22 July 2014

from a travel journal

in 1983 I startd Wanderbuch. just now I was looking for something else & pulld down the first volume.  so much I wrote so long ago & so much already forgotten.

here's a quick observation written at a Rochester hotel in 1984:

… how strange to be staying at this hotel at the same time as Robert Duncan & Carol Channing.

20 July 2014

James Garner (1928-2014)

I know I liked him when I was a kid because in the album of movie star photos I collectd back then is this picture:

on the back I wrote the year Warner Brothers sent it to me -- 1958.

Garner was a terrific actor. he was equally at home with comedy & drama. I think his reputation is less than it shd be because he was one of those actors who didn't show off. he workd so hard at his craft that he made it look easy. we rarely catch him acting. 

19 July 2014

Otto Piene (1928-2014)

I met him when he came to Kent to teach in the summer of 1971. later that year I put together Six Poems / Seven Prints.  he contributed a drawing. the signd edition has become quite the collectible.

18 July 2014

today's hike

the group went to Tsankawi. for me it was a special visit.  the ashes of two of my dear friends -- the artists Bernique Longley & R.B. Sprague -- were scatterd there.

17 July 2014

Elaine Stritch (1925-2014)

I was at one of those all-star dinners David Gest used to throw in Beverly Hills. I was just standing there drinking in all the Hollywood history walking by. then pow…. a woman walkd right into me. without a word she kept on going. I lookd up & recognizd Elaine Stritch. someone later told me she heard Lizabeth Scott was there & was making a mad dash all over the place to find her.

out of curiosity

I did a Google search for "average weight of newborn."  altho it varies most sources put it at around 7 & a half pounds.  so I guess I was a bit big at 8 lbs 4 oz.

then I checkd my baby book again. it has me at 25 lbs by my first birthday.

I'm not good at judging ages so I don't know my age in this photo with Mom but I do look a bit chunky. 

16 July 2014

on the phone

with Mom this morning we were discussing my cousin Paula becoming a grandmother again. & the size of the baby.  Mom suddenly blurtd out how much I weighd when I was born.

after we hung up I trottd out my baby book to check.  she was only a few ounces off.  I was 8 lb 4 oz.

15 July 2014

sing out Louise

I have so many smart-ass replies to this news that I better just shut up.


these are plants I keep inside during winter. but my how they love summers outdoors. particularly this recent rain.

the cactus with the little bird thingey stuck in its planter began as a tiny cutting from a plant near the fireplace at Inn Exile in Palm Springs. it keeps growing & growing. I love it.