Thursday, July 30, 2015


We live in a pretty amazing place; at a pretty amazing time in history.
I think (for me at least) it can sometimes be overwhelming; and I occasionally lose faith in humanity... But there are times when it is good.
It's good to be reminded then... that even doing a tiny bit...
if lots of folks do a tiny bit... can add up to a lot of really good bits.
And that is how changes are made.

Last night was another "Music on the Square" event at our local courthouse square (sponsored by our local Rotary Club).
It wasn't an overwhelming crowd, but the ones that were there were enthusiastic...
and as I got home I could hear the final refrains of "God Bless America" as performed by the Twin Tiers Community Band (directed by Diane Smith)... and my mom singing that really high note at the end... (yes, even from this distance, her voice carries... or at least I can hear it).
Small town America, yes... but there is something to be said, and treasured.... about these wonderful little bits.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


waning light
hot summer night
full moon (almost) in sight
work to my left, work to my right
artist's delight

((see you all tomorrow; perhaps in proper daylight))

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


...just me
right here
right now
feeling small
but the view is nice ...

see you all tomorrow.

Monday, July 27, 2015


The selections at this past Friday's Potter County Farmer's Market were amazing.
And I must confess, I got probably more than we needed too... but it was all so delicious.

Today's "foodie" post is brought to you by my daughter.
I've been sick; and so she was gracious enough to put together a meal for us; that incorporated fresh elements from the farm market.

So what did she make? She made a dish that I have made many, many times over the years...
but added her own unique twist to it.
For her squash dish, she first made a big batch of basmati rice. We have a rice cooker, and most every single day, we make rice.
She made it plain this time (with no added spices) because she added spice to the dish later on.

Then she chopped up fresh summer (crookneck) squash and green zucchini squash and placed them in a saute pan with a little water, and slowly cooked them. She added fresh chopped onions (including some of the green tops). You could certainly add a little olive oil, and some garlic; but she chose not to this time. She then added some dehydrated mushrooms (we got a bag of these when we went to State College last time, and had stopped at an Asian Market)... that she had soaked overnight in a small bowl of water to re-hydrate them. After they were all nicely cooked a bit; she added a can of black eyed peas that she had rinsed well in a colander. She added salt and fresh ground black pepper, and a spiced/ herb vinegar she keeps in the fridge (which is her twist). The vinegar is a white vinegar that she added marjoram, dill, and rosemary to, and keeps on hand as a splash of tart flavor to add to her food. She also added Kikkoman soy sauce to hers, which is why I included it in the photos... but that is completely optional.

Mix it all together with the rice, and you have an easy, breezy, summer squash dish.
It is completely vegan... but you could also top it with some shredded cheese.
It would also pair nicely with a fresh fish from the grill.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

for the weekend

It's the weekend!
And tons! of things are going on... and I am hoping to not do much of anything but concentrate on getting better.
In light of this, I am trying to just "chill" and drink tea.... and watch movies... so today is sort of an abbreviated post.
Carry on! ... Hope all is well with you... and I will see you back here on Monday for my "foodie" post.

But in the meantime; here are some links I've gathered to share with you all:
*I know this girl
*artist Kimberly Heil
*artist Steve Spazuk and here.... and here
*this is awesome
*artist Chloe Giordano
*turmeric and cancer... an interesting link
*who knew?!
*changes in the farm world
*for the love of redheads
*who wouldn't want to live here
*Chuck Jones, and how he mastered his craft
*free fonts for the graphic designer in you
*be an agent of positive change

Friday, July 24, 2015


I feel like all I do sometimes is complain about not feeling well, and that is certainly not my intention.
It's hard sometimes, when you have a chronic illness, and every day is a "new adventure"...
and dependent, in many ways... on how you feel. And I don't want that to be the focus of my blog; or my daily writings...
but sometimes, it is what it is.Today is a bit rough.... and it has been for several weeks... but worse today for some reason...

So for today... I am playing good music... making lots of tea...
the daughter was awesome and went and got us some fresh treasures from the local farm market...
(so I am stuffing myself with artisan bread and freshly picked berries) ...and if I can, I hope to work in the studio a bit.
Perhaps a good book will be on tap for later.
See  you all tomorrow for my weekend post.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


This past weekend I was able to take some photos of the oncoming storm... and it was awesome.
Right prior to taking these photos... the rain had started just coming down in sheets...
and then, just as suddenly, it all stopped and cleared up again.
It's all quite amazing, really...

So today, while working in the studio... I plan on opening all the doors that I can...
Perhaps a little cloud watching... is in order.
See you all tomorrow.