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Monthly Archives: December 2012


Mon, 31 Dec 2012, 06:32 PM (-06:00)

Blue sky. White clouds roll by. Cool breeze blowing off the ocean. Deep blue waters. White waves breaking on black rocks. And oh my gosh, would you believe it? There goes a Hawaiian catamaran under sail. Two yellow hulls kicking up whitecaps. A brown-orange sail full with the wind of the deep blue sea. Why are you […]

What’s With the Lanais?

Sun, 30 Dec 2012, 01:46 PM (-06:00)

And so how does it work with these … verandahs, these big Hawaiian porches, these lanais? These open patios with great flat ceilings to shelter you from the rain or bright sun but otherwise open to the elements. I’m not even sure what you call these places, and I certainly don’t know how they work. What […]

Liking Trudy’s Photos

Sun, 30 Dec 2012, 10:24 AM (-06:00)

It’s been eight months since we went to Hawaiʻi. But the story isn’t completely told. I still have scribbled notes in this Moleskine. So forgive me, but it’s winter and, well, I’ve got these notes, so I’d like to pick up where we left off, on the Big Island… We’re in the hotel room. The […]

For Now … Winter

Wed, 26 Dec 2012, 10:29 PM (-06:00)

1. So with the winter solstice passed, a cold wind has come down from the north. The mid-70s of last week are gone. The faucets are wrapped and the spinach beds covered. The lizards and beetles and snakes and other creatures of the earth are hidden in their warm places, maybe under the logs in […]

A Butterfly in December

Mon, 24 Dec 2012, 01:38 PM (-06:00)

So I’m standing out there. Standing in the yard. In the warm sun. Walking around. Looking at the hidden places back there. I’m standing next to Izzy who has let drop her Bison bone and is trotting to the fence to find the Texas walnut that I just tossed in the leaves.  I’m standing there, and […]

Also Sprach Trudy

Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 09:18 PM (-06:00)

“I just want you to know,” said the fair and industrious Trudy. “I just want you to know that I have done absolutely nothing productive tonite except comfort our poor sick puppy and take them both for a walk.” She might have added “and make sausage and reheat yesterday’s squash and broccoli from the farm […]

Just Something Enough

Wed, 19 Dec 2012, 08:47 PM (-06:00)

“That’s a lot of laps,” he said. He was talking about my story about the pond and the things I saw as I ran around four times. He was supporting his brother, trying to encourage him. He’s been trying for so long, and all his brother has to offer as evidence is four laps around […]

Four Laps

Tue, 18 Dec 2012, 09:23 PM (-06:00)

On the first lap, I looked to my left across the pond. The silhouettes of Oak and Juniper on the other side and the pink glow of late sunset were mirrored in the still water. On the second lap, the pink glow was diminishing, and three ducks were swimming in the middle of the pond, […]

Time Signatures

Fri, 7 Dec 2012, 01:04 AM (-06:00)

So why is it? Why is it that pieces like Take Five are so compelling? 4/4 time. 3/4 time. That’s fine, but it just goes around and around and in some sense sounds like an infinite loop around just a tiny bit of something. But 5/4 and 7/4, well now we’re talking. Looping still, of course. […]

Take Five

Thu, 6 Dec 2012, 07:01 AM (-06:00)