The Preacher and the Slave (Pie in the Sky), by Joe Hill

•November 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Today is Joe Hill‘s 100th birthday. The Preacher and the Slave is my favorite of his songs.

Here’s a version by Utah Phillips, a hometown hero of us Spokanites, who taught me the Spokane origins of the song.

The song is based on In the Sweet By and By, a song I grew up singing. There’s an interesting documentary clip about the history of the song in an earlier post.

La Marseilles

•November 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Waterballet: The Castle Forests

•November 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Kamiel Rongen uses water and household substances and objects to create fantastical, psychedelic film worlds. Here’s one.

More of his videos are on Vimeo.

Found on Nag on the Lake. (Thanks, Nag!)

Advice for the Man Who Wants to Have It All

•October 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Waking, by Theodore Roethke, read by Tom Moran

•October 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A video from the Favorite Poem Project.

The Waking

by Theodore Roethke

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Benson Beach

•October 4, 2015 • 2 Comments

We spent a longer than usual nine days at Cape Disappointment this year. A place I never tire of.

Here are some photos of Benson Beach on a quiet Friday afternoon.

Benson Beach birds

Coming down from dunes to Benson Beach

Bneson Beach dune grass

Benson Beach, Sep 2015

Benson Beach dead pelican

Glimpse of Benson Beach from dunes

More photos

Wild Chanterelles Cooked Over a Campfire

•September 21, 2015 • 1 Comment







Potatoes steamed with a dash of salt

Wild chanterelles, brushed and rinsed, and a few chopped onions, fried in gobs of butter

Optional: a dash of

Hobo Adobo

the juice of one lemon

a little bit of wine

one clove garlic, crushed or shredded

black pepper

equal parts soy sauce and olive oil, enough to make a pint (1/2 liter) of sauce

(Prepare in advance. Keep in a jar and splash a little on any vegetables, meat or mushrooms cooked over a fire. Shake well before using.)

A Full Larder

•September 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

Jams and jellies, green beans, pickles, tomatoes, peaches, shell beans, garbanzos, sauerkraut, and Kitty’s famous vegetable soup.




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