Silence……..

7/22/13 Framed by my living room window, against a clear blue sky, the tennis ball lofts towards the whirling dogs. It’s a silent tableau, television without sound, a world swathed in cotton. Mama’s more than just a little hard of hearing and now, the Dexter Dog’s become pretty much deaf. It’s quiet behind the window […]

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Bobby McGee

7/15/13 Janis Joplin is singing “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy” ……. through the Pandora music box in the kitchen, her voice an aching heart that drifts out into the back lot and down the street…….. Down the way, Billie’s on the prime milking corner of Freddie’s and something, leisurely bedecked in lawn chair, dressed […]

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Cherries………..

7/8/13 This time of season the abundance of fresh fruit explodes forth like candy from a piñata. It simply rains down luscious, thumb-sized raspberries, plump, dark cherries, peaches the size of soft balls, and cold, sweet melons, We forget, except for the occasional put up jar of peaches or cherries, how truly amazing it is […]

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Oregon Berries

06/24/2013 Crap, looks like Portland outside my office window this morning, gray and drizzle as far as the eye can see and there’s some guy sleeping amongst the cardboard, behind the Quickie Mart. Some days there is just not enough coffee in the world to turn the engine over for another go. I swear, for […]

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FRESH OREGON STRAWBERRIES

06/24/2013 Crap, looks like Portland outside my office window this morning, gray and drizzle as far as the eye can see and there’s some guy sleeping amongst the cardboard, behind the Quickie Mart. Some days there is just not enough coffee in the world to turn the engine over for another go. I swear, for […]

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Candles & Strawberries

06/17/2013 We are like candles, beginning bright and full, burning lower over time, the light around us dimmer, our world smaller. I dreamt of the old dog last night. Shepard lab mix of a hound, black and tan trim, delicate steps on ground just turning to spring. Could see her clear as crystal, patrolling the […]

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2:30 in The Morning

06/03/2013 Ah Geezus, it’s two thirty in the Morning…. after a 3 a.m. day; dark as pitch, and the dogs are leading the blind here. Sadistic little black one nudging my dead hand with cold nose from the side of the bed, brushing back the cobwebs of sleep with her determination to go outside, Right […]

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Yellow Roses

They came bringing great yellow roses, weaving up the walkway in a rusty wheelbarrow; Leland’s heavy black glasses slipping down his nose, sweating into the striped “Polo” he always wore, straining against the weight of the plant and the inevitable flatness of a worn tire. Kevin, young and thin, soft brown hair like a mop, […]

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WORMS & All

05/20/2013 Ahh shucks …… Someone needs to go where the rhubarb grows and rake in the fish fertilizer so that the dogs won’t eat it all. Or muddle about a bit in the front flowerbeds, sort the weeds from the maybe weeds. Determine what can stay and what cannot. You know, make the big decisions […]

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Mother’s Day 2013

What a glorious weekend, if not for the wind of course, but we expect some breeze in the afternoons here. But if you were behind the window, in that perfect stream of sunlight, on the couch say, well………. Which reminds me, it is almost Mothers Day. Ye gads but it still sends shivers of fear into an […]

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