Posts with tag: people

Oiled Wildlife Care Network |  

Head Exam, Oiled Grebe - Photo by Gayle Uyehara.
Head Exam, Oiled Grebe – Photo by Gayle Uyehara.

Since I quit regularly checking my Facebook page, it seems the algorithm overlords have filled in the empty space on my timeline with a huge number of animal rescue videos (and also videos of machines reducing the manual labor required … the rest “Oiled Wildlife Care Network”


Book cover. How to Live on Planet Earth, Nanao Sakaki, 2013
How to Live on Planet Earth, Nanao Sakaki, 2013

Today’s arrival.

I’ve mentioned Nanao Sakaki before and I continue to enjoy reading his work.

This collection of poems is one I’ve been looking for for a while. I finally found a reasonably priced new copy on AbeBooks.com.

First Paragraph:

“I love you” feels the darkening window dummy’s rough powder-snow mixed with a white wink, passing under seven-waterfalled-breast with—in the night—the spreading sound of all-or-nothing rapids, following charred rockskin scarring fingertips, Mary’s lover leads a suffering ass and opening tobacco-reeking fly YAHOO!

—from Bellyfulls, Part 1, How to Live on the Planet Earth, Nanao Sakaki

Here again is Sakaki’s most famous short verse:

If you have time to chatter

Read books

If you have time to read

Walk into mountains, desert and ocean

If you have time to walk

Sing songs and dance

If you have time to dance

Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot

—Nanao Sakaki

As a commenter notes, “Sometimes, as you wander through YouTube there’s a moment of grace.”


Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Everything about this performance is just astounding. From the train station venue to Tharpe’s prescient playing at the dawn of Rock and Roll.

Jaw dropping performance. Listen to this and then listen to everything else YouTube has of her. You … the rest “Sister Rosetta Tharpe”


Chicken, pasta salad and rice.

I took Marilyn Jane to a place she likes to eat called Hawaiian Bros. They specialize in different flavors of marinated chicken. We ate about six chickens between us I think.

It was my first trip out to a restaurant in almost seven months. The place looks like it used to be a car dealership, but that allows for diners to be spaced quite a distance from each other.

I’m past the point where I should have made some decisions about my meat consumption and how I’m going to participate in the climate change economy, but it was a wonderful moment of semi-normalcy with her.


Tom Seaver (1944-2020)

Tom Seaver
Tom Terrific.
The Greatest Met.

Seaver won the National League (NL)’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1967, and won three NL Cy Young Awards as the league’s best pitcher. He is a 12-time All-Star. Seaver is the Mets’ all-time leader in wins, … the rest “Tom Seaver (1944-2020)”


Today is the Birthday of Art Pepper

Art Pepper
Photo by Ray Avery.

In my opinion one of the greatest jazz men to ever pick up the alto-saxophone.

To commemorate the date. Here’s September Song.


Dude |  

Konrad Steffen
Konrad Steffen, 1952-2020

He told me he overwintered twice in the Arctic, alone in a tent. When I asked if the solitude and elemental isolation got to him he seemed unfazed and instead described the privilege of being able to observe such a

the rest “Dude”

The Time Experiment |  

Rebecca Toh suggests a way to live in the moment.

For a day, an hour, or maybe just ten minutes, try this: Pretend time doesn’t exist…


Mom & Dad & Me & Stephen

Today is my mom and dad’s 61st wedding anniversary. Two years since mom passed.

Dad, Mom, Me and my little brother Stephen.