Art Journal Secret No. 1

I’ll get to the Big Secret  in a minute. First, a little Long Island lore. I’m still a new-comer to Long Island, having lived here for only five and a half years now. And for three of those years, I was in my room writing a book about living some place else (my Wanderers book). [...]

Pick up that art journal!

When I decided to write the book that became When Wanderers Cease to Roam, I had to decide how I was going to write it. So I thought back to my favorite reading experience. And to be honest, my favorite reading experience wasn’t War and Peace. It wasn’t Jane Eyre. It wasn’t Catcher in the [...]

The view from here

 

You might recognize these images. These are the famous Katsushika Hokusai woodblock prints made in 1823, part of a series he called 36 Views of Mount Fuji.  These views were a huge hit in Japan…so huge that when Hokusai was 74 years old and broke, he printed another series of woodblock prints called 100 Views [...]

Tea bag, Mail bag, In The Bag.

(abpve: Clarinda’s Tea Room on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, January 2006)

I have a lot to answer for. By which I mean your Comments and My Big Mouth.

I should really think before I type. Especially when I type stuff like “I hate fiction“  (see: “Wish You Were Here”, Feb. 8 post). Barbara  (at http://banardesigns.blogspot.com) reminded me [...]

Bubbly

There was a MONSTER snow storm heading for Long Island on Tuesday night.  So I put a bottle of champagne out in the backyard. For the obvious reasons:

(Wednesday morning): …because there is nothing like Eastern Seaboard Blizzard-chilled champagne on a SNOW DAY.

It snowed all day Wednesday and, judging by my Champagne-O-Meter, we got about a foot of [...]

Wish you were here.

One of the brilliant readers of this blog recommended a book to me — a *gasp* NOVEL.  And I READ it. You all know how I like to keep about 100 yards between me and any work of fiction? Because I hate the stuff?  Well, this novel wasn’t all that bad. It was about a novel [...]

Who Dat

It was December 2, 2007 in the Super Dome in New Orleans. Top Cat was taking me to the first professional football game I’ve ever seen in person: the Saints v. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As a nation, we all have ugly memories of The Super Dome during the Hurricane Katrina . It says a lot [...]

Help!

Our servant enabler nice lady dat we lives here wid is taking a day off. People-talk iz not our native langwhich.  What means:

AHHHHHHHHH!  I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU GODDAM CATS!!!!

Iz not our fault dat lady leaf watercolor painting to dry on desk where we like to throw up on.

Iz not our fault dat lady haf [...]

Some things never change.

I saw the movie Avatar last night. In a word: WOW.

I loved the visual lushness of the alien planet (but I have no idea why the two main characters fell in love — that Sully guy was such a drip) and I am 100% in favor of the tree hugging message of the film.

But one [...]