August 2020 To humans, these tide pools are rocks, pebbles, and puddles of water. But to the little critters than inhabit them, they are mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes. However, the sky above looks the same from either perspective. People can look at the world and see different things. They tell two different storiesContinue reading “A City of Two Tales”
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Watercolor Lesson #3 ~ Charles Evans “Wooden ships on the water, very free and easy, Easy, you know the way it’s supposed to be, Silver people on the shoreline, let us be, Talkin’ ’bout very free and easy… Go, take your sister then, by the hand, Lead her away from this foreign land, Far away,Continue reading ““Wooden Ships””
Lunada Restaurant, Cayucos. June Bear noticed two gentlemen wearing the same shirt. Curious. Asked if (1) there was a story behind the twin outfits (there was!) and (2) would they mind sharing their story with a stranger (they were happy to.) It turns our that the gentlemen are friends from college who have not seenContinue reading “Great Minds”
November 2022 Note to self: Everyone has a plan for your life.
Happy Birthday, February!
To Everyone Born in February May you always have a safe haven. “Our freedom to say or write whatever we please in this country is holy to me. And it is not something somebody gave us. It is a thing we gave ourselves.” Kurt Vonnegut
Throne of Games
June 2022 This is the state capitol building in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is similar in appearance to other state capitols – even the national capitol building in Washington, D. C. I think capitol buildings are also similar in content, by what goes on inside. When I look at a building like this, IContinue reading “Throne of Games”
Watercolor Lesson #3 ~ Lesley Linley “So I’m packing my bags for the Misty Mountains, where the spirits go now, Over the hills where the spirits fly.” Led Zepelin
November 2022 Note to self: I think it’s better to be tossed in your own sea – however turbulent – than secured to someone else’s anchor, no matter how safe.
Happy Birthday, January!
To Everyone Born in January May you always have a NO handy in case of emergency. “Complicated rules to adjust behavior are a weak substitute for simple principles.” Mary Wollstonecraft
Being Purple. It’s not easy being purple in a red and blue world. In a black and white world, it’s not easy being a shade of grey. There are maybes in a world of yes or no; there are sometimes in a world of always or never. And can be harder to find than or,Continue reading “Purple Bear”