Book cover illustration
Delaware Water Gap – George Innes, 1859.

First Paragraph:

The paragraph that follows is an encapsulated history of the eastern United States, according to plate-tectonic theory and glacial geology.

—John McPhee. “In Suspect Terrain.”


Cutting path in mountain for border fence.

1969: “…One giant leap for mankind.”

Fifty years later: “We should build a giant fence.”

It’s 20 million dollars per mile, but how do you but a price on an idea this good?

If you support this, may the ghost … the rest “Ruinous”

Currently digesting a wonderful meal dropped off by my friends Will and Leslie. Chicken, Hummus, Baba ganoush, middle eastern pepper and onion relish. How thoughtful are my friends?


Painting. Frank Dicksee, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, c. 1901
Painting. Frank Dicksee, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, c. 1901

It occurs to me that if I were to take myself seriously as a writer, a poet, a purveyor of ideas, a mark of my success would be to present my writing to the world while escaping the indignity of … the rest “Accolades”

First Paragraph:

Each year, after the midwinter blizzards, there comes a night of thaw when the tinkle of dripping water is heard in the land. It brings strange stirrings, not only to creatures abed for the night, but to some

the rest “”


Oljato-Monument Valley, United States
Oljato-Monument Valley, United States.
Photo by Ganapathy Kumar.

I take a solo excursion into the canyonlands with some water, some nuts, some berries.
The water runs out.
The nuts and berries run out.
My legs give out.
I sit down and lean against a rock.
I go through … the rest “Clarity”

An exchange of text messages with someone I hold close makes for a rough night.


Head butting buffalo.
Photo by Uriel Soberanes.

I understand why some of my friends feel compelled to periodically post “why can’t we all just get along” messages on their social media feeds. Animosity and vitriol are not the mental space most of us want to inhabit. Posting … the rest “Confront”

Lee Konitz

It’s important to remember.

We lost altoist Lee Konitz this week. Not a superstar by today’s standards, but essential to the jazz story, and one of my favorite players.

Konitz’ playing was spare and intellectual. His sound was so dry, … the rest “Lee Konitz”


Well, there is this virus propagating worldwide and it’s been suggested that we stay indoors so it doesn’t keep spreading.

The problem is that we’re tired of doing that now, so we’re going to be re-branding this situation as government … the rest “Re-Branding”

Isak Dinesen

No domestic animal can be as still as a wild animal. The civilized people have lost the aptitude of stillness, and must take lessons in silence from the wild before they are accepted by it.

My tortillas are getting better. Refried Pinto bean burritos tonight.