puzzled dog
Photo by Jamie Street.

be•wil•dered bəˈwildərd 

adj. Greatly perplexed.

adj. Baffled, confused, mystified, at a loss or uncertain.

My favorite word.


A group of Dorothys.
Sky Ryders in Whitewater, WI c.1985

Take Dorothy away from Kansas for too long and eventually this is going to happen.


The nicest gifts

Taper candle with books and pen
Calming light.

…are the simplest ones.

I received a gift of this candle holder made by my friend Leslie. I keep it on the little table next to my reading chair.

The idea of reading by candlelight is appealing and romantic but … the rest “The nicest gifts”


It is a beautiful blue-light morning here on the northwest corner of Kansas City. Rain coming…but in a while.


Adirondacks - Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba
Adirondack Mountais
Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba.

orogeny ô-rŏj′ə-nē

n. The process of mountain formation, especially by a folding and faulting of the earth’s crust.

n. Same as orogenesis.

n. the process of mountain building by the upward folding of the Earth’s crust.