Less ons about more ons

As I get older I often find myself  thinking  about how my father thought about his life,reflected on his life,  at the age I am now (72 years old). Was he haunted by ghosts appearing in the morning fog, I thought not when he was my age, but now I am there I understand I  missed an opportunity to understand.


One of the GREAT Pleasures of living in Cambridge on both sides of 1970 was walking down to Harvard Square and experiencing a Brother Blue  (Dr. Hugh Morgan HIll (1921-2009) street performance. With  tambourine and harmonica, a blue fringed leather jacket and penetrating lyrics, he would combine the Bible, Shakespeare and  African American folk stories meaning  fresh   meaning  to modern-day story telling.


The transparency of the  New York Times is so obvious on Russian Hill…


Oribe is a traditional Japanese folk kiln from the Seto-Mino area north of Nagoya, also known for shino, oribe-guro, ki seto  and seto guro. Traditionally its style is creative—simple, rustic, often irregular  in shape, appearing green, brown and white  and yet like japanese folk style creative within tradition. Named after or for or perhaps inspire of , Furuta Oribe (1544-1615) he influenced this style , tea ceremony (as a student of Sen Rikyo) , tea house architecture, tea garden landscape and ikebana. Oribe was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy  against Tokugawa Ieyasu—the guy most of you know as The Shogun and sentenced to seppuku.


In the alley,


or on Market Street ,


or just waiting Dogot, I like the seat, maybe its his bucket list.sfPeople0823_650

I enjoy Nero Wolfe  stories, and especially the voice performance of Michael Prichard. I used to use tapes and I would just start listening anywhere and end anywhere, never reading  the full story from beginning to end, but experiencing it  like a puzzle,  putting the pieces together out of order , hearing them over and over until finally grasping  the whole story, thank  you Mr. Prichard  for your performances, I   have listened to  them over and over and over and never tire.


Early evening in San Francisco scene from Russian Hill


Nos he is lying

What to do when your chawan is empty?  Sit and wait…


or ask a Buddha for help?

Let it be known there is fountain not made by the hands of men.


Daruma once said “Buddhas don’t do good, Buddhas don’t do bad.”


“If you study Zen you must really study it. If you become enlightened it must be real enlightenment.  If you once see the barbarians’s real face intimately, then you have at last “got it.”  But when you explain what you saw, you have fallen into relativity.”

Commentary on Wakuan’s “Why no beard?”, Case IV, Mumonken


Explain to me, if a person can “pass” the cognitive test then when  they are expounding lies about facts  the conclusion is they are doing it intentionally. If the lying causes damage, and the person shows no stress at hurting others, they have no conscience, no remorse and have a serious personality disorder.


What is behind the next door?  Tomorrow more lies, more hate and finally war, people dying, property destroyed and trump gets his big military parade—but it will be worth it if you have a bomb shelter…


Evening in San Francisco .

Igor two please

A bizen tokkuri   by Nakamura Makoto and a kuro-oribe  guinomi by Koyama Tomomori, perfect for an autumn  afternoon, NOTE: the spell  checker wants to change guinomi to genome, obviously the spell checker does not appreciate sake.pstr_bizenKuroOribe-2_650

Kokeshi guards maintain order,  unwilling to pass judgement knowing all things will pass.


A musician welcomes you to visit the  alley in Chinatown SF.


Feets don’t fail me now as look for my next step..


or hitch a ride on  my way to freedom


Almost daily I walk the levee  along Alameda Creek. In 2007 with  my son at  college I moved my office to home and started seriously walking four miles.

Along Alamede Creek, Fremont CA

Then I was doing the four miles in  in 52 minutes, now at 72  I am doing it in 60 minutes,  getting old. When I am out there and  feel the effort of walking  I focus on my plans to go to Japan next spring and I need to be in condition to spend everyday walking around at least 12 hours

Along Alamede Creek, Fremont CA

Could not resist this  fun while  passing by wine glasses in a restaurant window in San Francisco…

Wine glasses in a restaurant window

My view from the top, do you think I am in  hesitation, do you think I lack confidence, did you fail to make an effort to see those things which were important to me? or only judge me by your own wants?  Whatever it might have meant,  earlier it makes little difference now,


P.S. After writing I did my four miles, 54 minutes! while  listening to the day’s broadcast of The Archers, Tom Keene on Surveillance and  Bloomberg P&L with Pimm Fox and Lisa Abramowicz.