Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Last session with my AAU/San Francisco undergrad Kid's Book group Fall 2009. Gonna miss 'em. Fine group of artists. Little worried that I've shared too much with them. New, excellent talent on the market is not what I need. Think I'll advise them to take up dentistry. Teehee.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Newsflash- It's Late December, 1941. FBI agents raid homes of U.S. citizens of Japanese/American descent in San Francisco Bay Area- removing radios, cameras, all material of Japanese nationalist content such as flags, photos of Mt. Fuji, postcards and wedding picture albums, and any item that could be used as a weapon-ceremonial swords, letter openers and little-league baseball bats. Could this ever happen again?
Monday, October 26, 2009
What Happens When You Get Lost
By William Stafford
Out in the mountains nobody gives you anything.
And you learn what the rules were after the game is over.
By then it is already night and it doesn’t make any difference
What anyone else is thinking or doing because now you have to
Turn into an Indian.
You remember stories and now you know that the tellers were
Part of all they told.
And everyone else was, and even you.
They’re all around you now, but if you’re afraid you will never find them.
And those questions that people always ask-
“What would you do if…”
They have their own answer right now- nothing.
Some things cannot be redeemed in a hurry no matter what the intentions are.
What could be done had to have been done a long time ago.
Because mistakes have consequences that do not just disappear.
If evil could be canceled easily it would not be very evil.
And so, the stars see you.
While you drift away they have their own courses and they watch you.
And listen, they already know your name.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
When the concerned parents came to the PTO meeting to complain about the new "illegal alien" child who'd invaded the 3rd grade- they found that "Eliot" didn't exactly look as they had imagined he would. Some were pleasantly surprised to find that Eliot spoke excellent English. Better, even, than most of the parents- with just a little bit of an "off-planet" twang. But most felt justified in their original sense of outrage! The "drool" thing was still an issue. They lodged an official complaint and left feeling satisfied that they'd done their civic duty. God Bless America. These colors don't run. Amen.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I'm heading down to my local used book store and start buying cart loads. And all my National Geographcs (own every issue from 1942 till 2000) that I use for reference but have been tired of dragging around for the past 15 years and thought about putting out on the curb- their value just leaped up ten fold. I don't care how heavy they are. The article above just proves to me that my fears for the passing of printed material into the "quaint but out-moded" venue is not without a basis in fact. The knuckle head dean of that prep school may have saved some space and some money in the short term for the school's trustees but he has just bankrupted the schools value as a source of all forms of learning. They'll regret this in the near future. My NatGeos and all my books (and I have many) aren't just worth their weight in gold. They are gold.