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To Mask or Not?

It’s taken me a while (longer than it should have, certainly; probably due to my advancing age), but I’ve realized something that makes it a little easier for me to understand the mask debate.  The people who refuse to wear masks do so at… Continue Reading “To Mask or Not?”

An Alternative to Amazon

I’m pleased to announce my new affiliation with Bookshop, an organization that supports independent bookstores, bypassing Amazon to purchase directly from a distributor and donating a share of their profits to a pool that is divided among independents on a regular basis. Disclosure: as… Continue Reading “An Alternative to Amazon”

New Videos of Children’s Books

This morning I’m introducing a new option for those of you who are interested in my children’s books. All four are available (English versions only)  as Youtube videos on my channel, House Mountain Views. Print copies are, of course, still available on Amazon and… Continue Reading “New Videos of Children’s Books”

New Children’s Book

I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest children’s book, The Noise in the Woods, in both English and Spanish versions. This is my fourth children’s book, and its theme is imagination. My previous three books explore other ideas; Father and Sister Radish… Continue Reading “New Children’s Book”


Making tomato sauce: Cut up tomatoes and onions. Roast for 40 minutes or so in a 400˚ oven. Place in Dutch oven on stovetop with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, etc. Cook on low heat for 45 minutes. Blend with immersion blender until almost smooth.… Continue Reading “Serendipity”

Points of View

The other day I drove up to Rutledge in Grainger County and spent $21.50 for what is pictured here. The label on the box said 25 pounds net weight, so the tomatoes were $.40/lb.  This is an example of: My good fortune in living… Continue Reading “Points of View”

nothing to lose

I’m watching the ongoing crisis from relative safety but I’m getting more concerned as time goes by. It appears that the unemployment supplements are ending at about the same time as the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent or mortgage.  My concern is… Continue Reading “nothing to lose”

The Stubby Shillelagh

Here’s a little snippet of a tune that I’m sharing largely because I like the name.

a reading of “this is where we stand”

I added a new podcast episode today. This is an essay I wrote for Karen Krogh’s excellent book, “Love is the Spirit: the journey of a courageous and resilient community,” a photographic study of the shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008… Continue Reading “a reading of “this is where we stand””

Do the math

After finishing the patio area in our backyard there was an open area inside the arc of crepe myrtles that my wife said would be the perfect place for a picnic table. After much discussion we decided on a modification of a design we… Continue Reading “Do the math”