Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 29, 2008

The cold, though, pervasive (and persistent) is invigorating. One can stride for an extended time without breaking a sweat.

Monday, October 27, 2008

What I Saw Today (October 27, 2008)

A calm rain silvered the asphalt. Oil iridesced in shallow puddles, and leaves lay face up and down like dying soldiers.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What I Saw Today (June 10, 2008)

Tiger Swallowtails at Columbia River Park.
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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008

What I Saw Today (May 3, 2008)

Sign in Shawnee Creek, near Trinity House Apartments. Is this to benefit us or the fish?

Friday, May 2, 2008

What I Saw Today (May 2, 2008)

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The Barefoot Bungalow

The following three pics are from a window display at AD-tiques, 22 South Second Street:


The above two shots are from Mount Bethel Cemetery. The memorial garden commemorates Helen L. Schlossman, beloved sixth grade teacher at Park School.

Twisted stairway (on Ninth Street)

FDR clock at shop on Ninth Street

Wood pile

Folks around town

Blossom-covered sidewalk

Religious diversity

Lion on Second Street, just down the street from the Wright Mansion

What I Saw Today (May 1, 2008)

Yes, protect it. No more used Quaker State, battery acid, or cooking grease, please.

Yes, we get the idea: The road is closed

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 30, 2008)

Tracks down at the tracks near the bridge

Dyslexic letters (31 Locust Street)

Lost feather on the sidewalk outside the Lazy K

The following five photos were taken at Flowers, Herbs & Art at 411 Locust Street. My thanks go to Emily, the proprietor, for allowing me to shoot inside the shop. Check it out . . .

Another one of those sidewalk markers (500 block of Locust Street)

Sidewalk on 600 block of Locust

Yet another sidewalk marker (8th Street)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


So I defied my reservations. Wearing a light jacket, I walked out into the day and was instantly broadsided by the wind, as shadows played on the ground like passing thoughts. A few people were out and about, shrouded by the vortex, isolated within their thoughts, since there was too much wind to carry on a conversation. It simply whisked away their voices, but there was still the occasional wave or acknowledging nod from passers by. Columbia folks are friendly.

Yesterday, I heard robins in the rain, but today even they were mute in the face of the gusts.

I heard a train in the distance, wailing through the wind. For me, the past is borne aloft on that cry, sailing down through the years, stirring memories of childhood.

On Mill Street, PPL workers in bucket trucks reconnected lines as fire police directed traffic.

I returned home, with the endless whine and growl of lawn mowers distracting me as I typed this.

April is the Cruelest Month

T.S. Eliot was right: “April is the cruelest month.” But not necessarily for the reasons he cites: “breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” Rather, I find the month to be cruel in the fickleness of its weather, not to mention tiresome in its inability for nuance. It just clobbers you over the head with its moods. No subtlety or consistency.

A few times this month, temps were in the 60s and 70s, but over the last few days, conditions have adopted a less friendly demeanor--cloudy, rainy, and cold. Yesterday was just miserable, with a veritable deluge soaking us for hours. And even though the sun is poking through as I write this at midday, the temperature, according to, is 49 degrees but feels like 42 with the wind chill. With an eye towards saving on utility bills, I turned off my heat a few weeks ago. It seemed like a good idea at the time, when the days were growing warmer, and the promise of spring was in the air. Today, however, it’s 58 degrees in the house, and my fingers are stiff as I type this. I’ve opened the blinds to let in the sunlight for some passive solar heating, but I almost can’t wait until things warm up. After all, I can put on only so many sweaters and drink only so much coffee.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 26, 2008)

Columbia Park Ranger Mark Zeamer takes a well-deserved break from cleaning up the Columbia Park.

Watching and waiting

Watching and working. Two volunteers at the Columbia River Park.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Around Town . . . (Slide Show)

What I Saw Today (April 25, 2008)

Stone seats (Columbia River Park)

Tree face (Columbia River Park)


Comma abuse


Why bother with security cameras if you're going to leave the keys in the lock? (Click on the pic for a larger view.)

Umbrellas - Columbia Market House)

I-105 visited Musser's Market.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What I Saw Today (April 23, 2008)

Heart of nature



Wall at Saint Peter's Apartments

This section of wall at Saint Peter's Apartments was once part of a market house which, after that, served as Joe Weisser's warehouse in the 1960s when he owned the IGA store at the "Five Points" (Fourth and Union, and Perry Street). I always remember Joe being slightly hefty until he was shot by two robbers at his store. After being released from the hospital a while later, he was quite a bit thinner.

Three of Hearts

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