Star Maker

The Star Maker

One night when I had tasted bitterness I went out onto the hill.  Dark heather checked my feet.  Below marched the suburban street lamps.  Windows, their curtains drawn, were shut eyes, inwardly watching the lives of dreams.  Beyond...

Blue Spruce Bonsai

Here is my blue spruce – rescued from a dumpster – maybe 30 years old     2012   2014 after a pretty good trim   2014   2015 – looking a little sparse but coming along!


Most interesting man in the world

That’s Peter Freuchen and his wife Dagmar Freuchen-Gale, in a photo taken by Irving Penn. Freuchen is a top candidate for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Standing six feet seven inches, Freuchen was an arctic explorer,...


Welcome Christmas – bring your cheer!

Christmas is close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it is the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness; the old year is preparing, like an ancient philosopher, to call his friends around him, and amidst the sound of feasting...


The Outsider Colin Wilson Passes

British writer and philosopher Colin Wilson and one of my favorite authors in my, umm,  formative years, passed over the weekend.  Back in those days, I was much given to exploring physic phenomena, mysticism and the unknown and Colin...

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Infernal Schemes – In which Mr. Dowler meets the Iron Lady

Fiendish Schemes, J.W. Jeter Wonderful and delightfully well-written steam punk novel, which envisions an alternative past of steam power instead of internal combustion. Steam robots abound, fiendish schemes, sentient oceans which move where they want, walking, steam-powered lighthouses...