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Radio Essay

In the middle of January, just before the East Coast got walloped by snow, I recorded an essay for the Maryland Humanities Council's Humanities Connection weekly segment, which airs on 88.1 WYPR at 4:44 on Thursdays, during All Things Considered. Things I considered: where creative ideas come from, and what to do when they arrive. Thanks to MHC director Phoebe Stein for the invitation to take part. You can listen here.

Stuck at home, I admired the snow art that went up on the Internet, everything from classic snow angels to a snow bust of a giant Edgar Allan Poe. Here's what came out at our house: Our Lady of Perpetual Homeboundedness, some reflections, some coneheads, and Monolith in Peach II (the last of the summer stores).


Lookalikes II

This morning, the French press spoke to me in a way it never has before: "I'm going to blow you away--boom! But first I will make you a nice coffee."



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.


Today, Baltimore, the fog a cloak.


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.