Out With Venn Diagrams, In With the Whirling Dervish (and Steampunk)

This is going to be a bit of stream of consciousness writing… the whirling dervish in my brain is wreaking havoc with my Venn diagrams and I am a bit incoherent.  Lots of photos then!  But first, I have to mention, Diana has a fun book giveaway going on at Oh! Books…Paper…Real life.  Diana went … More Out With Venn Diagrams, In With the Whirling Dervish (and Steampunk)

The New Look

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) on writing: When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint; Don’t state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.


The snow has almost disappeared.  And look what I spotted today!  There is an end to the eternal in-between time; the end of winter and beginning of spring.  The streets are mucky and gray, the ground is too wet to walk on, and garbage appears from under piles of melting snow.  As I walked the … More Transitions…..

Am I Blue?

Ella Fitzgerald – Am I Blue? No, I’m not blue!  But once in a blue moon only comes…. once in a blue moon! Happy New Year everyone, with my wishes to you for health and happiness, all of your hard work rewarded, dreams fulfilled, and peace everywhere.  It has been such a pleasure getting to … More Am I Blue?

Along came a spider…. and a toad….and a tree…

Mother Nature, queen of all she sees… Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus Not dangerous; the dogs found it clinging to the side of the house yesterday afternoon.  So that’s what’s been spinning all those webs on the porch rails!  Its bulbous body was approximately 18 mm across – HUGE. Bufo Americanus? We were walking along the … More Along came a spider…. and a toad….and a tree…

Bali – and people

There is one more Bali post in the wings, but life has interfered with my blog time!  Thanks to encouragement from Linda Shoreacres, I am posting pictures today.  Thanks Linda.  You made my day!! This trip to Bali was about a lot of things for me.  Spending time alone, reading, meeting people, taking photos, writing.  … More Bali – and people

Bali – 9

Padangbai.  The Indian Ocean.  Not the surfer’s paradise on the west coast, but the diver’s paradise on the east coast.  Japanese, Dutch, Australian – the latter, big with blond hair and sun reddened skin, out for drinks after a day of diving.  And me, escaping the jungle and the insects and the lizards and the … More Bali – 9

bali – 8

There is a long, dense line of volcanoes running through Indonesia, and Bali has its fair share – two live volcanoes on this 2,000 square miles island. We left home around 10 am and drove north through Kintimani, down into the crater created long, long ago by Gunung Batur (5633 feet), an active volcano that … More bali – 8

Bali – 6

My friend the tree frog that lives in the kitchen light fixture I didn’t drink any tea after dinner last night, so I didn’t have to worry about snakes and lizards and things that go bump in the dark when I walk downstairs to the bathroom at 3 am!  I plan to be just as … More Bali – 6