An approaching cold front yesterday brought clearing skies and strong winds that pushed tattered clouds before the leading edge of it. The thermometer dropped back into all to familiar territory.  Again. For six more weeks, the groundhog says. I suppose I am among a small number of people who so easily mesmerized by this particular combination of light and shadow. I am compelled to stand and watch the familiar washed by dizzying stroboscopic racing cloud shadows. The effect is especially wonderful at night. I don’t …

Lunacy and Light Read more »

Ten years ago, having written from the gut about whatever came to mind or heart, I was identified as a “place blogger” first by Chris Corrigan of Bowen Island Journal.  He could see what I could not yet see about my writing and images on the new blog: I was displaced, but paying attention. Sense of place was a new term for me then, but when I heard it and read a little of how it was being used to describe a gravitation pull …

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Well heck. It looked so nice on my Mac. I wanted an easy, small-file-size “display” of my upcoming presentations that will require more of the eyes than of the ears. But the Keynote to Power Point conversion left the text portion of the time-and-date slides overlapping the images. You’ll see what I mean–the baby’s too ugly to call much attention to it. The QuickTime .mov version that the West Lake library is (I trust) using in their lobby to promote tomorrow’s event (see left …

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At six this morning, I am deep in the last-minute re-thinking of what I might say to a sizable audience of mixed-age authors and their families and friends on Friday in Wytheville. I have not been able to get comfortable with my “commencement speechifying” and am reverting to a less formal, more conversational approach, as befits a “folk writer” like me. I am writing about writing, about story telling, about the unique events and characters and settings that come in and out of our …

Apparitions Read more »

Looks to be a nice day to travel–a mere 2.5 hours–from the ONE-STOP town and county of Floyd to the far busier and busier than usual University town of Charlottesville. The Banff Film Festival was in town this week, too, so the joints a’ hoppin’, especially for someone coming from the quiet of Goose Creek. I have some events coming up, and wanted to reproduce my original “visual essay” from PowerPoint into a Mac-compatible program (Fotomagico) and that is done: some sixty images and …

Gathering to Go Read more »