A Great Alan Watts Quote

Alan Watts was an English born “philosopher/entertainer” as he like to call himself. He wrote prolifically and eloquently about our wrongheaded concept of ourselves as unique and separate individuals. This little quote pulled from his book “Does it Matter” is a good example of his profound, and for most, deeply unsettling views. Civilization, comprising all the achievements of art and science, technology and industry, is…

Tourist Season Makes Me Tired And Yet….

    They’re here in droves and I know I shouldn’t  really complain. The merchants, after all, love them. But our little town changes from a quiet beautiful place to one where commerce dominates all. Really it’s not that bad, some money comes into everyone’s pockets and the ocean and rivers will be ours again soon enough  

Full Moon And The Mega-Yacht

  Out for a walk after supper with a friend we came upon this lovely moon silhouetting the branches above us as we headed down to Wayfarer Marine to see this huge yacht. I don’t know why people get pleasure out of these things. Why don’t they just stay in a Four Seasons resort somewhere. It would be cheaper, there would be more to…

Cruelty Or Just Having Lunch?

  It depends on your point of view doesn’t it? The struggle of this beetle was hard to watch. I had first thought of posting it as a video but changed my mind. The spider was slowly killing it and that’s what spiders do. So, taking sides by showing the fat bug’s desperate struggle to live was probably injecting too much melodrama into an…

The Ladder

This one isn’t up against any wall. It’s in the middle of a  wide open field where some children have built a clubhouse nearby out of 4 aluminium hoops and a big piece of lightweight plastic drop cloth. The clubhouse is falling down and the ladder serves no purpose. Neither tool, nor toy, nor even metaphor. Maybe it was important to someone once. Now…

Black Succulent (It’s All Design )

  This pretty monochrome underscores the fact that so much of what we consider beautiful depends on color. Saying it another way. The photograph is pretty but not beautiful

I am the door…Alan Watts On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

This sign was in a bookstore in San Francisco. I took its picture rather haphazardly with nothing in particular in mind. I’ve been laid up in bed for a few days and stumbled across it just now. Looking at it again, it struck me that one of the best things anybody  can do with their lives is to serve as a door which through…

Anne Lamott’s Very Fine Advice

There’s a whole chapter on perfectionism in Bird by Bird, because it is the great enemy of the writer, and of life, our sweet messy beautiful screwed up human lives. It is the voice of the oppressor. It will keep you very scared and restless your entire life if you do not awaken, and fight back, and if you’re an artist, it will destroy…

Drug of Choice?

It use to be the one below. Pretty simple to use. Open the bottle and keep the glass full. The addiction for some never came but, for others 1 drink became too many and 20 wasn’t enough. For those folks the only real cure was total abstinence.  Very hard to achieve but the choice was pretty clear. Do it or die. Many abstained… A…