Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach at Pescadero is the site of one of the most striking coastal landscapes in California. Many know of this pristine area because of the famous Pebble Beach golf course nearby, where well-known celebrities and pros often play.

Why Bother?

Why Bother?

I’m sometimes asked why I write. Most artists ask themselves the same question, from time to time, about what they do. Really, why do we bother?

An Empire in Disarray

An Empire in Disarray?

Forging through the empty streets at midnight, I noticed that there were no lights in the windows. Everyone sleeping? Not likely. Power outage? Possibly. There was a strong odor of something dead pervading my senses. Humans? Animals? Not sure. I had no idea.

Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

I’m a bit of a hermit, and I have to admit I’m fine with that. Making the effort it takes to create strong community ties with my neighbors doesn’t come naturally to me. I like working alone, don’t normally befriend my workmates, and don’t much like the coffee cocktail parties after church.

Useless Friends

Useless Friends

A favorite cartoon of my kids is Thomas & Friends. You probably know it. A group of animated train engines get sent by their master Sir Topham Hatt on a variety of jobs. Our hero, the wide-eyed, loveable Thomas, either by his cleverness or in spite of himself, responds in each instance by successfully accomplishing his task in the face of dire obstacles.

On Ownership: Fact Versus Fiction

On Ownership: Fact Versus Fiction

I’ve been thinking a lot about how wise owners face reality. Recently I saw an American television show called “Hoarders”. This show is about people who keep everything they get their hands on; papers, clothing, cans, objects, anything. They attach value to anything even though it is worthless and is destroying their lives.

Ethics of the Road

Ethics of the Road

Traveling has taught me many things. I am not unaccustomed to moments of feeling very suddenly conspicuous and I can now discern when a situation will allow for an apologetic laugh, versus when it’s best to high-tale it.