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


Mined over Madder

Seeing  beyond what I feel makes the where we are a little less to blame, certainly no less than seeing. Coming out of BART at Civic Center, usually odor of urine and a few  unpleasant looking people, usually men but not always gender exclusive, occupying various positions on the first few steps. But here the sky is blue  and two arrive.


you know wear but its ok do wonce.


Old cars are beautiful, to me, especially through a window meaning  I like to look but taking care of them is too time consumiing.


When many  were in university it was easy to miss Hegel, he was hiding in the library and sometimes made a cameo appearance in philosophy classes which then as probably now, were not considered cost effective either in time or fees for a career, and after all, everyone has their own philosophy just as everyone has “their own taste in Art, ” and besides, in the age of trump, what is there to learn, especiallly from a man whose images look like he has no neck.

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I went to San Francisco, if I go early and by the way, I got the senior discount card so its less than half price as long as I am “registered” with the “BART” which I assumes it means they will be tracking  all my movement whenever I ride BART but then again so what. When I go early in the AM the sunlight is shining directly on this well known building and a few blocks north-east the image  is at its most reflective in the windows of the Maritime Building.


Bill & I , Bill lives across the street and the main Japanese food stores are about 30 miles away so sometimes together we go to guy food supplies, Bill lis 20 years older than me  although I did not realize I was that much taller but a differences in age is not compensated for by a difference in height ad i think he may be in better shape than I .


Could you or I, or him or her, or some of  them be zen , or is being zen too different than being? (The maybe unknown factor here is some readers  may not know this  Japanese pottery kiln is called Bizen and pronounce bezen. its great for sake or beer and this particular technique is called hidasuki  where the pottery is wrapped in twine before being fired.)


Every day now I find myself thinking about being old and what my father  and mother were feeling and thinking at my age… and then how too often when they were alive I was too concerned with my own feelings and thoughts too understand and then I realize how my son is the same.


Beside I imagine when you read the title of this blog you thought the subject of this post would be the insanity of investing in Bitcoin.

Know tomorrow like yesturday

I never rode a cable car in San Francisco, though often I  like to stand on the corners at California and Powell. California Street going west and Powell Street going North are steeply rising. The traffic control  is a traffic  light on  each corner, usually blinking red, however some of the , instead of showing a round red light, show a red  “X.” Pedestrians and drivers sometimes get confused.


I never rode the cable car, it costs $7.00 to ride it, I’m too old to be comfortable paying that much money to ride something when I could walk, so I will probably never ride one. It looks as if these people might be a little board.

The I’s have it

San Francisco  evening, when I lived in New England, and for the first few years I was in California I used to hike in “backwoods area” but for the past 30 years I have found myself walking , you could call it hiking, around San Francisco.

Christmas week in San Francisco

Not pitching a tent for the night, of course, but taking BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transit) somewhere in SanFrancisco and then walking around, usually back to Market and a Bart Station before the bay tunnel.

Color, line, shape, texture, value

My feet sometimes feel like they belong somewhere else, sometimes its somewhere I do not want to be and the compromise is I get something to eat.

Feels, don’t fail me now

Some wear, sum save


It takes a little effort to see everything in this image, its in the window of a second hand store along S.Virginia Street in Reno.


It is the New Year,  we wish us all the best for 2018.

Youres end and my be

At 72 years of age, who would have thought…,  shigoraki tokkuri and ki-seto guinomi. Although Kyoto style pottery was mostly porcelain which was “high fire”— basically meaning that the temperature in the kiln as high enough to “vitrify” the glaze making the container impermeable—Japanese “folk pottery” did not accomplish this until ki-seto.

shigoraki tokkuri and ki-seto guinomi

Ki-seto was an effort to reproduce celadon and later, pieces were made to line the walls near the door removed at different intervals  to measure the temperature and duration, and, when removed some were thrust into water and SCHZAMM!! the color black giving birth to Kuro-oribe (and oribe-guro, which is another story.).

kuro-oribe guinomi

And thankfully  to say, many kuro-oribe and oribe-guro such as my gunomi  above strongly reflect the tradition while expressing the potter.

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Some people want to try to manipulate things, some people claim to be able to manipulate things, and other promise they can manipulate things,  such as the economy,  world affairs, a market, a personal “brand,” and lay claim to understanding human behavior and the meaning/purpose of life.



I cannot, and to my sadness,  make that claim, Unfortunately I tried to see things as they were happening,  which is why I like Ozu films which  (to me) visually present  a sense of “real behavior,” as differentiated from films which distort time and conversation to create a  visual metaphor which is visually is unlike real behavior.

Embarcadero, SanFrancisco

To my wife Ozu’s films are slow and boring, and although I often enjoy Tora-san, to my wife its stupid—my taste in film is boring  and stupid.

Financial district, San Francisco

And things will get better, whether you want them to or not, but no one knows when… or how, or where, or why, or what.And whatever you want to say about trump, his behavior has seriously diminished the legitimacy and global influence  of the United States of America and dishonored the  people of the United States.

trump has expressed to the world there is nothing more important than having money, and  that end  justifies any means  to get it, and any other ends are despicable.

Noing be four hand

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But every wear you may think someone is high ding  for just under six dollars you can easily fined me anywhere you cannot look,


For many decades Kind of Blue has been one my most favored listening experiences and you probably know in the world  indigo is a most favored dye for textiles,  and 12-bar music—sometimes called The Blues— became a world wide language, falling on blind ears.


Drama (だるま)  brought direct pointing to the Buddha mind—when called dhyana, later called  chan and known to many in the west as zen—from India to China. But it is in Japan where he found love, no matter how he looks, where he hides, there is no place he is to to be found,

Nana korobi yaoki” (七転び八起き)


Mom  loved Ikebana, she was a master in Ichiyo, a teacher of Ikenobo, a past president of Ikebana International  and for twenty years she taught ikebana in the United States. She lost her memory  after a stroke and I made this  poster to hang her wall in the  hope it would trigger  memories, whether it did or not is not important. Sometimes we do not know if what we do will help but we do know that not doing something will not help.


Here some nonconundrum  but frustrating misconverswayshuns with my dark side, and I must say that while my shadow is limited in dimensions, some of my best friends were to never knew where I was going or where I had been—being there was enough fore them, but  me and later not  being there  was enough fore them and too much fore me.


You could say I got lost but know one even missed me—begging the answer is less than meaning if you have know questions.me2992C_65&ppi100B_650

Reaching 72 I have know thing to hyde except my celph, except my celph.