Wednesday, January 18, 2017


(The question is here, yesterday.)

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”

― Jalaluddin Rumi

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.

"Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.

"Certainly," said man.

"Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.

And He went away.” 

― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

Monday, January 16, 2017

Orion in Winter

It may not be possible to see the stars in this photograph - but Orion is in there.

I do enjoy looking at the night sky.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"Don't Take My Picture"

Three-toothed dog is camera-shy.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


If I could, I would
Raise a fortress to the sky --
A stronghold of words,
Each one carefully chosen
For your protection
So no harm would come to you:
No slings, no arrows.
If, by chance, you were wounded,
The words would be balm,
As healing as phoenix tears. 
And thus, it would be --
My love of words, and of you
Entwining, always. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Skinny Love

Tonight's earworm: Skinny Love (Birdy).  It's not about thinness - it's about underfed love. It's quite a poignant metaphor.

I hope you enjoy. And that all of your loves are well-nourished.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Herself speaks.

I have tried to avoid politics, for So Many Reasons. Yet, because it is Not Quite Politics, I did watch a Tonight Show clip in which various Americans recorded "thank you" messages for Michelle Obama, and then were be surprised by an appearance by Michelle herself.

What a lovely, heartwarming, and heartfelt video. How wonderful for these people to have an opportunity to meet the woman who has inspired them in so many ways; and how wonderful for Michelle, too, to feel appreciated and valued. She has done good, indeed.

Thank you, Michelle Obama.