Thinning the herd

Thinning the herd

“We revere our senior citizens,” said House Majority Leader Hamlin Slough to a gathering of older people on the Capitol steps. “I myself have two parents.” His private views are less charitable. “As any good rancher knows, sometimes you need to weed out the critters who’ve outlived their usefulness,” he tells confidants. “Those self-centered baby boomers … Continue reading

Cat tales

Cat tales

  Hair on your work clothes, claw marks on furniture   Those important papers strewn across the floor   The printer turned on magically in the night   Muddy paw prints, vomit on your bedspread   Drives to the vet’s to the sound of squalls   House plants chewed framed photos knocked over   Bowls … Continue reading

Hens and Handel

Hens and Handel

It isnʼt your ordinary bevy of barnyard fowl. Ora G. Bell isnʼt your ordinary barnyard doyenne. She believes that raising children, and livestock, on the basis of mutual respect and trust is part of the natural order, as is encouraging their appreciation of the finer things in life. Thus, as her children, Tanya and Pancol, … Continue reading

Tiptoe through the tulips

Tiptoe through the tulips

In this special setting, in steep, rugged, conifer country in California’s Sierra Nevada, the tulips are a surprise. There are thousands of them, and at the height of their spring brilliance they draw visitors in what feels almost like a spiritual pilgrimage. Which isn’t surprising considering they are part of the Ananda spiritual community that … Continue reading

Will to write

Will to write

If Shakespeare lived now would he lyricize hip-hop?   Or churn out scripts for Hollywood moguls?   Maybe he’d make millions writing laundry-soap ads   Or, horror of horrors, try to copy Stephen King   But probably our Will would follow his muse   Write soulful sonnets, long narrative poems   And plays about mad … Continue reading