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Looking carefully here you can see a flowerbed border of stone rabbits. It is a whimsical touch at this restored mansion I walked by yesterday that made me smile. The blue sky made me smile too,...


So I have been thinking about writing a poem about talking to each other in the kitchen but I haven’t had time to actually work on it and I am trying to figure out what I want to say with it. Jus...


This is a new photograph of a particular camellia bush that I have photographed every year about this time for about 5 years. It is a harbinger of warmth and color and light in the wet deep dark...


Ah, the drama of an urban winter. We are seeing early camellias in bloom and I saw some daffodil shoots yesterday as well. I had my MRI yesterday morning. It really is a bit like being trapped ...


January 06, 2019

More Energy Would Be Nice

This is from our hike yesterday morning, an old carriage barn. It was hard to get a centered perspective because there was this giant black truck parked in front of it. It was a rare dry winter ...


January 05, 2019

No Really, I Heard That!

Cut back winter grasses with frost on New Year’s morning across the street at the Under Armor campus. So last week it was the appointment with the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and the referral ...


January 01, 2019

Pete Seeger to the Rescue

Happy New Year! This is a shot of one of four heritage Hawthorns (Lavalle hawthorn Crataegus x lavallei) in front of my church. It is not a native tree but very pretty, with white flowers in the...


December 28, 2018

I (Almost) Heard That

Carlo on Christmas morning. The gray throw was supposed to be a gift for me. We know how that worked out. There were fresh organic oranges in my Imperfect box on Monday so I had fresh squeezed ...


In an exchange of texts on Friday night Mrs. Sherlock asked if I wanted to hike up to Pittock Mansion instead of doing the default river loop walk we often do on Saturday mornings. I was to mee...


We made it to the solstice! A bit of a bumpy ride for the world but we made it. For those of you who have light and lots of it, may it not be too much of a sweaty burden and for those of us in ...


December 18, 2018

Kicked Out of the Nest

You know you take the good with the not so good, the beautiful and pleasing with the not so beautiful and pleasing. This is an old traffic structure in my neighborhood a couple of days ago and ...


Yesterday afternoon after teaching my work class I clocked out, came home and with perfect timing Kes and Most Honorable (my sister and Brother-in-Law and Love) appeared at my door. I had spent...


December 09, 2018

Why Bother?

It has been an unusually quiet weekend for me. In spite of a bunch of chores and holiday prep to do Friday after work I turned in early thinking I would get up and go to the gym and walk with Mr...


December 06, 2018

Cold Yoga? A Thing?

This is a shot from this time last year of one of the heritage trees we visited on our walk last weekend. It has been a bit of a challenge to get interesting pictures out and about right now as ...


December 02, 2018

Pretty or Tasty Orange Things

It may be a little less than three weeks until the solstice but it sure looks (and feels) a lot like winter out there. Yesterday we mostly walked Frida through a residential neighborhood that ha...


I took this a couple of days ago and put it up as my cover shot on Facebook. I like it because of the way the light hits the leaves and the fact that those leaves are not totally sodden. Last ye...


November 25, 2018

On Canning Labels and Aging

Yesterday morning we had heavy heavy fog. That darker gray blob there in the river is a great blue heron standing on the tip of a floating log. The picture doesn’t do the scene justice but at le...


November 23, 2018

Just the Thing

Today is one of those transitional days between fall and winter. As you can see above it was a wet one. After the driest November on record here in Oregon. I took this in Salem, about an hour s...


November 19, 2018

Gratitude, Oh Yes

It was windy, it was cold but man was it beautiful here yesterday. We went walking south of Portland in mostly reclaimed farmlands in an area with expensive homes and some really nice parkland. ...


November 17, 2018

Incrementally Making My Way

There were some technical issues with our annual work upgrade and in spite of a major effort to contain the work to last night… it leaked over into today but it is done!!! This is my 11th of the...


Tomorrow is the 4th anniversary of the day Carlo and Diego came to live here. I can’t believe it has been 4 years! The cats are certainly acclimated and are currently curled up together sleeping...


November 11, 2018

Entitlement and Heartbreak

A clear (ish) crisp fall day here in the Pacific Northwest. If you look carefully in the distance in this photo you can see Mt. Hood. I have been looking for an opportunity to get a walk in back...


November 09, 2018

Getting Out the Damn Door

I got my reimaged work computer back today. It took me over an hour trying various things to figure out how to get one of my screens to function properly. The fact that I move between docking st...


November 06, 2018

A Malicious Distraction

This messy busy picture is of the street my apartment faces on a weekday full of cars of working people trying to avoid the high fees to park at the local garages. Without a resident sticker (th...


This is the main street a few days ago in the part of my neighborhood that was “redeveloped”. All the businesses and house were torn down, all the rich history of a diverse immigrant community ...


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