Took the backroads to the lumber yard today and drove by a ranch that raises buffaloes (bison). Mount Shasta is in the far back back. Those are olive trees too. They are mechanically harvested which requires the trees to be pruned in sort of a boxy shape. That seems weird to me. Nicky plays guitar [...]

Quaker meeting for worship After Samye Ling my spiritual searching was dogged by the on-off return of the punitive god and so placatory one-off … Spiritual searching 3: Knock … I am captivated by Fiona’s sharing of her spiritual quest. You might be too. This is a series. Although I am not able to like [...]

Mount Shasta to the north Destination- Lassen Peak The “ Watch for Snow” is covered up Cold Getting Deeper Parking Lot at Visitor’s Center Not a Good Exit Lassen Peak A Dazed and Confused Old Guy Trying To Avoid a Broken Hip! Gives You an Idea of How Deep the Snow is at the Lowest [...]

A couple of years ago, I put down a little piano backing track on the IPhone and I began making things up, kind of. This was the result. Love Do Wop Music! Wrote this one with a friend in Australia, Lawrence Farr. As usual, I got a little silly and we added that ending [...]

It is turning into a very wet drought here in Northern California. Since the beginning of the new year, we've had nine "Atmospheric Rivers" travel above our heads and one "Bomb Cyclone" for good measure. In the good old days, we didn't have those terms in our weather vocabulary. We'd say, "Man, it rained cats [...]

I understand what the dog is saying. Sometimes I think about the world, think about my country, and I feel helpless. I pay my taxes like a good honest citizen. My taxes are used, among other things, to create weapons of war that are used to kill some other person who also feels helpless in [...]

William Orpen 1901 A friend often posts the most beautiful paintings on his social media accounts. I really enjoy that he does this. I am not a fine arts fellow but as I’ve grown older I now enjoy the exposure to these paintings. However, also being a die hard, smart ass, I sometimes view these [...]