spontaneous short snippets


melancholy crickets
playing their last tunes
before the chill of autumn
sends them to their doom



the goat’s name was bucket
on a barrel he did stand
he seemed awful friendly
until he bit your hand

bucketon art

what is the point
of a a swirl in the sky?
the effort to hang it
to catch someone’s eye?

what is the point
of songs gone unheard?
of plaintive lyrics
sung only to birds?

what is the point
of a simple verse?
of rhythm and rhyme,
moroseness and mirth?

what is the point
of throwing time
at questions that simply
aren’t yours or mine?


A Voice Through the Door

Sometimes you hear a voice through
the door calling you, as fish out of

water hear the waves, or a hunting
falcon hears the drum’s come back.

This turning toward what you deeply
love saves you. Children fill their

shirts with rocks and carry them
around. We’re not children anymore.

Read the book of your life which has
been given to you. A voice comes to

your soul saying, Lift your foot;
cross over; move into the emptiness

of question and answer and question.


Poem by Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks
Photos by Me

Krekel Art

Jason Krekel’s birthday was this week, and in celebration here is an overdue post of a video that was made as a DVD extra for our friend Austin Vince’s Mondo Sahara movie (Krekel created lino cut art for title credits). You can follow along on Krekel’s artistic adventures at www.krekelart.com – new paintings and toys and prints posted regularly!

And here’s Jason Krekel on his snowy birthday…
jason krekel

Sensational, Spunky Seniors

My friend Lora recently shared a link to Fabulous Fashionistas, a film about six inspiring women with an average age of 80. I watched it last weekend, and was very moved. The women in the film are creating new, positive paradigms about aging. Their style and sass and optimism are infectious. From the interviews, it seems that an enthusiastic attitude and exercise are two of the key components to a vibrant life after 70. These women also all have creative outlets, including expressing themselves with fashion. I suspect I’ll watch this film again as I get older, to remind myself what’s possible.




A hundred freedoms fell on her.

“Over decades, she had reclaimed what she had forfeited of her own mind, if any. She took pains to keep outside of the world’s acceleration. An Athens marketplace amazed Diogene with “How many things there are in the world of which Diogenes hath no need!” Lou had long since cut out fashion and all radio but the Red Sox. In the past few years she had let go her ties to people she did not like, to ironing, to dining out in town, and to buying things not necessary and that themselves needed care. She ignored whatever did not interest her. With those blows she opened her days like a piñata. A hundred freedoms fell on her. She hitched free years to her lifespan like a kite tail. Everyone envied her the time she had, not noticing that they had equal time. ” – Annie Dillard, from The Maytrees

I recently finished The Maytrees, which is exquisitely written.

This passage above really struck me as it paints a picture of a way to be in the world that I admire. Lou’s approach to life seems so liberating. I am in a phase where I am craving more simplicity. Of course, I can’t imagine totally giving up dining out, but there are many things I can give up, and will. In doing so, I hope to make room for more nature and art and music and wonder.
mt mitchell view

Miracle Wave


My friends are my biggest inspirations. I am currently extra impressed by the artist efforts of Phil Cheney. Phil recently went to Connecticut and did two giant paintings. The biggest, The Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave, is 10′ x 17′. He also collaborated with musicians Meredith DiMenna and Emil Nomel on a recording of an original song. This weekend The Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave will be on display on the outside of the Nest Arts Factory. Here’s the trailer for that event – the final, longer video and full song to be revealed soon:

Phil is truly manifesting grand things. Phil’s wonderfully written posts about his adventures, and pictures of his art, can be found at dynamicartgallerie.com.


Map Your Memories

map from mapping manhattan
I found out about Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Hate) Story in Maps from my friend Alabama Chanin’s blog. It’s so inspiring!

New Yorker Becky Cooper walked around NYC handing out a thousand blank maps of Manhattan, addressed to a P.O. Box. She then created a beautiful book from the submissions.

I love the whole vision of this project, capturing stories and memories and in relation to the places that hold them.

Cooper continues to collect and post maps on her tumblr.

On that site she writes: “Maps are more about their makers than the places they describe. Map who you are. Map where you are. Fill the map with a story or paint your favorite cup of coffee. Map the invisible. Map the obvious. Map your memories.”

Sounds like an art project to undertake.



Map by Louis Phillips.