The Generous Jay

A repost from 2021, slightly edited.  We followed the truck for miles, from Hatch along NM-26 to NM-27. Every hundred yards or so we’d see a red chile on the road. Hatch, New Mexico is the chile capital of the world. Some loose pods in the back were blowing from the uncovered load, or so […]

A Noiseless Patient Spider, wrote Whitman

Whitman’s 19th century poem reads like this: A noiseless, patient spider, I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; Ever unreeling them — ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my Soul, where you stand, Surrounded, […]

Living Lint

Something she said or did inspired this. Dry humor, in old styling. With good reason, she calls me the spider whisperer. I always try collecting a spider gently in a tissue before letting them loose outside. It can be a challenge, with the fast ones or those simply trying to escape. They must suppose I […]

Musings from Long Ago–Hippies and Freaks

A repost from March, 2015 that no one noticed then. I never fully embraced the hippie life. I had more essential things to do with my life–protesting the war and trying to get an education post-Vietnam. The nuance between freaks and hippies escapes me now. Which countercultural group did I identify with more? Hmm, can’t say that […]

Snippets Cut from Cold Cloth

Mashups–Did them before; let’s do them again. (Mashups–a bit of this and that; often includes snippets from Waiting for Westmoreland [tenth edition] along with other memoir material, AND thoughts or perspectives on writing, thematic observations, etc.) Snippets cut from cold cloth. Allusions and associations. So Cold in China, a Leo Kottke song title. Cold Shot, […]

Odd Dream at Dawn

Woke too early, 4:30 am. Took a couple of Ibuprofen for achy hands. It helps me sleep, whether in pain or not. Awake again at 6:40, late for me; the sun usually gets me up as morning light comes in the east bedroom window. That would have been some minutes before six. What woke me […]

Quail Shuffle the Deck

Life in the Southwest. We live among the denizens who make sounds city folks, as we once were, don’t hear. A creative nonfiction. Yet it could as easily be part of a scene or setting in a bit of fiction in the right story. The quail broke from their brushy cover in a flutter of […]

WATWB for November 2021

Yes, this is supposed to be good news to take our minds off the bad. This is mostly true–neither good nor bad but with a tiny bit of fictional speculation that has a bit of good within.  We followed the truck for miles, from Hatch along NM-26 to NM-27. Every hundred yards or so we’d […]

WATWB for September

Just a week late for the last Friday of September, but here’s some good news for those who follow the We Are the World Blogfest.  From Goodnet.org comes this story of canine lifeguards. Yes, they rescue people in the water–off the coast of Italy. The canine lifeguards assisted in rescuing a group of 14 people […]