in fairy tales, children
live in mushroom houses
in reality too.
Note:Travelling with two friends, Mrs. Abstract and I visited a dear friend who lives in East Jordan,MI. Passing through Charlevoix we heard about the Mushroom House designed by Earl A.Young, a local architectural designer.
A place where one can tell time
In towers and double doors,
Elevated curbs and sidewalk sales
To celebrate birthdays with bouillabaisse,
Seafood risotto with lobster saffron broth
A place to be.
Thunder, lightning, and rain
Can come unexpectedly during summer
Clearing dust and malaise,
Colors, vivid and abundant
A place to be.
note:from Otis Pottery, East Jordan, MI
Davis Otis told us the family history of the Otis Pottery.The studio-gallery exhibits the handcrafted works of David Otis,his wife, June & son, Andrew.
Radiance belongs to being considered precisely as beautiful, it is, in being, that which catches the eye, or the ear, or the mind, and makes us want to perceive it again.- Etienne Gilson
note: quoted in Beauty, The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue
“You have been to Rio.”
I am looking at her scarf.
“You are a Whovian.
She is looking at my backpack.
We try to add meaning
while standing in line waiting for ice-cream.
Seize the day, an unstructured theme
but there is another way
unlike just selecting a fruit flavor,
a genuine space for exploration.
Between licks and bites
we exchange pages of memoirs
binocular for camera,
puzzle solving for origami.
We become a book club of two,
children again, playing a see-saw.
We reach the ends of the cones
We have to say goodbye.
“You live so far away.”
“Space-time should be the least of your finalities.”
We have moments of laughter and regrets
and lasting impressions.
We promise to leave the lights on
and door unlocked.
The boy pulls hard
fishing line with two hooks
each with a fish.
I catch a flight
note: photos during my walk to the river for my daily 10, 000 steps.The boy’s father unhooks the fish and releases to the river.
Does one make bad decision when one is in love
or if one is in Paris?
Is it true?
note: I just finished reading a book, I’ll See You in Paris ,by Michelle Gable. Different threads of a tapestry of interlocking stories based on a real life story. Entertaining, lots of surprises.
note: Mrs. Abstract and I attended a Catholic Congress Saturday.
the egret flies away
against the upstream tide
note: hurried shot with my cell phone camera.