Wednesday, December 23, 2009


We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds.
Maud van Buren, 1938

Monday, December 7, 2009

Frozen Flow

All photographs testify to time's relentless melt.
Susan Sontag

I took this photo this morning just outside my front door. The howling bitter winds have created icy scapes.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Artists Who Should Not Release Christmas Albums

Here is my list of suspects who should steer clear of Christmas tunes:

Leonard Cohen
With the exception of "Blue Christmas" I suspect sales would plummet to depths unknown if Leonard was suddenly overhead trying to convince shoppers to have a "Holly Jolly Christmas".

Alanis Morissette
I cannot imagine Alanis singing "Silver Bells" although I would like to hear her rendition of "Jagged Little Star".

John Coltrane
Who knows maybe "A Love Supreme" is a Christmas album and no one has figured this out.

Now Sonny and Cher could have safely released a Christmas Album but definitely not Cher as a solo artist. I also do not want to imagine the frightening alterations Cher would make to an elf costume.

There's a start. Am I missing anyone?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just Another Glorious West Coast Day

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Crowfoot Quote- Great Siksika Leader

December dawned into a spectacular day. I took this photo while walking my dog around the neighborhood just over an hour ago. The sun provided the encore to a tranquil landscape of simple stillness. I celebrate the season of Advent over the next few weeks- the season of seems like nature too is in a season of waiting. Unlike the human experience the season of waiting in nature seems to be elegantly restorative.