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The Garden

Spring is getting a slow start but I’m feeling confident enough to plant our kale seedlings. Also I was thinking about starting a garden diary to refer to next year. I’m often just throwing things in the ground and wondering vaguely if I planted things too close or far apart etc. Then I decided what […]

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My Topiary

Often I’ll look at something I wrote and see a gross repeat of a turn of phrase or word. I need an editor on my shoulder, a very small one.

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060012_cta_inconvienence

060012_cta_inconvienence, a photo by vaughnda johnson on Flickr. This is my interpretation of the loudspeaker message that the brown and red line riders across from me had a puzzle through. It was like seeing bumper-to-bumper on the other side of the highway – a heady mixture of survivor guilt & glee.

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Remember the terrible heat wave in July?

071212_heatwave_runner, a photo by vaughnda johnson on Flickr. I left out man in my missive….middle age dorky asian man, I don’t usually correct my omissions/misspellings/grammar faux pas, but that one is important to point out.

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3 ladies and I taking respite during the holidays where-ever we can

A deep cold hasn’t yet taken hold of Chicago but the short days are still tough. Even global warming can’t stop that.    

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Fur coats

I love spotting men in fur coats during the long slog of Chicago winters. Especially if they have a matching hat which is rare and gives me a thrill much like I imagine a bird watcher catching sight of that rare bird on their walk. I also thought of Mo, best landlord ever. Mo wins […]

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Bach evening

Joe and I rode our bikes down to see Joanna sing in her choir. The bike ride was cold but good on the way there. The choir was really impressive. I enjoyed listening to the singers enunciate the German words in that overly enunciated way singers do. That always amuses me. The whole production was pretty […]

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To the best of my recollection

When I thumb through my sketchbook, i am still surprised how well I remember my thoughts from the moment I sketch. This woman looked a lot more upwardly mobile than the rest of the orange line. From her diamond ring to her perfectly shiny hair, she was money. I remember a disheveled young lady who […]

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Back on the Train

The weather and my schedule has been such that I’m back on the train a lot this week which means I am drawing more. A definite bright side to inclement weather. I miss my bike but I enjoy the time to take in the rainbow of humanity like the large man studying for the drivers […]

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The Seduction of Brushed Fibers

I went for a quick run to the store and I wore my pajama pants. This is a probably not a big deal for most Americans as I see many people in their pajamas in airports and sidewalks and grocery stores. They don’t seem concerned about their casual wear. It was a big thing for […]

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