Del Monte Forest Philharmonic

Del Monte Forest Philharmonic

The wind sings through the Monterey Pines, a short flourish overture with a low drone, mid-range whip, and a treble trickling of cottonwood leaves like a swift stream. And above it all, the trill of birds add sparkles of color as the oratorio begins. It moves with a...
A Hanging Moment

A Hanging Moment

I could describe what I’m seeing or hearing. I could even go deeper and explain how I feel and what’s happening around me or comment on the news. I could work past the layers of anxiety and regret that hang on me and drip like sweat off a boxer. I could discuss the...
Sea Lion Love

Sea Lion Love

Monterey Bay, Monterey, California    As streams of dawn light glimpsed through the broken cloud cover, I rolled up next to Fisherman’s Wharf on my bike. Thompson was sitting on the stone wall in his camouflage jacket with his backpack next to him. We...
Moths in Silhouette

Moths in Silhouette

Big Sur, California   Oaktree moths fly through the evening sun, setting them aglow like fireflies, while a simmering pot of rice clatters away, and the sweet smell drifts out an open door. I close my eyes to the scene and let the feeling sink into my bones....
Last Rays of the Afternoon Sun

Last Rays of the Afternoon Sun

Del Monte Forest, Monterey, California My walk took me further than I expected. That often happens when I’m upset, and try to duck thoughts of the day’s events. When will I learn my lesson and avoid the news? But sometimes, it’s unavoidable. I wound...
Hidden Value

Hidden Value

Euterpe Farms, Ojai, California      I have an old, chipped porcelain cup, probably WWII war surplus. My mom used it to scoop powdered laundry detergent from a box. I can trace that cup back as far as I can remember. I also have the family shoeshine brush made...