Dancing at the Rascal Fair

First Paragraph:

“To say the truth, it was not how I expected—stepping off toward America past a drowned horse.”

—Ivan Doig, from Dancing at the Rascal Fair

Clean Underwear

Photo from Shutterstock.

Couldn’t row this morning so I took a long looping walk through downtown. I think my walking playlist is getting pretty good. It’s big enough now that putting it on shuffle and heading out is starting to provide surprises.

It … the rest “Clean Underwear”

Mingus at Antibes

Charles Mingus, recorded the year of my birth.

I’ve listened to this album four times today. Ted Curson’s trumpet playing is a revelation to me. I will be seeking out more of his recordings. Fire.


Wind’s a bit brisk today.

Every morning @5 am, I look out my kitchen window to check this flag. I can see it even at night.

I check for two things.

  1. Does it look like it does in this photo? (Straight out, wind from the
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Socked In

Socked in like a New England lobster fisherman. It looks like snow blowing by but it’s actually fog. Some run-off foam in the water just adds to the allure. (Yesterday morning.)

KU Crew Dock, 2021-03-26, @5:15am


Photo by Inge Riis McDonald.

We have challenges enough, do we not? With every day presenting its difficulties, a multitude of small assaults on our well-being. We build up no credit for facing these struggles, and instead are told it’s possible there may also be … the rest “Club”

The Mower

Photo by Echo Grid.

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found   
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,   
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.   
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world   

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“Bang. You’re dead.”

Maiden Voyage

On this day, when I was five years old, just a couple towns over in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Herbie Hancock was recording this masterpiece.

Freddie Hubbard’s solo on the title track is a career.


Woman making a funny face.
Photo by Maria Lysenko.


I called her beautiful, although I don’t believe she heard it.
But others did, and so began, a little trial with a verdict.

Please demonstrate you understand her journey and her dreams.
And did you consult this 12 point … the rest “Unwokened”

The Best of Saki

First Paragraph:

“After all,” said the Duchess vaguely, “there are certain things you can’t get away from. Right and wrong, good conduct and moral rectitude, have certain well-defined limits.”

—Saki, from Reginald at the Theatre, The Best of Saki


Well gang, I guess it’s time I confess that I’ve been posting these last few months from my cell in a remote Russian gulag.

I finally received a second pillow for good behavior.

I’ve been told I can hang a
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The Phantom Tollbooth

First Paragraph:

There was once a. boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.

—Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Tom Waits

We live in an age when you say casually to somebody ‘What’s the story on that?’ and they can run to the computer and tell you within five seconds. That’s fine, but sometimes I’d just as soon continue wondering. We

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Recent Arrivals – March 2021

All these acquisitions, and any that aren’t here but on the way, are justified by the fact that…I wanted them.

Steve Lacy

If you listen to Louis Armstrong from 1929, you will never hear anything better than that…You will never hear anything more free than that.