Friday, May 31, 2013

My friend Renee Tafoya and her man Sean in Wyoming.

This is her work.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Casa Juanita, Hill's Corners

Awaking every morning in comfort, I think of the seven Bahá'i Yaran (Friends) imprisoned for a belief, and say this prayer for them:

“O God, my God! I testify to Thy unity and to Thy oneness. I beseech Thee, O Thou Possessor of names and Fashioner of the heavens, by the pervasive influence of Thine exalted Word and the potency of Thy supreme Pen, to aid me with the ensigns of Thy power and might, and to protect me from the mischief of Thine enemies who have violated Thy Covenant and Thy Testament. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.” --Bahá'u'lláh

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

David McGlochlin

I became friends with Dave in high school, and the few years afterwards.  I can honestly say that he was the best friend I ever had. I remember him dropping by my apartment in Carmel to tell me that he had joined the Navy.  He said he did it for 'security'.  He spent a year in Okinawa at the naval station, and then was sent to Vietnam to die as a hero.

When I was in the third grade, I briefly attended an elementary school in Woodland Hills, California.  It so happened that there were two 3rd grade classes, and my twin brother and I were in different classes.  Dave was in one of those classes! I like thinking he was in mine.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SHE'S NOT THERE--The Zombies

Monday, May 20, 2013

Весенняя Гроза - Фёдор Иванович Тютчев
A Spring Storm - Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

A poem beautifully read...

Thank you, Natalia Worthington

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Exiles and Travels of Bahá'u'lláh

Both of the above maps omit the two years--from April 10, 1854 until March 19, 1856-- when Bahá'u'lláh retired to the wilderness of Sulaymaniyyih, approximately 125 miles north-northwest of Baghdad. Part of that time, Bahá'u'lláh spent in isolation in a cave on a mountain named Sar-Galú. 

The Story of the Hermit, from May Maxwell's  'An Early Pilgrimage'

Then (Abdu'l-Baha) told us the story of the hermit; how once when the Blessed Perfection was travelling from one place to another with His followers He passed through a lonely country where, at some little distance from the highway, a hermit lived alone in a cave. He was a holy man, and having heard that Our Lord, Bahá'u'lláh, would pass that way, he watched eagerly for His approach. When the Manifestation arrived at that spot the hermit knelt down and kissed the dust before His feet, and said to Him: 'Oh, my Lord, I am a poor man living alone in a cave nearby; but henceforth I shall account myself the happiest of mortals if Thou wilt but come for a moment to my cave and bless it Thy Presence.' Then Bahá'u'lláh told the man that he would come, not for a moment but for three days, and He bade His followers cast their tents, and await His return. The poor man was so overcome with joy and gratitude that he was speechless, and led the way in humble silence to his lowly dwelling in a rock. There the Glorious one sat with him, talking to him, and teaching him, and toward evening the man bethought himself that he had nothing to offer his great Guest but some dry meat and some dark bread, and water from a spring nearby. Not knowing what to do he threw himself at the feet of his Lord and confessed his dilemma. Bahá'u'lláh comforted him and by a word bade him fetch the meat and bread and water; then the Lord of the universe partook of this frugal repast with joy and fragrance as though it had been a banquet, and during the three days of His visit they ate only of this food which seemed to the poor hermit the most delicious he had ever eaten. Bahá'u'lláh declared that He had never been more nobly entertained or received greater hospitality and love.

'This,' exclaimed the Master, when He had finished the story, 'shows us how little man requires when he is nourished by the sweetest of all foods--the love of God.'

The Bridge at Büyükçekmece

Bahá'u'lláh and His followers crossed this bridge after being exiled from Istanbul (Constantinople) to Erdirne (Adrianople).

I found the bridge on Google Street View.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Lots of House Finches at the feeder these days...

Monday, May 13, 2013


These drawings were prepared for a presentation to the donors to the structural improvements of the Carmel Mission Basilica, who would like to know how their $7 million dollars were spent.  The odd thing about a building's structure is that it is integral to a building but rarely seen--much like the human skeleton.  In this case, considerable work was done--at great expense--to strengthen the structure, and yet upon completion of the project it looked exactly as it did before the work began.

Here's a picture of the structural engineer giving the presentation.  It's embarrassing  to have the crucified Christ hanging over my drawing, saints around it and the grave of Saint Junipero Serra below it.  Did they really have to have the presentation at the front chancel in front of the altar?  It feels disrespectful and a reflection of a media culture.  Still, I'm proud of my graphics (although I wasn't given the time to refine them), which leaves me ambivalent.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

'When you feel neglected, think of the female salmon, who lays 3,000,000 eggs but no one remembers her on Mother's Day.'

           --Sam Ewing

Friday, May 10, 2013

Jeffrey Cobb Ewing


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

9 мая

Вели́кая Оте́чественная война́

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the defeat  of Nazi Germany.  Known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia, it is celebrated with a parade in Red Square, Moscow, where veterans and citizens remember the 27 million who were lost in that titanic struggle.

"С Днём Победы!"

                                                Парад Победы 9 мая 2013г

My Eastern Redbud is blooming.

Here's the same corner when I bought the house.  I designed the garden around the birdbath, given to my by my two sons.

Monday, May 6, 2013

An American Goldfinch visited my backyard yesterday.  It was the first one I've ever seen, and it was striking.

Later in the day, a Western Tanager took a drink at the birdbath.  It's been several years since I've seen one of those.

(pics from internet)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sam Ewing in the booth.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nick Lowe-- So it Goes

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Shadow of the Earth.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The focus of this wonderfully composed pencil drawing  is a howdah, common in 1800's in Persia and Mesopotamia--modern day Iran and Iraq.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I was in Chicago year ago for the Centenary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette by Abdu'l-Baha.

For the sketch, I used Google Street View before my trip to determine a good station point.  It worked exactly as I had planned!

After sketching, I took this photograph walking back to the Temple.

Inside the Temple, I tried to sketch the structure, but I was so disappointed with my effort that I tore out the page and threw it away.  I've only done that once before.