Making Peace with Time

Ahh, the New Year. Thus begins again our eternal courtship with time. As a new January rolls around, I gussy myself up with new goals and spit-polish my new intentions. Honestly, by the time I have stopped habitually writing the previous year on every document that requires my signature, it…

May All Be Well with You!

December and January are the chestnuts roasting, champagne toasting months! At its best it is a time of celebration, gratitude and gift giving. At its worst it is a time of emotional over-stimulation, consumption, and materialism. While I may often swerve and stumble between the two extremes, I find my…

Thank you!

Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday (now observed by many outside of Mexico) that celebrates and remembers those who have gone before us; family, friends, acquaintances-all of the people who have touched our lives. For the last couple of days I have been remembering friends, local artist…

“I am Beautiful”

I was recently helping a young woman, just 17, and she looked at herself in the mirror and said out loud with a massive smile on her face, "I am beautiful, isn't that right Ma?" Her mother smiled and nodded and I was blown away in that moment. It is…

You say Toh-mah-to….

I don’t know about you, but I have been so busy enjoying and holding on to the last tastiness of August, so much so that September took me by surprise! I held on to the second box of peaches destined for the food dryer. I hugged the second crop of…

A Letter from Camp

Happy Alan Sherman day! No, it's not his birthday or his exit day; today in 1963 "A Letter from Camp" was released. Those who have taken a few more trips around the sun as well as aficionados of musical silliness probably remember "A Letter from Camp" as the "hello muddah,…

Home Sweet Home

Plantings in mall settings always feel like hasty afterthoughts to me. The plants that are chosen are nondescript low growing whose hardiness is seen to be its greatest asset. These planting strips act as are silent traffic monitors and janitors, capturing the trash of the parking lot. Somehow the presence…

Mighty Fine Whirlwind

Zowie, things have been a' hoppin on the Hardison front. Last weekend, Red & Ruby (Vince Brown and myself) had an Oregon mini-tour that took us to Hood River, Gresham, and Mcmenamim's Edgefield in Troutdale. The house concerts in Hood River and Gresham were lovely opportunities to connect with old…

Springing into Clark

Um well, I have a bit of a Netflix problem. My $8.99 a month habit can be a blessing or a curse. It can be a curse when I am watching a movie or tv show that has the nutritional  content of well, a Twinkie. I know that the dribble…