Misc Posts
2021-04-29
Mister Frank
Eventually, Mister Frank, who was 81 at the time, asked if I could come in and help out in the morning. Of course I agreed I wanted to see more of what and who was about. So I showed up at 10 am, banging on the locked front door. Shuffling steps approached. Mister Frank's visage appeared from the gloom.   ...Read more
2021-01-02
The Ice Follies
There is an old proverb: "A fooish person and their camera soon becomes tedious." This is a risk faced by everyone who walks about with a camera hanging around their necks like an albatross. Indeed, persons in possesion of selfie sticks or who whip out their cell phones to document every aspect of their life are also at risk. But crossing the street is also a risk and not everyone who crosses the street is hit by a bus. After all, it is not how many pictures one takes that leads to photographic folly but how many one imposes upon others.

Ah, but I am a fool... So many times I have tried to reform. To subdue my penchant for pixels and limit the relentlessly redundant renderings my camera tempts me to take.....   ...Read more
2015-10-21
And Then There was August & September
The blue jay is acting a bit self-conscious. Pin feathers coming in make him look quite awkward and so he compensates by acting with more bravado and investigating things more fiercely. If I leave the back door open he will hop right up to the threshold and survey the inside of the house   ...Read more
Brick, Birch, Background, Blue Jay,
2015-08-18
What Happened to July?
One of the nice things about July is that the ginger plant blooms. This is probably the last year I get to see this one do it. It's growing by the front door & some of the stalks reach 8-feet in height. This year there are about 16 stalks.

A ginger plant like this is a truly wonderful thing. I tend to cut all of the stalks down to the base in November when they are looking a little reedy. So during the winter the root looks kind of like a nasty scar. People who are unaware of what a wonderful thing emerges from the homely mess will give me a questioning look like "why do you have something like that by your front door?"   ...Read more
Flower, Ginger, Bloom, Glass Insulator, Waffle, Rick Turner, Hydrangea, Rust,
2004-04-20
Where Do Tractors Go?
On American farms, the most important innovation of the last century is the tractor. From its introduction as a steam-powered behemoth, the tractor enabled a farmer to accomplish more work with less labor. The farmer was able to till and harvest larger sections of land. Tractors are versatile too! There are all kinds of attachments that can transform a tractor so it can be used to drill holes for fence posts, muck out the barn, or any of dozens of chores around the farm. The tractor soon became an indispensable helper that allowed the farmer to finish the innumerable chores about the farm more quickly. What this really meant was that more chores could be added to a list that already seemed endless. In the business world such a thing is known as "increased productivity." Such improved efficiency in an industry already so lucrative as farming promised even greater profits which could then be spent on... yes, more farm equipment and higher bank payments, which leads to in even greater efficiency. This is easily proven by counting the many retired farmers that live in penthouses on Fifth Avenue.
  ...Read more
Tractor, Missouri, Junkyard, Tractor, Farm Equipment, Tire,
2003-04-14
Raspberry
Raspberry, the word can evoke images of a Bronx cheer, a bright-red variety of soda-pop or a small, delicate fruit with a subtle taste that some feel is akin to heaven on earth. My first experience with this fruit was nowhere so divine.   ...Read more
Raspberry, Fruit, Perfection,
1995-08-23
Squirrels
Consider, if you will, the plight of the suburban squirrel. They have no written history, therefore their only link with the knowledge and experiences of their ancestors is through oral recitation. With squirrel's memory what it is, things get rather garbled over time. They tell of a time when when they ruled the planet, dogs and cats would run from them and it was the cars that were confused when facing a squirrel in the middle of a road.

Today‚Äôs Suburban Squirrels live in an environment evolution could never have conceived, nor does it seem that there could be one for which they are better adapted. Their predators are few. Cats, adolescent males with slingshots, and radial tires.   ...Read more
Squirrel, San Francisco, Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park,
1995-06-15
Roadkill
She was right up my alley, but she was in someone else's car.... When I saw her, I was mesmerized. Standing like a deer in the highbeams, transfixed in awe and wonder at the light, never realizing as soon as I had stopped, I was roadkill, my muscles twitching as my blood jelled on the pavement beside me.   ...Read more
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Misc Posts
Mister Frank
Apr 29, 2021
Back in 2006 I spend a couple of months in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While I was there I involved myself with a locals bar called Evelyn's Place.
The Ice Follies
Jan 02, 2021
There is an old proverb: "A fooish person and their camera soon becomes tedious." This is a risk faced by everyone who walks about with a camera hanging around their necks like an albatross.
And Then There was August & September
Oct 21, 2015
The blue jay is acting a bit self-conscious. Pin feathers coming in make him look quite awkward and so he compensates by acting with more bravado and investigating things more fiercely. If I leave the back door open he will hop right up to the threshold and survey the inside of the house
What Happened to July?
Aug 18, 2015
One of the nice things about July is that the ginger plant blooms. This is probably the last year I get to see this one do it. It's growing by the front door & some of the stalks reach 8-feet in height. This year there are about 16 stalks.
Where Do Tractors Go?
Apr 20, 2004
On American farms, the most important innovation of the last century is the tractor. From its introduction as a steam-powered behemoth, the tractor enabled a farmer to accomplish more work with less labor. The farmer was able to till and harvest larger sections of land.
Raspberry
Apr 14, 2003
Raspberry, the word can evoke images of a Bronx cheer, a bright-red variety of soda-pop or a small, delicate fruit with a subtle taste that some feel is akin to heaven on earth. My first experience with this fruit was nowhere so divine.
Squirrels
Aug 23, 1995
Consider, if you will, the plight of the suburban squirrel. They have no written history, therefore their only link with the knowledge and experiences of their ancestors is through oral recitation. With squirrel's memory what it is, things get rather garbled over time. They tell of a time when when they ruled the planet, dogs and cats would run from them and it was the cars that were confused when facing a squirrel in the middle of a road.
Roadkill
Jun 15, 1995
She was right up my alley, but she was in someone else's car.... When I saw her, I was mesmerized. Standing like a deer in the highbeams, transfixed in awe and wonder at the light, never realizing as soon as I had stopped, I was roadkill, my muscles twitching as my blood jelled on the pavement beside me.
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