Monday, June 22, 2009

Restoration Projects

Q. What is your job title there?
A. They call it restorative. It has to do with patients who are being rehabilitated back after having strokes or some type of injury to the neck or the arms.
Q. Is there anything else that you do there besides assisting with the --
A. Sometimes I take them out and smoke them, because of the attitudes they have, you have to keep a log of that also.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice (Woo-Hoo!)

At last. We celebrated Jojo's graduation/summer solstice last night and had a grand time with many, many friends. Even the weather cooperated. I only stayed awake until 12:30 or so, so I'm not sure if there was much running around naked and rolling in the hay. Best not to know. We had so much fun I think we'll do this again next year on summer solstice, minus the graduation cake and plus more friends! You're invited.

Turning the page to summer proper, a new The Dirty Napkin is out, where Sarah and I each have a poem. I've been enjoying Sarah's poetry for quite some time now, so mosey on over there and check us out! Sarah is wonderfully intuitive with Emergency Substitutions.

As for me, I've got to down some more coffee and clean up this mess.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Naoko has a poem up at Pebble Lake Review, where you can also find four poems by Franz Wright. Talk about keeping good company. Jeez, Naoko!! Congrats!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Closing in on Summer

A few more days and the two-month long house emptying will come to a pause. It's not finished by a long shot, but I'm satisfied that we can party on Midsummer's Eve with the serenity of having really taken spring cleaning seriously. My god, I can walk through the garage!! Let the cooking begin!

On a side note, Clusterflock led me to photographer Claire Martin's site. Enjoy.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Side Jobs

Q. Is there anything that you told me before that you know to be incorrect?

A. I was in a rock band, I got my girlfriend pregnant and I quit when, in fact, she was already -- actually she was cheating on her husband with me. That's what happened there.

Q. Is there any other part of your testimony that you feel needs to be corrected?

A. I mean, I've had a myriad of different jobs that weren't woodworking-related, you know, throughout that, you know, that musical band period when I wasn't working as a musician. There was one time where I was a worm farmer, which is one job you don't want -- worse job than a worm farmer, that's a worm rustler, because you have to stoop and they were on the other side. It's a long story.

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Lots of life is gathering with literally no time to write. I'm resigned to wait, knowing come fall the house will be empty, the gardens won't need me, and I'll have more time than I know what to do with.

In the meantime:

My grandmother is wrapping up her final couple of days on earth. Years ago when she lived with us, she surreptiously snuck in dozens of flowers into my flower beds. She always was one to finagle her way. She's mostly comatose now, but Jojo visited and played some uke tunes for her last night. Safe passage, Gram.

We finished the firepit for Jojo's grad party last weekend and gave it a test run. I think it's pretty good to go. The grass surrounding it probably won't be growing too well by then, though.

I'm working on a 3000-page double homicide -- good stuff -- along with a ton of other work. I guess the trip to CA will be plenty paid for.

I dreamed of two owls last night, a brown one and a black one, both sitting on the road.

A black squirrel came to our birdfeeder yesterday and a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Unusual day. I've never seen the black squirrel in our neighborhood before. It was a young one with a glossy coat and tinges of red in its tail.

And that's the news.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009