Yard Sale Report from 07/14/12 plus the Widower and the Catholic

It was an interesting weekend at the yard sales. The weather was excellent and the people were friendly and engaged. There were literally hundreds of sales going on and the competition was spread a bit thin, which is not so great for the sellers, but can be killer for the buyers. The juncture of good … Continue reading

My Sainted Mother and her Cosmic One-Upmanship

  My Sainted Mother always seemed to be one step ahead of the rest of us. Once, when being interviewed for The Sacramento Bee on her new position as Chairman for the California Arts Council, the reporter asked her what her qualifications were and she replied, “I may not know much about art, but I … Continue reading

The Silence of the Chickens

(Warning! There are some graphic descriptions of chicken killing further down in this story. Proceed at your own risk.) It’s been a busy weekend here at the Ocular Edifice. Our little kitten, Izzy had two kittens under the bed and my wife got so excited she jumped up and down like a kid. Izzy is … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend.

Last Friday, on the 9th of March, an old friend passed away. Not just a friend, but also a teacher and a mentor who in many ways, altered the course of my life and became a part of my own history and personal mythology. He was a man of principle and authority, with a quick … Continue reading

Adventures in Traveling With My Father

Every year as a boy, my father would take me on a fishing trip to the Big Sky country of Montana. I still vividly remember the long hours spent driving across Utah, where the vast, flat expanses of barren white salt desert reflected the sky so perfectly that you could not find the horizon. The … Continue reading

It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.

My parents had a motto in their later years that went, It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch. My father explained it to me by saying that to love someone deeply meant that sooner or later there would be profound pain from loss. He also said that it was that loving … Continue reading