Steinbeck and our Marriage

“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck. I’m more than halfway through it. Just met the part where the guys plans to give him a party went tragically awry.   This is a strange experience. I have seen the movie, like it very much, would look at it again. Reading the book is not at all what […]

Facebook Thoughts

Somebody did it again. Wrote comment to correct me. That person really didn’t know the situation I was describing and had the option to just say nothing. I don’t post to be corrected. If you MUST “correct” something I post, send a private message. Play nice or go home. December 18 at 4:36 PM · […]

The Letters

IT STARTED: It was early 1978. In a few short weeks everything fell apart. Someone I thought I was building a home with wanted “freedom.” To satisfy that we moved 2,000 miles. She took the kids and began the legal process that would ultimately take everything apart. I had only despair. My livelihood was gone. […]

Redtails and Rattlesnakes

Redtails and Rattlesnakes

  It’s winter now. The ground is colder. The ground dwelling creatures have to find a hole and curl up, waiting for warmer soil. Beneath the soil they are safe. And we are safe in their world. I am keenly aware that the hills behind my house are home to rattlesnakes. I have boots. I […]

Of Making Many Books

IT STARTED: It was early 1978. In a few short weeks everything fell apart. Someone I thought I was building a home with wanted “freedom.” To satisfy that we moved 2,000 miles. She took the kids and began the legal process that would ultimately take everything apart. I had only despair. My livelihood was gone. […]

Ordination: My experience, reflections

I’ve been reading Barbara Brown Taylor. She writes an intensely personal reflection on her transition to private life. Read on. “And although I never found a church where I felt completely at home again, I made a new home in the world. I renewed my membership in the priesthood of all believers, who may not […]

The Steinway: Fur Elise

I woke this morning to the dulcet tones of “Fur Elise.” If you also got very far in those childhood piano lessons you also might have made it to Beethoven’s “Fur Elise.” I found her in the soft easy chair, watching the sun rise taking coffee from her new Mr. Rogers mug. “I’m centering myself” […]

Facebook Posts

Showering past 70: The problem with showers, they’re in bathrooms. And bathrooms have mirrors. Yuck. Past 70 we don’t look that good in mirrors. I go into the shower, you really need to get naked, but it’s no party looking down at an emaciated body. There’s nearly 100 lbs difference between when I was too […]

An Old Man’s Rumination

I want to walk in the Redwoods. One more time. Down that trail, behind the locked gate to the valley little known and little visted with those stout tall trees. The valley the rangers told us about. So green, so alive. I want to see again the rocky southern coast of Oregon, the creatures that […]

Me and Dad

DACA and Me

DACA and Me:   I may seem like a white bread Yankee American white man….but am I really? No matter where you stand on the issues of immigration, we all came sometime from somewhere.   I got to remembering a few nights ago those now gone but real people that I know now live in […]