A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

Green Mind Seeing

I’m doing something a bit different over on Wattpad; in addition to occasionally posting short fiction there, I’ve also begun a sort of nature journal, Green Mind Seeing. Short pieces with observations and thoughts on the natural world. Some pieces are fanciful, some natural history, some gardening. If you, too, enjoy green things, give it […]

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If Wishes Were Spaceships: The Carnivorous Plants

In the future postulated in my upcoming book, If Wishes Were Spaceships, carnivorous plants are presumed extinct, yet someone has resurrected them (probably from tissue samples). We hear a lot of GMOs these days, but genetic alteration of plants in labs is not a new thing. Plant breeders have been doing it to flowers for ages. […]

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How about some Dewberry Cobbler?

Just a quick post to let you know that today’s post on The Usual Suspects, the group food blog I participate in, is my Dewberry Cobbler! I don’t repost all my posts from the food blog here on the Idleness blog, but this could be considered a companion piece to last year’s Dewberry Easter blog […]

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A little bit of enchantment

I shot this pic over the weekend and after editing it a bit I’m now using it as my phone wallpaper. When I was a kid a neighbor had a redbud in the front yard and I was absolutely enchanted by it every spring. Not only when it bloomed, but that circle of pink on […]

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I Want Imaginary Oak Trees

I’ve got one foot in Spring and one foot in Fall, almost literally. Spring has come to the front yard while the backyard is descending into the last throes of autumn. How is this possible? I have live oaks. I’ve always loved live oaks. They have such graceful spreading branches that a large well-grown specimen […]

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Best of 2010 in <140

The first year I had this domain I pasted some of my tweets in occasionally. This has been a fairly eventful year for me as an author and musician, but what that’s meant in terms of tweets is fewer personal and poetic tweets. I thought about just posting those, but decided that if I’m going […]

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Yesterday: the essence of a spring day

Yesterday I took a much-needed break. It was a beautiful day, impossible to stay in: dogs playing birds sing patio squirrels trees backyard tea greenness dappled sunlight books. A very small, very fast, bird did touch-n-go raids on the birdfeeder. Squirrels lurked in trees impatiently waiting for me and the dogs to leave. We didn’t. […]

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Neighbors are building a patio awning. The ping ping ping of hammering on metal is surprising, pleasing pitch & rhythm punctuates birdsong. 8:47 AM I think I may have folded the space-time continuum to do 2 days of work in 1 day today. Time-lagged, space-happy, relaxing now. 7:55 PM

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Japanese gardens beginning to bloom, splashes of color. Robins bobbing, mockingbirds singing, squirrels scampering. New trees being planted. 12:45 PM Headed home in subdued sunset, taillights bright against muted sky. Dogs shld be recovered frm earlier outing: hungry bouncy waiting for us. 6:36 PM

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My 4 yr old nephew shouting, “There’s my favorite bug on the ceiling!” (mosquito hawk) He’s desperate to get it. 8:26 PM My bro-in-law’s b-day cake eventually drew my nephew from flying bug pursuit. A good time was had by all (Including the bug which escaped). 9:09 PM

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