Tuesday, October 29, 2013

You can't beat it, but you can try attempt to understand it

I don't know why I haven't seen the Johnny Cash Hurt video until today. Listened to it this morning and cried. Not because it's sad, but because it's so beautiful. A man coming to peace or at least some understanding about his life. It's over. He couldn't live forever. He couldn't beat the universe or himself. But he understood it. Is there any more that any of use can do?

Saturday, September 13, 2008


It's been a while since I have posted some pictures of the girls, so . . .

Molly on the speedboat.
Loving sisters.

Ella explores on the climber.

The girls swing.

The girls wash dishes.

The obligatory "baby eats pasta and makes a big mess" photo.

Ella is pulling up on furniture now.

This is the biggest flag I have ever seen. We found it at Civic Fest, an event in Minneapolis held when the RNC came to town.

Ella gets a ride!

Lori and Molly swimming by "the wheel."

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I can't draw

This is supposed to be me, but I don't think it looks like me.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Words jumbled deep inside me
Want to get out but they're so cramped --
They're tangled in with each other.
When one tries to move, several others
Pull back with their snarled, collective weight.

Even if they could free themselves
It's a slim chance they'd find
the right audience.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Ella . . .

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ella Quinn

Born October 23 at 2:54 am.
8 pounds, 20-1/2 inches.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


I've been going through a bit of a "thing" recently with spiders. It started at the lake a couple of weeks ago. I was clearing the spiders off the the canoe so Lori and I could go for a ride. I thought I had done a pretty good job. Then I looked down at one of the dock posts and noticed a spider -- about an inch in diameter including the legs. I took the canoe paddle in my hand to smash it against the post. As I did, I perceived that the spider jumped with alarming speed directly on to my left breast which caused me to


I ripped my shirt off and did a little dance that I'm sure intrigued the neighbors. What I came to realize was that the spider did not jump, rather it EXPLODED onto me. Witness the 1-1/2 inch splatter on my shirt:

Well this just gave me the willies. I went for a short kayak ride (too freaked to get in the canoe). After being nettled by smaller spiders, I shortened my trip.

When I got back to the dock, I looked down and discovered that I had a second, equally large splatter on my swimsuit that I had failed to notice before. Aaaaiiieeee!!!! I freaked out all over again (but left my swimsuit on). I had just been carrying that thing around with me the whole time!

The willies returned. I itched and brushed at myself for hours after that.

There have been several, less dramatic encounters over the last weeks, but mostly the story of big bertha follows me wherever I go.

But now, just sitting here in my office -- in my office -- this:

See that spot in the middle? Yep, it's a spider. And it's not on the wall, either, but dangling in mid air like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. And it is just hanging there between my desk chair and the door to my office, blocking my only way out.

I will gird my loins.

I will do what has to be done.

I feel a bad case of the willies coming on.