Category Archives: Ompholos

Musings and Philosophy

Writing in 2020– Weight or Fuel?

At every moment of suffocation since this started, it’s been art received and art made–words and music–that has saved me. Continue reading

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When I Die, Please Send Flowers

The world does not need more practicality, more measured decisions, and sterile good sense like “in lieu of flowers.” The world needs beauty in all it’s extravagance. I just finished reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential. For a lot of the book, I … Continue reading

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My October Frame of Mind…

…is too often characterized by denial. If it snows this week, it’s going to catch me by surprise. I will not have gotten around to buying tights yet (other than the ones I’m wearing for Halloween, of course). In addition … Continue reading

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Harvests: Celtic and Otherwise

Celtic Harvest Festival Edgewater: Dancing beneath the blue night, rainbow lights shimmering across Steve’s kit, and the rain’s breath still hanging in the air, summer died. It was a palpable moment; the warm season pulled like the stitching holding the … Continue reading

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Cali Wrap Up

A slow winding Saturday from San Francisco to Napa  made for a hard drive south  Sunday.  We spent a lot of time on the 101 and 5, only taking the  1 on the final leg into San Diego. We never … Continue reading

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California Road Trip Post Two

We took the 101 too far and had to drop down 23 and backtrack to see Malibu. Starved for breakfast, we despaired finding anything because, apparently, in the land of the Barbies no one eats. Then we stumbled on Lilly’s … Continue reading

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California Road Trip Post One

Wednesday Leaving Denver: Beware of hand sanitizer— and “some lotions.” The glycerine in them can transfer to your camera bag. If you’re random screened it’ll show up as bomb making components and lead to a public “pat down” which is … Continue reading

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Hurt

Beginning near the end: Angus Mohr is rocking their way to the end of, “Long Way to the Top.” Paul’s already warned us that this is the last song. It’s after six, the band’s been playing since two with only … Continue reading

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Love That Durty Water

No, Boston’s not my home, but it wasn’t Ed Cobb’s either, and he wrote the song. Two years ago I spent a fairly epic six hours in the city. From the wharf jumping Merrow men, to the Denver hatin’ Cincinnati prison … Continue reading

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Nice Niche Part 2: Exquisite Privilege

As a teacher, I feel like I’m a contestant on  the Race To Mediocrity, a reality show where out-of-context assessment has become a reward challenge and failing to follow the go-along-to-get-along mandate might get me voted off the island. Until that … Continue reading

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