Nature Is The Ultimate Artist

A storm blew into California.  A big storm. There haven’t been many this year.  It’s been dry with lots of wind and little rain.  I decided it was time to venture back out to the desert for a few days, alone, to photograph that weather.  There is nothing like watching a storm in the desert. …

Trees and Bees Make It Better

I had to have some trees removed from my yard recently.  Last weekend, in fact.  Birch trees.  They had a disease. The birch trees had actually been sick for a long time, but I didn’t want to face it.  Each year my gardener or the tree man would come out and cut a little bit …

The Joy of Japanese Anemones

Once you plant them, they are with you always. Every summer their leaves come out and then the stems come up, tall and slender and elastic.  And just like clockwork the first blossom pops open near the end of August. Throughout September the stems get longer with more and more buds and luminescent, white flowers. …

Where Secrets Live

There’s a place where secrets live. They float.  In the sky. Like thoughts.  In the mind. They hide.  In storms. In lightning.  And thunder. In wind.  And rain. In rays.  Through clouds. At dawn.  At dusk. Or deep – At midnight. They’re yours.  Alone. Not shared.  Not ever. These are not the kinds of secrets …

Graduating Into The Open Ocean Of Life

  It’s that time of year when college students graduate into the open ocean of life.  That big sea of uncertainties, what-if’s, how’s, why’s and what-do-I-do-now’s?… Young women and men who have been in college for several years and that day comes when they are finished.  It’s over.  Done.  They do the walk, shake the …

The College Cheating Scandal And Why It’s So Tragic

A parent’s job, as I see it, is to love and support their children, encourage them along their chosen path and not tell them what they should do, but rather, help guide them, and to teach them right from wrong so they can lead ethical, successful lives. My youngest son attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, …

Good Luck

Visitors to Harvard University rubbing the foot of the John Harvard statue for good luck Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts

Just Outside The Fence

When disaster strikes and it’s all over the news, the media is inescapable, pushing everything at us.  The news tells us about floods, super Arctic freezes and blasting Nor’easters, tornadoes and avalanches.  Naturally it’s assumed that the entire world knew about the horrendous fires that burned California last year, and in particular the Woolsey Fire, …