instances when time came close to catching up for good. Something happened to his lungs, they began to fill with CO2 and he nearly died. He awoke after 3 or 4 days in a critical care unit after being rushed to the hospital. We're…Continue
Thanks for the good times.
About the same time I am typing this, 7 years ago today, I received a call that mom was in the hospital in a great deal of pain.
I had recently taken over her finances at her request, to the consternation and complaints from some other relatives who claimed they were "helping" her. They were helping themselves to her money. She had me take over as her Power Of Attorney and she began to save each month instead of being penniless. I moved her into a very nice facility where she…Continue
I wondered if things are the same here in the waterlogged Pacific Northwest as other places.
Maybe it has something to do with the pounding in our heads from rain hitting the roofs, winds lifting shingles, transformers blowing up when the lines are coated with ice, etc. It's become nerve wracking.
Before you tell me that winter is worse where you live though please consider that the National Weather Bureau ( I may have made that up, but it's similar) has deemed our…Continue
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I have become so dis-enamored of hope lately that sentences won't come together. I find it incomprehensible that these times are upon us.
I won't buy into citizens being the absolute evil beings some are portrayed to be, because they voted for…Continue
I'm trying to push through a man-sized head cold and fever. Work doesn't go away so I try to handle what I can from the laptop and phone. For the most part things are under control but generating new business is impossible when you know a sneeze that sounds like Tarzan on a vine may burst out at any…Continue
It's going to be lost to future generations if we're not diligent about its importance.
The popularity of Truth has hit an all time low.
The other evening, right before I left work my friends were shooting e-mails back and forth about our current times. I had mentioned that I was on a bit of mental retreat and was inclined not to read or write anymore.
They're good friends and don't give weight to such. I say stuff like that all the time and they stay in touch…Continue
From the Interstate highway, on the route I drive each day it is possible see four of the great peaks of The Cascades; Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier. Weather determines which ones will show on any given day, as it takes great force from sweeping winds to make them all appear at the same time.
Sometimes however as the sun begins to set, casting a strawberry glow across their facade it can seem for a brief moment that time is standing still, that I am…Continue
I cannot remember not seeing any Presidential inauguration in my life.
Of course. I cannot remember the details of anything else I haven’t seen either.
Wait. This is backwards and poorly constructed, which sort of makes sense, all things considered.
I always wanted to start a story that way. Give it a Rod Serling vibe.
But I'm late to the party. Others have thought of it already, engineered it and are in the process of making it real.
It's completely out of my hands. Yours…Continue
Est-ce tu comprende?
Pardonez moi. En Anglais.
What is it that we should be fearing? Right now.
Loaded question you think? Why should we fear ?
The front door is locked. The porch light goes…Continue
My Irish buddy says "Next One ! ", or at least did, after working on our most arduous days. Some of our under-house reconstruction jobs meant hours on our backs with the same tools needed when one is standing and building. It would be incredibly difficult and painful, and at the end of the day our…Continue
I returned from a break out of town, got into some household chores and saw my friend John down by the curb. I'm going to tell you about John at the bottom of this piece.
Tuesday was the day that we gathered to lay to rest a friend of mine. He was a very close friend for 50 of the last 55 years. We had experienced a terribly unpleasant estrangement the last few years but Tuesday wasn't about that at all.
I vacillated for two weeks about whether to go or not and decided it was…Continue