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One meeting, one moment

Beltane                                                                                    Sumi-e Moon My presentation on time falls under the sumi-e moon and I plan to use sumi-e. I’m taking my brushes, ink, ink stones, red ink pad, Kraft paper, and rice paper. As well as my hourglasses. I will do Shakespeare’s soliloquy from Macbeth as a counter point. Each person will first practice an […]

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The Tao

Beltane                                                                               Mountain Moon Black Mountain sits, stoic and massive. No Pele here on Shadow Mountain either though not far away, less than 600 miles, is the supervolcano at Yellowstone. Does Pele feel these others, all these others? Stromboli? Mt. Etna? Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano? Mt. Pinatubo? All those seamounts like Lo’ihi? Are there other Pele’s […]

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T’ao Ch’ien

Beltane Ninth Day, Ninth Month T’ao Ch’ien, (365-427 A.C.E.) Slowly autumn comes to an end. Painfully cold a dawn wind thicks the dew. Grass round here will not be green again, Trees and leaves are already suffering. The clear air is drained and purified And the high white sky’s a mystery. Nothing’s left of the […]

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Bored

Spring                                                                                   Mountain Moon Yesterday found me getting this done, that done, the next thing done. Even found an electrician to come install a ceiling fan in the bedroom. This last one is a feat close to finding a rainbow unicorn. By 11 am I’d accomplished more than I usually do in a day. Not sure […]

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Absence makes the heart grow wiser

Spring                                                                            Mountain Moon Yes, it arrived. The bad Samsung got hauled away ignominiously with nary a tear of loss or grief. The new Kitchenaid now glares from its Cylon lens, hunting for dirty dishes, pots and pans that need a wash. This morning I walked past it and a single word glowed on the small […]

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D-Day

Spring                                                                    Mountain Moon Today is D-Day on Shadow Mountain. Dishwasher Day, that is. Sometime between 8 and 12, the cliched “window”, Best Buy, yes, that old home town favorite, will deliver and install our new Kitchen Aid dishwasher. After five weeks plus of hand washing dishes (the horror!) we’ll go back to the way dishes […]

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See

Spring                                                                            Mountain Moon Slate sky behind snow loaded lodgepole pines, Scraping blades scritch, push, push, push While more white falls, softening the edges. Our house has a white roof, like me. Find myself leaning into a favorite phrase of Bill Schmidt’s, “See what you’re looking at.” It’s a mantra now as I drive in the […]

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Rivers and Mountains, Bees and Kate

Spring                                                            Mountain Moon So my mind is filling with rocks, pines, mountain streams, magpies and mountain lions; a sign that the mountain theme has begun to take hold. I plan to spend this spring and summer sketching and photographing rock formations, mountains, summits, animals, water, trees and other plants, then interpreting them with sumi-e. I’m […]

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Gabe and Kate

Spring                                                                        Mountain (New) Moon Gabe is now portless. The port through which he received his infusions of clotting factor, essentially a plastic plug set into his upper left chest, is gone. He’s had one for eight years, 80% of his young life. I asked him if he missed it. “Sort of.” The port was the […]

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Old Man of the Mountain

Spring                                                                              Mountain (New) Moon Today the new shoulder moon sets. Since I name the moons each month, either using a traditional name or one I’ve created, I sometimes use them to remind me of something over the course of the month. Without melancholy this time I’ve come to an additional revelation, a sudden insight into […]

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