Friday, December 31, 2010


Dog, watch over us and protect us.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I'm as much of a heathen as anyone,
so I regret not staying up to see
the totality of the eclipse on the solstice.
But I did see the moon rise that night.

O my Dog.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

before the fall

I like these photos.
They were the last ones I took a couple of weeks ago
before crashing on the cattle guard.

Long tall Sally.

This crutch supporting the mountain is actually
a raptor platform for nesting golden eagles.
In hindsight, I should've used it.

More's the pity.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

christmas tree

The maple tree's Christmas lights

Every color we've got.

Monday, December 20, 2010

copasetic cosmos

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and fortunate
Solstice, Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse!

Credit: Jim Fakatselis, NASA

Thursday, December 16, 2010

deck the halls

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

face plant

Last weekend, the weather at the ranch was beautiful,
cold and clear.
The dog and I took a walk up the mountain.
How blithe.

As part of my continuing education, called Life, on our way back down the ranch road, my shoelace lassoed a spike on the cattle guard, and I crashed and burned. Did a total face plant down onto the metal bars. Somehow, my Kryptonite sunglasses protected my face. Mostly. I sat for a bit, resumed breathing and took inventory; there was enough blood for good drama, but that was all.

When I got back down to the house, I put my feet up and iced my face. To pass the time, I got out my iPhone and went into the Pollock Zone. That app is a remarkable anesthetic; does wonders for pain and plane rides. I did this wry self-portrait. It's the only image you'll ever see. Take my word for it, it's a fair rendition of the wreckage.

Considering I should be dead, my fat lip was a miracle.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Nobody naps like a dog.


This is dedicated to this proud old guy,
who at age 12 wasn't too old to go out on a toot today
in dogged pursuit of a girl.
Then we "rescued" him and called his mother.
I bet he's sleeping well tonight,
and I bet he's pissed at us.

Friday, December 10, 2010

some cats are okay

We're mostly not cat people,
but sometimes you gotta admire talent.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

yo mama

I like the background, but the women are much too graphic.
Even so, I can't help liking them.
Even if they're, whoops, both missing digits.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

cherry pie

I've painted a lot of black women.
There were no models, so I depended on my imagination.
As these women appeared, I grew to love them like sistahs.
They were very good company.

There are several more of them, but
Cherry Pie here pushed to the front of the line.