Alpine, California, United States
December 07
I am here in cyberspace trying to understand the true nature of reality. My artwork can be seen in the blog link below.!home/mainPage


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JUNE 11, 2014 9:03AM

Crazy Girl

   There is a little girl who has just moved into my neighborhood.  She has already knocked on the door here twice looking for someone with a tiny bit of frantic worry in her voice. I've seen her in frilly pink dresses with a crown on.  Mostly I think she just wants… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2014 11:57AM

A Place to be Crazy

   I have had many jobs in crazy places.  Really.  Not just regular jobs where everyone seems crazy but they pretend that things are fine and back stabbing is the norm.   In a true place where crazy people live there are stories.  We try to lump all crazy peop… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 11:30AM

Pot Candy for Grown Ups

   Hershey is sueing Colorado and Washington edible cannabis manufactures over the fact that their pot candy brands look too much like the Hershey brands. This seems related to the Maureen Dowd article about how she ate a whole marijuana "candy" bar that was meant for sixteen servings inste… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2014 12:22PM

Listen to the Mockingbird

     What a character!!  The mockingbird is keeping the whole neighborhood up around here.  I found him fascinating at first and then dam annoying - just like most of my relationships.  Just like my new laptop was fun in the beginnin… Read full post »
JUNE 4, 2014 4:45PM

Scary Stories

  In my neighborhood the kids used to camp in the backyard in tents and tell stories by flashlights way into the night .  I was one of the younger kids so they kept it cleaner for me but scary was for everyone.  "The Hand" was the most vivid for me… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2014 9:21AM

Louis CK - Funny in a Good Way


I am hooked on watching the tv show "Louie".  Creative genius is such a wonderful thing and he is totally unique.  His comedy is deep and dark with lots of twists in a slow moving storyline.  There are so many memorable characters that defy sanity and yet I could relate to… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 10:31PM

Me, Me, Me

   I guess it is important to go beyond pedestrian writing and get to the meat of life.  There are so many  "I's" in my posts that I have to make a conscious effort to eliminate or change them to something outside myself.  Since I write from such a quiet place it… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 10:05PM

I'm Typing Outside!

   What fun to have a laptop that can sit on my garden table.   The sun is in the late afternoon mode with a hint of summertime.   Spring has not yet left us here in the burned Southern California landscape.  There are a few green sprigs left but they are hard… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2014 2:07PM

Uncle Sam's Census Report Online

   Filling out the questions on the 2014 census was invasive.  I feel like I have been probed.  I am so glad I have not done anything wrong but I feel like a criminal.  Where do I live? how many bedrooms?running water? where do you get your money? do you have… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2014 11:30PM

Playing with a Blood Pressure Cuff

   What a wild ride begins when you buy your first blood pressure cuff.  We had to get an extra large one for my friend and then we watched and charted all the numbers.  It was scary. 

    My mother panicked when she saw her blood pressure going up and do… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2014 10:01AM

The Food Pyramid was a Lie!

   I loved coloring on all the levels of the graphs the teachers mimeographed for us in grade school to show what we should be eating.  The little drawings of bread, fruit and veges plus meat and eggs seemed so right and comforting.  I never really gave it much thought but pe… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2014 10:39AM

Good News Sunday

There used to be lots of Good News Sunday posts on Open.  I miss the old days but life goes on and on, spiraling out so that Good News Sundays are not lost.  I am always looking for good news which is usually mixed in with the bad news.  It is… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2014 10:08PM


  I am reading the perfect book at the perfect time in the perfect setting.  Thomas Moore's book "The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life" has arrived magically in my life and taken me to a calm, happy place.

   I love this line in the book..."I would rather be a dysfunctional soul… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2014 7:36PM

The Snapping Turtle

   Dealing with my mom is like wrangling a snapping turtle out of the mud on the banks of an Indiana river.  She snaps at me frequently nowdays and is pissed that I hired someone to help her for three hours a week.  "It is too soon to hire someone." … Read full post »

MAY 20, 2014 12:28PM

"House of Cards" Sex

    Without giving too much away I want to write about the sex scenes in the series House of Cards that is streaming on Netflix.  There are many different levels to this show and Kevin Spacey does an admirable job of playing the manipulative politician in the White House.

 &n… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2014 12:30PM

Help for Veterans

   The recent scandal in the Veteran's Administration is discouraging.  They are accused of "cooking the books" on statistics about wait time to get help.  The bog of government administration of programs is universal.  In India the files were piled up all around the wall in… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2014 11:17PM

Storms I Have Weathered

  The fire storm is coming to an end now.  I saw a firenado, black ash and fire trucks.  When that hot wind started blowing it was exhilarating until it got deadly and then we rode the waves of fear.  A good storm all in all and I am ready for… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2014 4:31PM

Fire and Wind Here

 I always wanted to be a cub reporter. 


 The carport roof of the house next door just blew off into a big Oak tree.  I was over there trying to hold it down after I called the manager but when I went back to get a rope it blew… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2014 9:21PM

Getting Some Help

  Just a small change in my routine to take care of my mom and I think it will help.   I hired the lady who cleans for her once a month to be with her once a week.  They can wash windows, go shopping at Walmart, work in the yard etc.… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2014 1:10AM

It All Starts to Make Sense

What a wonderful Mother's Day conversation with my daughter this weekend.  We went over all the drunken teenager stories from her youth and I finally got to iron out lots of details that I had wondered about.  It all starts to make sense now how mild the crazy situations were really… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2014 8:38PM

Floaters in Eyes

   A small dot appeared in my vision as I was driving back from the beach two days ago.  I thought it was a strand of hair caught in my eyelash and tried to wipe it away as I navigated through the Southern Californian traffic crunch.  It wouldn't go away.  It… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2014 9:43AM

x rated Hilary

 I enjoyed seeing Hilary explain her guilty pleasures.  She blushed like a school girl trying to think of something that was not x rated.  I find it refreshing to think of a woman in power who is not afraid to reveal she has some x rated pleasures.… Read full post »

    I woke up thinking how messed up everyone I know has become, mourning for a world that is kinder and makes more sense.  When I heard about the girls taken from a modern Western School in Nigeria I was horrified of course.  However there is a part of my brain… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2014 12:03AM

San Diego's New Central Library

 What a grand adventure to go explore the new library downtown!  We took the trolley down into this rapidly growing part of town and walked into an amazing building.  I was a little disappointed that the… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2014 10:21AM

My Daughter is a Cigarette Smoker

    First thing in the morning she heads outside for a puff which is the worst time to inhale that dam smoke.  We tried exercising, meditating and waiting just five minutes but that only lasted one day.  She tells me it is not a spiritual, emotional or character flaw, she is… Read full post »