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June 2013

SilverHat

Project Runway

I was driving a van home to Boston from a 2006 weekend in Delaware. A fellow rider told me had a vision the previous night where he saw eyes and teeth on the trees. The following Tuesday morning, I woke inspired to make a coat with lit eyeballs. Trouble was, …

Food

I’m in reasonable shape. I save more than I spend. I have time for projects and fun. I’m usually in a good mood. If I picked one secret to this success, it would be: food. Everyone eats differently, but I found a strategy that I have kept for years that …

Cabin Fever

I have spent too much time indoors. Under winter rains and sadness, I stayed mostly in bed, mulling over past wrongs and future rights. I tinkered, wrote, and thought. Spring came. The sun shone and the earth warmed. Adventure! I planned to run outside into the hills, but then I …

LivingRoom

Sketch Up

In the course of the move to my current apartment in June 2010, my living room filled with upended furniture. How best to arrange the couch, chair, bookcase, and tables? I measured out the floor space, sketched cartoons, contemplated the feng shui, and solicited the advice of exasperated co-workers. Furniture …

Neon

Neon

Noble! Bright! Antiquated! Neon. I’m hooked on day-long classes at Oakland’s Crucible. Last Sunday, I spent the day at the Crucible to learn about neon lighting. The Crucible work space is divided into departments. On the second floor in the back hides a neon studio full of gas burners, boxes …

A New Red Lounge Saint

Way back in hoary 2003, friend Mikal suggested I start web logging, or “blogging,” as all the cool kids were blogging those days, having sold their typewriters and bought computers. I enjoyed scribbling to myself so I started regularly filling a text document that I published through blogspot (now bought …

Portuguese

Greg suggested meeting for a week somewhere in Europe while he lodges this summer in Berlin. He and I kicked around itineraries for far flung European destinations: take the ferry from Helsinki to St. Petersburg; drive down the Dalmatian coast into Albania; ride the train from Berlin to Prague. Trouble …

Going in Big

Get ready for a tale of woe, a tale of first-world problems similar to “my latt√© is too cold,” or “the golf course is too crowded on sunny Tuesday afternoons.” I have been hemorrhaging money lately (fortunately not blood). No, I don’t buy bag of coke or fast cars. Counselor …

Ankle

With a Broken Ankle

Stationary I have suggested that for 2013 I would like to run around less. If I could just slow down and enjoy more my immediate surroundings, I might not find myself so manic, searching, and scattered. Well, I got what I wanted: last Wednesday, I sprained my foot and have …

Sensory Deprivation

Floating Away 2013 brings a year of retreat and relaxation. In January, I resumed a regular yoga practice. In February, I silent retreated for a weekend to a solitary Santa Cruz cabin. In March, I communed one Friday night with a Peruvian shaman. These days, I try more to try …