Monday, January 14, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

Vintage San Francisco Watercolors

Vintage San Francisco Watercolors

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sorrow upon Sorrow

Praying for young Tim, who entered eternity this afternoon.

Monday, December 17, 2018

I Would Build a Home


Looking North

Looking South

Looking East


Genius Loci

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Plugged In

Sketched on the Palmetto-- a train  somewhere between Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Contribution

My work hides in plain sight.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Крокодил Гена - Голубой вагон (The Blue Coach)

Голубой Вагон

Медленно минуты уплывают вдаль,
Встречи с ними ты уже не жди.
И хотя нам прошлого немного жаль,
Лучшее, конечно, впереди!

Скатертью, скатертью дальний путь стелится,
И упирается прямо в небосклон.
Каждому, каждому в лучшее верится,
Катится, катится голубой вагон!

Может, мы обидели кого-то зря -
Календарь закроет этот лист.
К новым приключениям спешим, друзья,
Эй, прибавь-ка ходу, машинист!

Скатертью, скатертью дальний путь стелится,
И упирается прямо в небосклон.
Каждому, каждому в лучшее верится,
Катится, катится голубой вагон!

Голубой вагон бежит, качается,
Скорый поезд набирает ход.
Ну зачем же этот день кончается -
Пусть бы он тянулся целый год!

Скатертью, скатертью дальний путь стелится,
И упирается прямо в небосклон.
Каждому, каждому в лучшее верится,
Катится, катится голубой вагон!

In English

The Blue Coach

All the minutes gradually fly away -
And you shouldn't wait for them again!
And, of course, we're sorry about the past, but yet
All the best is certainly ahead!

Spreading like tablecloth,
Distant way goes on,
And it can reach right heaven's horizon.
Everyone, everyone
Should believe in the best.
The Blue Coach
Is rolling, rolling on...

Maybe we offended someone just in vain?
The calendar will turn over that page.
We are rushing forward to adventures, Friends!
Hey, come on, speed up, Engineer!


The blue coach is running and swinging on.
The rapid train is speeding up it's pace.
And how come this day is coming to the end?
Why can't we prolong all happy days?


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Arthur Hill Gilbert

ARTHUR HILL GILBERT (June 10, 1893 – April 1970) was an American Impressionist painter, notable as one of the practitioners of the California-style. Today, he is remembered for his large, colorful canvasas depicting meadows and groves of trees along the state's famed 17 Mile Drive. Gilbert was part of the group of American impressionist artists who lived and painted in the artists' colony scene in California at Carmel and Laguna Beach during the 1920s and 1930s. Wiki

Sunday, November 11, 2018

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe 

(Lower left)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

West Coast Swing

Unchoreographed fun.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Spotted Towhee

Spied a Spotted Towhee scratching around under the bird feeder today.  It was the first one in many months.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Raising the Dead

Many who reject religion do so because biblical miracles do not comport with science.  There is a middle way that separates seekers from followers.

"Consider that Christ reckoned as dead those who were nonetheless outwardly and physically alive; for true life is life eternal and true existence is spiritual existence. Thus if the Sacred Scriptures speak of raising the dead, the meaning is that they attained everlasting life; if they say that one who was blind was made to see, the meaning of this seeing is true insight; if they say that one who was deaf was made to hear, the meaning is that he acquired an inner ear and attained spiritual hearing. This is established by the very text of the Gospel where Christ says that they are like those of whom Isaiah once said, They have eyes and see not, they have ears and hear not; and I heal them."

        Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nightmare on Elm Street


When I picked up the phone one Halloween, a man on the other end asked “Are you the one who’s lost a cat?” I had an orange cat named Sonny who liked to wander the neighborhood, and as he wore a collar with my phone number, I answered "Yes". 

The man said: "You need to come down here and pick him up right now. This is the manager of the Del Mar Theater on Pacific Avenue”.  I told him I'd be right over to pick him up.

“Okay”, he said, “where do you live?”

When I told him I lived on Elm Street, there was an odd pause before he said “just hurry”.

As it turns out, the Del Mar--a vintage theater with a free-standing ticket booth in front--was just admitting customers to the next show, so I understood why the manager wanted to be rid of the distraction, which was my cat. So I went right up to the ticket taker at the door, and asked where I could find Sonny. He pointed to the ticket booth, and sure enough there he was inside having a good time with all the activity. The cashier and the movie goers were amused at what was going on.

As I was leaving, I looked at the marquee, and I understood the awkward pause after I told the manager where I lived. The movie that was playing that Halloween Night was “Nightmare on Elm Street” !


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My First Car

My first car was a 1953 Chevrolet Suburban like this one.  It was the same color as a Lima Bean, so that's what I called it.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bridge Painter

I talked to this bridge painter. He was a huge man, and he appreciated my respect for his job and my correct surmising of his Native American heritage: He was reticent and deliberate. I appreciated him posing for me in front of his utility truck.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


The story goes that while in Baghdad, a steady stream of mystics and learned men sought to meet Bahá´ú´lláh....many of whom had quite an inflated opinion of themselves, indicated by the extremely tall turbans they wore and the ostentatious titles they had adopted. One day a man came wearing the tallest turban anyone had ever seen and announced his name to be "The Seal of the Mullahs". Bahá´ú´lláh is said to have smiled at him and uttered one word..."Insha'Allah."

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Drop in a Vacuum

A Drop in a Vacuum

Some curious individual wondered if the effect of a drop of liquid landing on a surface is different in a vacuum than it is at one atmosphere.

This is the effect I'm familiar with.

Here is a video of  a drop in a vacuum.

 I'm unclear on the physics, but it seems that when the friction between the liquid and air is eliminated, all the energy is efficiently and uniformly dispersed into the receiving body...or something.

I lost the contents of the article, but I remember that what was learned in the experiment had a practical application, which, unfortunately, I can't remember.  Doh!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018


EDIZ HOOK, Port Angeles, Washington

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sky Glider

Sky Glider, Santa Cruz, California