JUNE 20, 2012 1:40AM

Becoming a Cyborg


I was asked how the insulin pump works without hurting and bleeding continuously. I imagine a lot of people might be curious, as it is kind of interesting. So here goes...

I am a straight up Cyborg now, a machine doing the job of my pancreas.  I transmit my bloodRead full post »

My friend, a fellow artist, has Parkinson's.  It is changing him.  He is mourning his loss of manual dexterity.  It is amazing how our bodies are so essential for artists.  They give us the means to convey our ideas to others by means of our craftsmanship.  So what hap… Read full post »
 "I think a lot of people think that you can't be a mom and be a soldier," she says. "This is not something that's out of norm for them. They breastfeed in uniform all the time -- it's just not something that's usually captured on film." 
MAY 29, 2012 8:43PM

Lao Tzu #1: 4 Translations

This will be the first passage for the study group, only to begin at the beginning.  I wish we could leave it for last, to sum up.  But most people would not want to do it that way. 


This is the core of Lao Tzu, the most quoted and often… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2012 9:46AM

Lao Tzu # 9: 4 Interpretations


This is a 4 up of different interpretations of Lao Tzu, Chapter 9.

This is the way we will do the study group for Taoism.

With 4 side by side interpretations, it reminds the reader that the original was written in Chinese.  Also that each personRead full post »

MAY 14, 2012 12:15AM

parting the wild horse's mane

There is a move in tai chi called "pat the wild horse".  You turn and make a patting motion toward a small wild horse. 
Another is "parting the wild horses mane," which would be brushing its hair out of its eyes.
MAY 12, 2012 6:58PM

Mothering as an Chosen Activity

99 percent us
It's mother's day.
For those of us whose mother's have passed, this is always a weird day.
the sublime 
It used to just be sad for me as my mother has long passed, over twenty years now.  But the… Read full post »

  • This has been a rough week in NC.  Our former state senate candidate for president is on trial for using campaign funds to pay for his mistress's expenses while on the campaign trail with her.  His wife was back home dying of cancer, you see, and he needed Reillle/
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The trouble with people is that even among peaceful groups, we struggle.

Locally, there are two painting groups, each doing their thing separately.  If you ask one group, the larger one that I had joined by chance, about the smaller group, you get very cryptic answers indicating they know nothin… Read full post »

MAY 7, 2012 9:35AM

Hal Achieves Enlightenment

hal's tao

space is cold, lonesome

so the tao embraces Hal

 Universal Compassion

original image
Hal's Eye, "2001"
MAY 6, 2012 10:12PM

Mother's Day Haiku Challenge


her heart ceased to beat

loudly and suddenly, not

deafening quiet


twenty years later

cut! yank! "Why is it so bright?!?!"

thundering again


my ear to his chest

rising softly, tick tock tick

oh, for her to hear...




MAY 6, 2012 9:59PM

Mother's Day Haiku Challenge

let's make some art for mom!

5/7/5 is the traditional syllable format.

A reference to nature is customary but not necessary for American Haiku.

Rhyming is not necessary.  Blank verse is cool but not haiku.  Other syllable arrangements are fine, though, so a short three line poem will count.… Read full post »

 I have not been very present on OS for  long time.  I posted one haiga a day for a year and decided to take a break after finishing that commitment to my audience here and to myself.    I take writing seriously, art very seriously, and community so seriously that I… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 25, 2012 6:15AM

Why are Women Dumb?

"Why are women dumb?"  A rather intelligent little boy, who had become interested in astronomy, asked me this.  I asked why he thought that.  He said that all of the famous astronomers and scientists were men.  I made a note to talk to someone about his history books and lessons,… Read full post »
JANUARY 23, 2012 10:00AM

Whiteness and Witnesses, II


The lady who runs the art department where I teach kids in in the afternoon put a sign on the bathroom in the classroom, "Clay CLub,  Please use the bathroom in the hall.  -Thanks!"   It made me feel really bad.  I kept thinking of how bad the kids must… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2011 1:54AM

On What Should We Dine?

The Modern Question:  What should we dine on?  In three bite size pieces. 


Part I:  Dogs



It's still the potatoes that haunt my ethical thoughts, but lets begin with faster moving, more doe-eyed living things that some people still eat, dogs.



I haRead full post »

JUNE 30, 2011 2:31AM

Illegitimate Marriage

The "legitimization" of all marriage and all people will be the sign I am looking for to know that we have finally grown up as a culture.


"So...let me get this STRAIGHT....Kelsey Grammer can end a 15yr marriage by phone, Larry King is on divorce #9, Britney Spears had aRead full post »

JUNE 21, 2011 4:15PM

Summer Solstice







deepest darkness

lets go

moments upon moments

piling softly towards

The Spring

and then The Brink

stretched to its limit 

inviting us to again recede

pulling softly

one moment lost and then 


untumbling eternity






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JUNE 18, 2011 4:21AM

Romney-Bachmann, 2012!

I have finally diciphered the Bachmann enigma.  She has no intention of being president, she is running for Vice President.  

Everyone knows that she would not make the cut for the nominee for the GOP.  BUT they would love to have another woman on the ticket.  

Romney may just… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2011 10:19AM

Happy Birthday Bush Tax Cuts!

The Bush tax cuts are 10 years in. Can we agree that they did not have the intended consequence and face reality?

Basic economics says that you have to pay for the resources you use to make money.

Here is a logic stream to illustrate:

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 10:21AM

National Health Care Plan


Perhaps part of the answer to health care is for the people serving in congress to be the last in inverse seniority order to get health care.

Until every child in America doesn't has to be disfigured or toothless because of poverty or inadequate parents, not one person serving… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2010 12:48PM

OMG! Miley Cyrus is Sexy!


She may have inherited her acting talent and smarts from her father, but the girl got her looks from her mom.

People are freaking out because there was no Mickey break, the time when young girls go underground and grow breasts and long hair and learn to wear less clothing… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2010 1:30PM

Angry Militant Feminists

If I wore bras, I would be burning them!
I am becoming something I never have been, angry and militant.
Feminism is part and parcel when they give out the vaginas.  
Having a kid and seeing the theory that it is overwhelming emotionally, physically, and logistically is… Read full post »
OCTOBER 8, 2010 12:25PM

Women in Clay, Thin air on Mt. Everest

As a woman working in pottery for 28 years now, I can tell you that this is a male dominated industry and profession.  As soon as you hit a certain level the whole field goes male.

And the reason is the previous generation, not the talent of men dominating the talent of/… Read full post »



A friend of mine made this in reaction to the college

hate crime that resulted in the kid killing himself.



...  Read full post »