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We’ll see if this works. The picture came through sized small and I don’t know why. I took this on a local walk a few days ago. The chair is no longer there. This morning walking down to the cli...


This is yesterday’s view of a crepe myrtle in bloom in my neighborhood. Mrs. Sherlock, back from her mountain retreat, met me at the gym with Frida this morning and we did our more traditional w...


Title: This time last year Most Honorable came up for the day and we went hiking on the local trails back up behind where I live. We stumbled, vaguely lost upon this house. There was a totem po...


: It is Saint Joe’s 30th birthday and he took the day off to go on an adventure in Southern Oregon. Whatever his family has planned he needs to avoid injury. Those were my rules. He thought the...


These late roses are such a delight and as we head towards the equinox the light is so much more enchanting than that harsh early summer light. I wish we had more dahlias in the neighborhood. On...


Just in case there was any doubt about the season…fall is moving in swiftly. I have taken a number of pictures of the crepe myrtles this last week but can’t seem to get the light right. I have ...


I took this shot in late April because of the light on the far tree(s), the ones that look yellow here. There are three of them, august and old on the Portland State University campus that I wal...


Senator John McCain said that about a policy that allows torture. This is the sunrise from “the hill” behind where I live. The camera and the eye don’t experience color the same and to my eye t...


This is a writing prompt I came up with to share with a poet friend, who feels as I do, that we are not working on the craft of writing enough, particularly the difficult parts of writing. The id...


August 24, 2018

Not Spinning in Everyday Ramblings

Finally after a whole week of hazardous air warnings we are getting some wind and yesterday although it did not rain, it was quite humid and the leaden skies brought some relief late. They have ...


So yesterday I had a basic self-care extravaganza. I started out on the track just after sunrise. It was mild and a mix of sun and clouds and haze. Not since all these appointments and the broke...


You can see the haze and the glare here in the oh so smoky air. I took this yesterday morning. It is a tiny bit clearer this morning. A few weeks ago when I was walking early in the day to the ...


So not the best picture but you get a feel for the tree and the sweet peas lately at the halfway point in my regular walk around the neighborhood. Today the air quality is bad here so walking o...


…a delayed front garden in the neighborhood. Each year this family leaves the garden until late in the season and then over a couple of weeks they put in a bunch of effort and get the tomatoes a...


A new addition to the neighborhood and I have no idea what it is but it is lovely. Like a kimono hem, the colored edge of the flowers is a sweet accent. After a whole month with no rain, it is ...


…my exercise capacity, according to the results of my stress echo test. That is much better than being told by a young doctor a few years back that a woman my age probably has arthritis. I do h...


This morning on the way home from my stress echocardiogram. It is totally cool that if I need to have these tests that I can have them at a place that is within walking distance… and that I am h...


I took this shot from a local favorite front garden early yesterday on my way to yoga class; a different class for me because I skipped class on Thursday to rest my foot and baby my banged up to...


We had such a beautiful mild day today it was a joy, a cool morning and a warm sunny afternoon. Not hot but comfortable sandal weather. And boy am I glad it is sandal weather because on Wednesda...


Quintessential Portland July, dry and full of glare. It is still pretty green out there but drying fast. I was able to meet up with Mrs. Sherlock for the first time all week and we hiked on Sun...


This is the area in Mrs. Sherlock’s garden next to her capacious chicken coop. The garden didn’t get as much attention as usual with her husband’s illness but she is getting back to focusing on ...


I took this on the morning of the 4th of July thinking, picnic table, holiday here in the United States, will post later but it didn’t happen. Still I love walking by this little pocket park and...


This is from my morning walk today. It was our busiest day of the year at work yesterday and I put in a fair amount of overtime this week as well as teaching my three classes and going to a clas...


As we move into full on summer the flowers are harder to find. I did see some hollyhocks yesterday when I was wandering around but they were not easily photographable. So we will go with variati...


Lest we forget in our thoroughly justified outrage about the separation of families seeking asylum about our housing crisis, broken health care system and opioid problems here in the most prospe...


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