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Friday
Jan012016

Lookalikes

My yard celebrated the holiday season by festooning an old Japanese maple stump with this handsome fungal structure. Doesn't it look kind of like Chicago's Marina City?

Happy 2016 to all.

Wednesday
Dec022015

Today, Baltimore, the fog a cloak.

Thursday
Oct082015

Acorn Triptych

It wouldn't be autumn if I wasn't in some kind of weird codependent relationship with squirrels. Yesterday at 10:45, I began this acorn triptych. Over the next six hours, they created parts II and III.

Thursday
Sep172015

Nonesuch

I'm pleased to report that my piece, "Family Jeopardy" (which ran originally in The Rumpus's "Funny Women" series), was awarded honorable mention in the adult category of the Mark Twain House's 2015 Royal Nonesuch National Humor Writing Contest. To quote the man himself, "These splendid facts strain belief; but they are true."

Wednesday
Sep162015

The Cone Stands Alone

About a month ago, walking my dogs, I came upon this piece of a branch in the middle of the road. I liked the composition--the bend in the stick, the one missing cone, the way another cone stands apart from the rest, as if considering its own flight--so I brought it home and set it on an outdoor table. Initially, I saw the branch as an inert thing. So I was surprised to find the cones responding to the weather. After rain, they're shrunken and hard--dark brown pods. When the sun comes back, they unfurl again. I wonder how long this cycling will continue?