Only after a week back at work following a luxurious two week break for the holidays, I'm having trouble concentrating. These are the trees I'm looking at: (And there are dozens more boxes than that. Hundreds more files. Thousands more pages. Oh! Oh! All the poor, poor trees...) I made the mistake of looking at unsplash.com. Oops. Now I seriously can't … Continue reading Tree Dreaming
Applying the trail wisdom of: Know your limits requires beginning with that concept firmly in mind. Starting there, we'll go here: Perhaps you remember the above photo from the first Trail Wisdom post, back in October? Then, during November, I shared part of my story in Trail Wisdom's second installment. Please permit me to now weave those narratives together for part three. My go-to explanation for the side … Continue reading Trail Wisdom: Hoodoo You Think You Are?
On Mane Street in Pioneertown (an easy drive from the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park), amongst the (mostly) fake facades, but not all the way to the fake looking but real post office, you will find a unique collection of art...(istic attempts). Did those directions make sense? No? Sorry! Let's try that again. … Continue reading Roadside Art: Almost Surely Art
I recently read three completely random non-fiction books* in a row (okay, I cheated a little, because two were audiobooks). Each contained a chapter devoted to the seeming disconnectedness in today's culture and impact on our daily lives due to technology (specifically: our mobile devices). My first reaction (wisely, understandably) meant a quick switch to … Continue reading Campfire Tales Presents: Presence
Where were we? Oh yeah! Presents. Hold that thought for one moment. First, I went and decorated you another tree: Okay, now we can get to the good stuff. Let's break this into three parts. THE PAST - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the day I moved (jobless) to Los Angeles to pursue … Continue reading Campfire Tales Presents: Presents
Phew... I finished decorating this tree for you just in time! Okay, who am I kidding? I totally cheated. I didn't decorate the lower half of the tree. I only made the top half presentable, then took a picture of that. Wait, still kidding. Sorry. Those are not my decorations, it's not a real tree, and that's not … Continue reading Merry Christmas to You!
The internet is populated by brilliant wildlife photographers. To reinforce this point, I googled "wildlife photography." Big mistake. I easily get lost for hours browsing stunning pictures of exotic places, incredible views, candid moments and gorgeous scenery, all captured in crisp and vibrant detail by dedicated amateurs and true professionals. And then there's me. My photography is comparable to the … Continue reading Peekaboo!
This series of posts started out as an allegory about the life path ahead of me reconceived as the river flowing behind my grandparent's backyard, broken down between the known and the unknown, with the blackberries found in that first, forbidden curve representing all the good things yet to come, as in, "If this is waiting just around … Continue reading Bring a Pie for Everyone
Every Sunday night for about a year, my mother and I enjoyed competing to solve Murder, She Wrote. Week after week, I emerged from my bedroom after she'd watched the very boring (to me) 60 Minutes just in time to catch the last few minutes of funny grouch Andy Rooney, then I dutifully tracked the clues Jessica … Continue reading The Things We Remember All Through Our Lives
A riddle: When you surround it, memories are created. When it surrounds you, memories are lost. What is it? FIRE! With multiple fires raging across the Los Angeles area, a friend of mine advised me to, "have a suitcase with valuables ready to go," after I sent a couple of photos of the smoke looming over my commute: While I … Continue reading The Smoke of a Distant Fire