The Essence of Miracles

I wonder sometimes what the essence of a miracle is. Is it something that is so unlikely that the laws of chance define it as miraculous, or is it, by necessity, something of the spirit that lifts us up towards transcendence? The strange thing is that although we live in a culture that seems to … Continue reading

Terrible nasty things in the Presidential Suite.

As I mentioned in a previous story, I once worked as Security for a famous local hotel, which again, for the purposes of this story and to protect myself from lawsuits, I will not name. At the time, I usually referred to myself as a Security Diplomat rather than a Security Guard, and sometimes as, … Continue reading

Yard Sale Report for 4/21/12 plus The Haunted House Story

Just last night my wife and I were sitting in shadows of nice restaurant, you know, the kind of place where the waiter introduces himself and instead of saying he’s going to be your waiter, he says he will be “helping” you tonight, as if he was he were a guru here to guide you, … Continue reading

Yard Sale Report for 04/14/12 Including The Sex Toy Story

The Yard Sale Gods cooperated nicely this last weekend and the weather was nearly perfect for an exuberance of stuff. The season is still young and looking for sales is a little bit like walking in the garden and looking for new shoots, there are plenty to go around, but the ground is not yet … Continue reading

Corruption

For several years, I worked security for a famous Portland hotel which, for reasons soon to be obvious I will not name. Although it did not pay very well, it was an interesting job and every day brought a host of unique and sometimes even bizarre situations. In a hotel, particularly one as steeped in … Continue reading

Second Yard Sale Day of the Season Report

Saturday was the second beautiful day in a row here in the Great North West. Although it’s still very early in the yard sale season, the 2nd day of a 2 day run of nice weather is usually a pretty good bet. I mean, when the weather is nasty and the grass is wet, people … Continue reading

Snow Dogs…

Yes, I know, I know, Doggerel is a miserable form of communication, but I am no good at Haiku and the dogs don’t understand me anyway. At least it’s short and quick! We insist on playing in the snow! It’s nearly April don’tcha know, It’s really not supposed to snow. And though it’s truly not … Continue reading

The Best Seat in the House!

I lived in Japan for many years… Well, for 6 years anyway. Now that I look back on my life, that doesn’t seem so long relatively, but at the time it often seemed like an eternity. Like most foreigners, I taught English to impressionable young Japanese students, drilling them on their use of the letters … 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