08 February 2016

had he lived

James Dean wd be celebrating his 85th birthday today.

every year on his birthday I remember when I threw a party for his 50th. the invitation featured my poem "Autobiographical Fragment" with a portrait of the actor by Jim Provenzano.  I still have some copies hanging around.

however I also printed -- on special paper -- only 20 copies of just the poem & drawing. Jim & I signd the numberd copies.  it's item A26 in my bibliography. & even tho it isn't the fiction he became famous for I suspect it's the first item in Jim's biblio.

06 February 2016

happy birthday

a line from "Outlaw Dreams" :

I dreamt Mamie Van Doren made a recording of “The Century Dimes” while topless.

today the Atomic Blonde turns 85 & she's still posing naked.

here we are in Palm Springs a few years ago.

04 February 2016


I ever meet El Nino at a party I'll kick him in the balls 

30 January 2016


good day before the storm.  so back to town.

breakfast at Cafe Pasqual with Karen Leigh:

then a stroll up & down Canyon Rd.

altho still popular with tourists this stretch of real estate has largely lost its allure for locals. it certainly doesn't have the verve I recall when moving here nearly 22 years ago.

then back to Ecco & a wee chat with JC Gonzo abt a collaboration.

29 January 2016

avant le deluge

the proctologist of winter suggests a big rip next week. considering I may be snowbound for days I took the reins.  did the shave/shower routine. then bus hop to town.

had a visit with the Yatika Starr Fields columns.

then a chat with Holly Coonsis before looking at some art. a quick gassy lunch at Bad Ass. then a surprise Ecco encounter with Red Cell a month before he relocates to Istanbul.

finally a bit of shopping. Cheesemongers for blue & Plaza Cafe for cake.

24 January 2016

my ice day

took pick to pond where ice was at least 3 inches deep.

this ice chunk hunkers beside my glass block from the Venice in Kent.

then inside for some rare daytime televiewing. men's finals at national figure skating championships.  some lovely skating. but again those controversial judges who love to ruin these events.

the snow globe in these shots was a farewell gift from my library staff who probably didn't realize how brutal winters can be in Santa Fe.

my friend Sheila

in the last few days there has been quite some chatter on Facebook abt Sheila Smith.  so I decided to share her contribution to Gildzen at 50:

Sheila became a Broadway legend when she went on for Angela Lansbury as "Mame" for which she won the Theater World Award. at that stage in her career she was already well-known to theater insiders but suddenly was being treatd as a star.

she went on to tour in the show.  here's a poster:

as part of the Facebook discussion abt her someone postd this rare video of her early in her career:

19 January 2016

helping me make it

El Nino has made this some winter to survive. I do what I can to get thru.

but for the past few weeks I've had some joy within my adobe walls. this has had more blooms than ever.

I took a small cutting of this cactus from my resort in Palm Springs years ago. each of these pink blossoms returns me there.