Archive | July 2014

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NIKE AND MR. BOWERMAN


I hadn’t gone far, not quite two miles, with not even a good sweat in the cool, foggy morning air. I was high, running easily, playing my usual mind game of imagining the cheering crowds at the imaginary finish line, me breaking the tape and then flopping down on the wet grass to celebrate the […]

THE PEOPLE WE NEVER NOTICE


“Presidio Sunset” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland Rasmussen Every day we are looked after by scores of people, most of whom we either ignore or don’t see in the first place. The restaurant servers or the people who clean up after you move quietly from table to table in the restaurant, the checkers at […]

REQUIEM FOR HENRY


A barking dog can get your attention whether you are in the middle of a good movie or merely trying to fix a recurring computer problem. When they are in the house trying to get some action out of you, you do tend to get a bit churlish. Charlies’s frantic yelping interspersed with an occasional […]

SO YOU WANT TO BE A COWBOY?


“Home On The Range” oil painting The lure of the Old West remained strong through the 20th century for small boys strutting around in chaps and oversize cowboy hats. Annie Oakley made it possible for little girls to join in the games as well, reining in the spirited outlaws and slapping them into the make-believe […]

NOTABLE & QUOTABLE


P.J. O’Rourke, writing about the World Cup for the dailybeast.com, July 13 “Soccer is not likely to become a sport that American life revolves around like the Super Bowl, or March Madness when all business activity ceases while employees devote full time to filling in brackets only to lose the pool to the executive assistant […]

WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN


The Church Pew” stoneware sculpture by kayti sweetland rasmussen I was not a willing churchgoer as a child. Beyond dressing up in my hat and little white gloves, I was probably like the child on the far right of the sculpture. And then I discovered music. The music in the church of my grandmother did […]

LADIES WHO LUNCH


Audrey Mabee “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid” Ralph Waldo Emerson The quality of our lives is increased immeasurably by the simple fact of having a friend. I get the quality of my life boosted every month or so by having lunch with a group […]