Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The desire for desires.

Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Happy 186th b-day

Friday, April 4, 2014


It doesn't matter so much, what you want at the time, what matters more, is how you are in time, you may even get close to what you think you want, and, if it's the right moment in time, you may even find the way to what you never expected to want.
So i thought.

Snow has been on the ground for about five months, and more's in the forecast tonight. Lake Michigan was over 90% frozen this winter,. any blue that looks like water was not in a liquid state as of this week Monday.


"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." --Albert Einstein

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Land of Ice and Snow

Parked on roadside at Pier Cove overlooking Lake Michigan.

Zoom in

The land drops off the other side of the almost buried by snow drifts fence; there is a public beach below, accessible by stairs in more clement weather, so what can be seen would all be open water but is now ice as far as one can see.

Couple more shots taken from the road on the dead end road to the north (private property).

Sunday, February 2, 2014


A small flock of birds fluttered up as we drove past in Saugatuck/Douglas on the road that leads to the beaches. Robins! What would they be doing here? Good question. My eyes could have played a trick. Arrived home, standing in the open garage, a large flock of birds flew by, 1, 2, 3...10, and landed in the front yard tree. Robins!

Longest, coldest, snowiest winter we've had in decades, Lake Michigan the most frozen over in 40 years, this is the earliest i've ever seen the robins come back, usually it's at the end of Feb., beginning of March. Even Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and the prediction is six more weeks of winter. Yeah, and if he doesn't, a month and a half more here in MI. The innerwebz tells me he's only correct 39% of the time though.

We'll go with the harbingers of Spring!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Shades of Cthulhu

The National Reconnaissance Office sent a spy satellite into orbit Thursday.

Logo from the original Batman series when The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman joined forces as the “United Underworld”.

An anti-communist propaganda logo (know your communist enemy).

I don't know what i think about this. I mean, i do know what i think, but it kinda stops my thinking process, ya know? Very Lovecraftian.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

No Sun Day

Yes, it was.

 A long curving wave is a comber, a wave that curls over and dissolves into foam is a breaker, and a long wave moving steadily is a roller.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What a difference a week makes

last week, someone was off into the wild blue yonder

yesterday there were gale warnings out until noon today, waves predicted 12 - 16 feet. i got to The Lake about noonish, so they had probably subsided somewhat, still
today, someone else was really off into the wild blue yonder

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Forest Fall

or dance

or sumthin

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Birthday to me

Where else than the ever changing Great Lake?

I was standing where the waves broke flat on shore when that roil at the middle left almost knocked me off my feet, and got my pants wet and sandy up to the knees. The Lake likes to play too:]

Went with Son #1, and then to dinner at Saugatuck Brewing, best walleye ever! Yesterday with Sis, received a bunch of flowers and lunch at China Inn, luv the bourbon chicken. Son #2 texted me this morning and called late afternoon (will see him sunday). Neighbor come over with card and homemade hand lotion.

Most of the day was happy, even sunshine in the morning after two days of rain. But, yeah there's always that but, got the results from my MRI today and my lumbar spine is all f'ed up (already have a fusion in the cervical spine). Earlier this year the doc referred me to a physical therapist, and we all kinda thought the operation on my right hallux was causing me to limp, and probably throwing off my gait. A few weeks ago while at the kazillion dune stairs beach i got some scary symptoms, and so finally went to a podiatrist, who found that joint fusion to be very good, but my left hallux needs the same operation, and he didn't think either big toe was causing my hip/back pain. He wondered why the doc hadn't ordered a hip x-ray. Good question. I asked the doc if he couldn't just put me in the hospital and turn me into a bionic woman. We have the technology! (dated reference, haha)

Ah yes, getting old, the warranties on all the parts have expired. Keep calm and hobble on.

Oh yeah, don't forget to keep your sense of humour.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Life Lines

Just another day at Oval Beach

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Meditation and Death

Allen Ginsberg: "Dying, I do that every time I sit down on my Zafree [a meditation pillow], abandon my mind, observe thought-form fading, and the gaps between thought-forms, and breathe out my preoccupations. At the moment, one ideal death would be sitting on a pillow with empty mind.”

-- from a 1977 essay on how men of letters imagined the end of life by George Plimpton

"...abandon my mind, observe thought-form fading, and the gaps between thought-forms, and breathe out my preoccupations."

yeah, 'cept i would like to do that nestled in a sand dune while seeing The lake and partly cloudy sky

Saturday, September 28, 2013

It Is Autumn

dune path on the right between beach grass

could be a summer day, except for the yelps i heard coming over the dune (water 57*)

sand castle

even Michigan gets it right sometimes