Monday, October 16, 2017


I came across a slip of paper that had this printed on it:


The Bear, sacred to Artemis, has been a totem of the Goddess in many cultures.  Bears are clever, deliberate and curious, watching and learning from the world around them.  Their hibernation is a metaphor of rebirth, the power of introspection and the knowing that comes from that place of silence.  They are referred to as the Head of the Council of Animals because of their great strength, fairness and courage.


Ursus arctos, or gigantic brown bear, lives just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. These bears can be the Kamchatka brown bear or the Far Eastern brown bear. Considered to be the ancestor of the Kodiak, the Kamchatka brown bears are dark brown and the largest carnivorans in Eurasia. There was a time in when bears lived everywhere where there was a forest (practically all of Europe). As the woods were cleared, the bears were forced to retreat into more and more remote regions. Already by the Middle Ages the habitat of bears was limited to inaccessible, still wooded mountains. In Europe the best bear habitats are extensive forests on steep-sloped, rocky territory where humans hardly ever stray.

Two talented artists collaborated to produce many of the "Porcelain Zoo" animal sculptures. Porcelain painter Viktor Zhbanov and sculptor/modeler Pavel Veselov. The fruit of their cooperation produced unique figures that are natural and distinctive in their poses.

The Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (Ломоносовский фарфоровый завод) has had a long history, starting with its name. When founded in 1744, it carried the name Imperial Porcelain Factory (Императорский фарфоровый завод). In 1925, it became Lomonosov, named after the scientist and writer Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765). Finally, in 2005, it came full circle and was renamed the Imperial Porcelain Factory.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Baha'i Center of Pendleton, Oregon


I happened upon the Baha'i Center quite by accident early one morning as I was travelling to Twin Falls, Idaho. It's a charming and dignified little building.

From their website.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Vincent's Bedroom in Arles

Vincent Van Gogh painted his bedroom in Arles at least three times.

Somebody recreated the bedroom.

Somebody built a model.

This guy recreated Vincent's painting in 3D, and put himself in it.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1969 Saab 95

We bought a used 1969 Saab 95 in Monterey in 1970.  It was cool little car with interesting features, like front wheel drive, free-wheeling and four on the column.  It had a V4 engine.

The trouble with the car was how rare it was.  Mechanics, even foreign mechanics, spent a lot of time scratching their heads when it was in their shop, which we paid for. 

Looking back, I wish we bought a more practical Ford station wagon.

This is the one I want.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

MLB Watch

I bought this watch online.

There was a code embedded in the face of the watch, and I verified that the watch had a piece of this ball:

The ball is in the pitcher's mit, and Kelby Tomlinson is at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. I remember the game, and the at bat.


Kelby steps out and eyeballs the pitcher.


The next pitch is in the dirt.

It gets away from the catcher.  That's my ball!

I sent the watch back---I thought it was too big.  I wish I kept it.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk


Monday, September 25, 2017

Tlingit Totem


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Crazy Love

Crazy Love

I can hear her heart beat from a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that's where I belong
Yet I'm running to her like a river's song

She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

She's got a fine sense of humor when I'm feeling low down
And when I come to her when the sun goes down
Take away my trouble, take away my grief
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief

She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Yes I need her in the daytime
Yes I need her in the night
Yes I want to throw my arms around her
Kiss her hug her kiss her hug her tight
And when I'm returning from so far away
She gives me some sweet lovin' brighten up my day
Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me feel whole
Yes it makes me mellow down in to my soul

She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tarascon Stagecoach -Van Gogh 1888

TARASCON STAGECOACH  - Vincent Van Gogh 1888

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mahvash Sabet

Iranian Bahá'í Mahvash Sabet was released from Evin Prison today after serving nearly 10 years in the Women's Ward. Her crime was her faith.

Mahvash with her husband, father, and family.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Everest Khumbu Ice Fall (Gineth Soto)

'The Khumbu icefall is a passage of constantly-falling ice from the head of the Khumbu glacier, at the point where the ice begins to melt. It is found at around 5,486 metres (17,999ft) above sea level on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, not far from base camp.

It has been labelled the most dangerous part of the trip up the South Col route to the summit of the mountain.'

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Window Display

Years ago, I volunteered afternoons at the Cooper House store in Monterey as a member of the Old Monterey Preservation Society (OMPS) with Nina Alioti. One quiet afternoon, I sketched the window display.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Old Coffee Cans

Don't know if they still sell coffee in cans. I remember some of these.

 My grandfather used to buy this brand.

Old cans and succulents.

Coffee can and inner tube drum.