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Dean Kirkland

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Growing up, a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich was one of my lunchtime favorites. I don’t know why, and I don’t even remember when, but somewhere between my teenage years and my 50’s, I stopped having jelly in my peanut butter sandwiches. Once every long while, I would even buy a jar of jelly, but

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summer moon rises late: the waning crescent carries tomorrow’s morning It used to be, before clocks, that people could tell time at night by being aware of the phase of the moon. The lighted part of the moon always points toward the sun — as an easy example, a full moon rises opposite to the […]

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One final “home project” for this last day of our staycation week: weeding the driveway.  It’s pretty hard-packed pebbles, good for absorbing the winter rains, but over the years plenty of tiny weeds, clumps of grass, etc have taken root. It’s warm but not hot today, so I put on a sunhat, start the

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I read Patti Smith’s “M Train” after it was mentioned approvingly by my friend Irene, but I knew basically nothing about it before I started. As I read it, I never knew what was coming next, other than each chapter made the ones before it even deeper and more meaningful. Even the cover image took […]

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  Nancy and I recently re-watched the 1964 Disney “Mary Poppins” movie, which we love (though it does get a little hyperactively frenetic at times). The disc included a trailer for the  2013 movie “Saving Mr. Banks” (also good!), which loosely tells the story of the adaptation of P.L. Travers’

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I love this book. The author has given us a first collection of short poems with a lovely mix of vulnerability and awareness of the world (both internal and external). They show one person’s search for meaning, not telling us some “final” answers. Much like haiku, these poems invite us to spend time thinki

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And then we said, “Put ze candle beck!” And then we had cinnamon rolls and iced tea, sitting on the pickup’s tailgate at the edge of the field And then we rode the chairlift back up the mountain, dangling our snowshoes And then we brought our newly-adopted cat out of the shelter, and tried to […]

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There’s a lot that could be said about the wonderful poetry of Brenda Shaughnessy (and many have), but one aspect that stood out to me on reading three of her books is the theme of “time travel”. Not in the science-fiction sense, but the looking back over time and the conversation between generations. I no

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working on an “en plein air” watercolor: struggling to get just the right shade of gray into the reflection of the clouds in the pond just a smidge darker, hmm, maybe? sprinkles begin to dot (just a few at first, then more) the surface of the water and also to paint themselves into the picture which […]

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For much of my life, my reading interests largely were science fiction, fantasy, science non-fiction, and history. Over time I branched out, adding philosophy, eastern and western poetry, and various of the classics of western literature. I never really paid attention much to who the authors were, or their gender, or so I i

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(rain) The sun-loving puppy sits at the open door looking out at the back yard, the falling rain, and her wet toys lying in puddles. She needs to go out at some point, but not yet, not yet. She looks up and asks with her eyes, “Can I have my treat now anyway?” “Of course” […]

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A new poem: Deep in a mountainside forest, at one bank of a wild, snowmelt-swollen stream, there is a large boulder that shelters behind itself a calm side pool, where the roar of the nearby rapids is muted by the mass of the rock. One of last year’s fallen leaves lies on the ground at […]

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Way back when, I blogged about an online community of writers called Wordgrove. I was part of the group near its beginning, but over the last several years life and whatnot kept me from participating. I always enjoyed the Wordgrove events, which are informal, inviting, and very supportive, so I was inspired this week to [&#

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One of the joys of having dogs is just watching the many ways they have of sleeping. Oswin in particular has a vast range of sleeping postures, from cute to adorable to hilarious. Sometimes she seems to be part cat! Tol Tol too is an amusing sleeper. His “thing” is enjoying napping on multiple levels, […]

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Tol Tol and Oswin have been with us now three years. I’m still amazed how well they get along together, and got along together even from the start — while each still having in his and her own challenge with outsiders.   Tol Tol adores Nancy, and with her he’s a (big!) bouncy happy puppy, […]

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Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid is the latest in the Kid Beowulf series of graphic novels from Lex Fajardo, which make the classics approachable and fun. In Lex’s re-envisioning, Beowulf and Grendel are 12-year-old twin brothers, travelling the world (with their constant companion, Hama the pig) meeting many of th

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The dogs are going to be 13 in May, and they’ve really started showing their age in the last year. So for our big vacation this year, Nancy and I decided to take them on a tour of the Oregon coast, to combine two of their favorite things, car rides and the beach, every day […]

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What a difference a few weeks of rain and sun make! We planted our tiny garden back in February, checked in on it a few weeks ago, but lately it’s really taken off. Yesterday, Nancy clipped the top off the tall kale just before it flowered, to add some “kale raab” to accent our soup for [...]

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For the “wow” finish to this recap of last year’s trip to New Zealand, here are some pictures of two of the most amazing locations we visited: Fox Glacier and Milford Sound. We took a guided tour and hike on the glacier, dropped off by helicopter high up on the glacier’s upper area. Our tour [...]

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Presented for your consideration: pictures of people taking pictures. Nancy taking pictures of sheep, as Mark and Elisha walk up after taking their own pictures of sheep: Me trying to figure out what an F-stop is :-): Mark, Elisha, and me: Elisha and Mark: Me realizing that taking the lens cap off might possibly improve [..

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You can’t talk about New Zealand, especially the South Island, and not mention sheep. According to NZ government stats, there are about four and a half million people and over 30 million sheep in the country. One day we were driving up a country road toward the trailhead for our day’s planned hike, and we [...]

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At the end of the last post, I showed a sign that warned “Don’t feed the kea”. “What’s a kea and why shouldn’t I feed it?”, you may well ask. We found out while driving through the mountains where they live — kea are large parrots, very curious about people and very interested

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As big international vacation trips go, New Zealand is a good place to start. People are very friendly, and speak English with a charming accent. Driving on the left-hand side of the road can be a challenge, true, but at least the road signs are familiar, or at least similar enough (instead of “Yield”, theirs [.

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After recovering from jet lag for a few days in Auckland, Nancy and I with Mark and Elisha flew down the the South Island of New Zealand, where we’d spend most of our time. The small town of Wanaka was our home base, located on Lake Wanaka in the foothills of the “Southern Alps”. This [...]

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Continuing with our trip to New Zealand, Nancy and I with our friends Elisha and Mark spent two days in Auckland, the country’s largest city, located on the North Island. We stayed at a really wonderful old Victorian B&B, called the Braemar House. Our delightful host, John, gave us great advice on what to see [...

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OK, so in the “better late than never” category, it’s way past time I should post the pictures from our New Zealand adventure from last year :-). Nancy I and spent almost two weeks there, in the company of our friends Mark and Elisha, at the end of May / early June 2012. In this [...]

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Breaking news alert: plants like rain and dirt, film at 11! The parsley and arugula are doing fine, but the little kale plants seem to be turning into lunch for some kind of bugs or critters :-). It’ll be interesting to see how well things grow — at this point the whole tiny garden is [...]

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Dinnertime silliness: “Cheddar Jenga”! You can just see Hank back there, hoping the tower will fall his way :-) Filed under: at home, life in pictures

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Saturday morning, we went to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a trail-improvement project along the Oaks Bottom wildlife refuge. There were a few speeches, from the mayor, parks director, etc, and then the official ribbon-cutting, done by local kids. It was a pretty well-attended ceremony, with I’d guess at least 50 pe

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Walking through the Sellwood neighborhood on Saturday to get haircuts, Nancy and I came across this interesting bit of sidewalk art. There wasn’t any explanation, but I decided to call it “e pluribus unum” (out of many, one). Very patriotic :-). Filed under: at home, life in pictures

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