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Monday, July 28, 2008


I worked on this old painting of circus horses ... they were blue with a rather violent orange. I am learning to work with greyed tones, FINALLY! I guess it takes me a long time to learn one simple idea, but I work my way into it very gradually.

A Gully Washer

Hello Dolly! Thank you for the much-needed rain. This was last week, but I found the image and had to blog it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On the Dirty Side

It has been really dry around here lately, so being on the "dirty side" of Hurricane Dolly is bringing a lot of rain to us. We are far enough north to have mild effects. Early this morning, a lightning storm passed by us. According to my 1,000-2,000 count, the closest point the lightning got to us was three miles away. The lightning was fierce even from that distance.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


See Keith Barry do brain magic on TED.

Found Photo

I found this image in my iPhone. I believe Jasmine took this pic of herself the day they came to visit.

Friday, July 18, 2008

What Is This Body of Water?

You may see it as a water meadow, a scummy pond, a bayou, or a drainage ditch. These definitions are all correct, but no matter what you call it, or what I call it, it has its own truth, and that is not really known to us except superficially. It has its life, its mysteries, and its future.

OK I know this is a weird segue, but ... I have my beliefs, opinions, views, and I will vote the way I see fit in the coming presidential election in the USA. I believe it is a good thing we have a secret ballot, and I do not want to declare for one candidate or another because we all have a right to our views, and I do not want to argue with anyone about it.

I lead my life the way I believe a life is best led in my personal situation. You may or may not do the things I do, such as recycle, try to limit or eliminate poisons from my household, and many other things, but I am not interested in imposing my views upon you, and I certainly do not want your views and way of life imposed upon me.

In yoga class on Monday, one of the students was quite enthusiastic about one of the candidates, and when no one disagreed, the teacher asked if there was anyone for the other main candidate, and one woman courageously spoke up. She was a minority of one, in our group of ten. She is a very nice person, new in the class. Luckily, no one criticized her choice of candidates, but outside yoga class, she might receive some scornful remarks from the other side. It is a contentious election.

I said I was neutral and did not care who won. That is actually true, because I will continue to live in my own way no matter who is elected president. It is no one's business how I will vote, and I will do my best to keep my mouth shut about it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Karma On Its Head

Ever since my son Steve died I have, of course, thought about him a lot, and at times I feel he speaks to me. Whether this is his voice or my own thoughts I do not know or care. At first a lot of the conversations were about his year and a half of suffering, and I was terribly sad.
I also regretted the fact that I was unable to be a the kind of parent I wanted to be. Just recently, I found myself talking to him about exactly that, and I heard him say, "Don't worry, we will be together again and we will have a different sort of relationship." Now, this agrees with my belief system, but I had never thought about it in quite that way.
Usually when we speak of karma it is about retribution. In a sense, that is what I thought would be; I would somehow make up to him for my lacks as a parent. But truly this was a different slant on things.
I realized that there is all the time in the world to be with the ones we love. We will meet again and again, and when we make mistakes, it is never too late to talk things over, to understand, to reach out again to one another. Death only appears to end a relationship. On the very deepest level, we have one another forever.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Mister Toad!

Ah, the open road! Well not quite ... this is part of my route to yoga class. I am dedicated to Iyengar Yoga and that dedication requires that I drive into the middle of Houston to attend my classes. On Fridays, the class starts at 10AM, which means I must leave by 9AM at the earliest, or face the possibility of being late. The normal drive is about 30-40 minutes.

Morning Sky

I got up early this morning (yes, before 6AM) to walk Bear and found the sky luscious, and for a time it was delightfully cool. At the end of 45 minutes, though, sweat was pouring off my face and I gladly entered the dim cool house (all the blinds are drawn to keep the heat at bay). It was only 76 degrees Farenheit, but the humidity was through the roof.

Bye bye now!

Wave bye bye to the nasty old lemon computer ... shhhhh don't let it hear you say that!

Home is the Hunter ...

Kirk is informing me that he will be returning to high school in the fall. I am glad to hear it. His summer of adventure seems to have been worthwhile.

Uh, NO ...

Leila has just been informed that she may not have an "energy drink".

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Central Texas

I saw this wildlife rescue sanctuary featured on Animal Planet today, involved in rehabilitating a pair of starving bobcat kits. The ten-minute video on YouTube is worth seeing for its stories of how this woman began the sancturary in the first place.

People do a lot of stupid things with and to animals, but some, a wonderful brave few, help these animals to live better lives and recover from their terrible experiences, and in many cases, return to the wild.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Girlz

I heard a lot about Emo the past day and a half, and after doing a little googling, I see it is punk mixed with goth mixed with attitude .... plus depression.
My granddaughters were making fun of emo people, while adopting some of the look for themselves. I was upset when I heard that some of the emos are cutters. These are seriously depressed people who nick themselves to relieve their anxiety and sadness.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Day One ....

The very first day I began using this computer, yesterday, the screen froze twice, necessitating the use of the Task Manager to unlock it. Then I attempted to back up my files, and that failed, giving me the error message the the request was aborted (0x800-404D3). I had not hovered over it watching it every second that time (I am tired of doing that while it performs every ordinary function, so I went to the kitchen [more fool I]). Then I tried again later, watching for 45 minutes while it claimed to be writing to the DVD, then watched the previously green bar turn bright red, at which time it gave me the message that the backup had failed due to an I/O device failure. This is a BRAND-NEW computer, speciallly built for gaming. How can ordinary functions be failing on DAY ONE?

Then this morning I booted up the computer and found the message above, which states that Windows Explorer stopped functioning and was shut down. I guess this happened while the computer was shutting down for the night.

Are these enough problems for the FIRST DAY? I am so discouraged I cannot even tell you.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Just Add Water ...

This is my current screen. The new computer is online, and I am online ... it has been a long road a-winding. Some things are different; I put on a new Nature Conservancy background to symbolize this new incarnation.

I have not installed Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, neither of which I use much; I have not installed Fraps, which I hardly used, nor have I put the other online worlds into this hard drive (there, Twinity, Endless Forest, Release Candidate for Second Life). I am erring on the side of caution (first time for everything, eh?). I am trying to simplify my computer's environment, to limit opportunities for *EEEP* errors.