Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kim & Teacher



Tonight I went to my tea-
cher's 80th bday party. It was
[a] great celebration of a won-
derful life. I've had a #
of spectacular teachers. But
I discovered something tonight.
I was responsible for fin-
ding and connecting with these
teachers.

Some teachers appear
bigger than
life. They are
&
they
aren't.

1928*
Mickey Mouse's bday

Kim & Teacher

Friday, November 28, 2008

Paths



I sorted thru almost 50
yrs of art, see ing paths that
went no where & paths that
were "right." If only
I knew then what I hope
I know now!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Holier than Thou



I ate a piece of Tom tonight. I
didn't want to be holier than thou.

Tom

Kim eats Tom

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

India's 911



"War on Terrorism is an
oxymoran"(CNN) "Make love
not war" (60s) India's 911

Peace Now

Peace Pipe
30% of cancer deaths from smoking (Surgeon General)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ear Shatterin' Noise



He told me more than 40
years ago that I shou-
ld get the words out
of my art. I think it was
good advice, for without
his pleas 4 silence there
would have been ear
shatterin' noise.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Neon Tube



Ben asked if anyone would
like to make a twisted neon
tube so I volunteered. He
showed me how to keep the
glass moving & told me to
do it in a zen way. I asked
him what that meant & he
said "be aware."

See Ben's work: http://www.beneon.com/
See Ben's blog: http://spirithousesafari.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm Rite



I asked my son a question
if I was right or if the guy
I argued with was right.

Viewer Art Artist

Does the
viewer talk to the art or the artist?

He said it just
depends on the art, the ar-
test, and the viewer. My next
son will say I'm rite.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Soul Mate



I have quite a few socks
that have no partner. If I
was wreckless with my money
I'd throw them all away &
start anew. But, Alas, I live
in hope that even an old
sock from college will
find its soul mate.

Socks
of a feather
don't flock together.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dad U R insane!



I sometimes do things over &
over to get them "right"
only to realize that nothin-
g is other than what it is.

Just one more time . . .

Dad U R insane!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Massage?



I decided to get a massage
2 day so I asked 4 recomme-
ndations**. I got many. Some
were too far away or 2 busy.
Finally I found one but she
spent the whole time curing
my aches. She gave me an
exercise to do that I can't
remember. We ran out of
time to do a massage.

*=aches

**=I hyphenate things
incorrectly to keep my deceased
English teachers on their toes.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Back



I could tell you about
the x-ray of my back, but
I found out today that a
friend lost his favorite
uncle which is much sadder
than my back which has
functioned pretty well for
most of my 62 & some years.

Dedicated to E.W. (also
the initials of one of
the greatest of artists.)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Crooked Hypochondriac



So I'm at the local chiro-
practor (I'm skeptical) who was
voted best in Austin (2002) so
he sees how crooked I
am so he straightens me
out & wants xrays
so I insist on
MD qual-ity
rays &
(these panes are spring loaded 4 auto-adjusts BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE)
went to get those. Now at another doc.
who specializes in crooked hypocondriacs (sic) but he makes
me wait so I have time to draw.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mom"s Stocking



My sisters and I had a
phone conf. 2 see who was
adopted. My yoga teacher
SAID it was my hamstrings
that were problematic. We
ended up laughing about
my dad wanting to give
his maid my mom's stockings
with runs.

Fire in Calif

Austin

Conf.
call to
determine
pamaternity

Saturday, November 15, 2008

DNA Testing Indicated



My older sister said she
could never touch her toes
so I decided it was a family
trait [and hence I should give up].
Then my other sister
SAID she had no problems
toe touching. Stay tuned 4
the DNA results.

Ouch!
Good DNA
12
DNA
SUS-
PE-
ct

Sister 1 / Sister 2

A nice Buddhist story below:

Is That So?

A beautiful girl in the village was pregnant. Her angry parents demanded to know who was the father. At first resistant to confess, the anxious and embarrassed girl finally pointed to Hakuin, the Zen master whom everyone previously revered for living such a pure life. When the outraged parents confronted Hakuin with their daughter's accusation, he simply replied "Is that so?"

When the child was born, the parents brought it to the Hakuin, who now was viewed as a pariah by the whole village. They demanded that he take care of the child since it was his responsibility. "Is that so?" Hakuin said calmly as he accepted the child.

For many months he took very good care of the child until the daughter could no longer withstand the lie she had told. She confessed that the real father was a young man in the village whom she had tried to protect. The parents immediately went to Hakuin to see if he would return the baby. With profuse apologies they explained what had happened. "Is that so?" Hakuin said as he handed them the child.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Waste of Time?



I tried again to bend
at the waist and touch
my toes to no avail. I could
n't find my waist & my
fingers couldn't get
near my toes.

Waist?

A waste of time?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gremlin Merit



A gremlin broke into my
house and put my lost hat in
a paper bag with my oryoki
kit. I was so glad to find
it there (especially there). Thanks
gremlin. You'll hopefully get
lots of merit for this deed.

3 oryoki bowls
star gremlin
bag
X hat
lost hat from San Deigo

Monday, November 10, 2008

Lost Cap



I lost my cap last week.
It was black with an or-
ange "x." It me made
think of the X the
Texas prison gangs
wore on their shirts indic-
ating where they were 2
B shot if they run off. S-
ince I work with
my brain I thought I
should be shot in the
head [if I run off]. I'm not sure if
losing the hat is a less-
on 2 teach me to detach
or if the hat is pursuing
its buddha nature.

Oh where oh where did my hat go?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Help!



Help!

In Buddhism we help people by being compassionate and giving them strength to help themselves.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

. . . the rope!



Now don't forget the rope!

Hemlock Society Manual

At the doctor's office today I overheard one elderly woman say to another, "Now don't forget the rope." I imagined the last "nag" a wife might give a husband as he announced his intention to go to another world (suicide is on my mind since I have just been given some warm clothes from a couple who shared a house with someone who decided to leave planet Earth).

And then there is the tragedy of any election—that almost half the country doesn't get what it wanted.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Nandina Invasion



The plant was so in-
vasive
it grew ever-
ywhere.

(We have been digging out nandina plants from our new garden. Actually burned out my Sawzall cutting roots and dirt.)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Free Stones



Someone announced on our neighborhood listserv that they had free building materials to give away.

We filled the car with
free stones, but couldn't
move the car.

Free stones.