Arctic warbler Take a guess Yellow-rumped warbler, front Yellow-rumped warbler, back House finch (or Cassin’s finch) feasting on brittlebush seeds Roadrunner taking a long pause as if considering making a nest
A minor medical appointment drew me away from home for the first time in days, providing the opportunity to see for myself the widespread panic and pillaging that I’d heard about. Well, in truth, this month I’ve only watched the news twice, mainly because of my aversion to David Muir’s skinny dark neckties. Muir needs a federal … More Venturing out for the first time in days and finding a world marked by tape
Soon the exciting moment came, and I was next to go in. I’d better be ready and not have left my shopping bags in the car or means of payment at home. I looked at my list one more time, as if I might be denied it and need to work from memory. Then the concierge gave a shopping cart a couple of blasts from her bottle and drew it back for me to take. … More Breaking isolation to go to the store was reassuring except for the missed joke
Orientation was today for the 15th-annual Modernism Week, and we volunteers got our uniform T-shirts as well as a review of the basics. At first I was underwhelmed by the shirt but soon started to like it. Last year’s was zoomier, but this one has a punchy quality. ModWeek executive director Lisa Vossler Smith said … More ModWeek orientations have begun, so how well do I like the uniform T-shirt?
After my sophomore year at University of Nebraska at Omaha, and much against my father’s objections, I hitchhiked from Omaha to California to try out my new Raichle hiking boots. Were they better on granite than on campus concrete? Besides, after so much hullabaloo about Yosemite Valley in physical geography class, I had to find … More Half Dome–an inspiration point for a flatlander in 1976
This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!
In charge of a backhoe crew repairing a broken water pipe beneath the plaza’s parking lot, he would have been convincing, but he was the big spiritual cheese in the room. … More The Pastor from Elmo Hollow, or how it worked to pick at random for my annual church visit