The ‘Chronicler of Suburban Adultery’ No More…

•January 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

John Updike


A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.   

-John Updike


Iloinen Veres Ikä!

•January 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Brandenburg Gate-Berlin *2009*

-Clemens Bilan

ANOTHER full-orbed year hath waned to-day,
And set in the irrevocable past,
And headlong whirled long Time’s winged blast
My fluttering rose of youth is borne away:
Ah rose once crimson with the blood of May,
A honeyed haunt where bees would break their fast,
I watch thy scattering petals flee aghast,
And all the flickering rose-lights turning grey.

Poor fool of life! plagued ever with thy vain
Regrets and futile longings! were the years
Not cups o’erbrimming still with gall and tears?
Let go thy puny personal joy and pain!
If youth with all its brief hope disappears,
To deathless hope we must be born again.

-Mathilde Blind

: Joyeux Noel! :

•December 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment
Backyard Snowflake


I hear the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And the wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of Peace on Earth, good will to men!

 -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

: Pere Noel :

•December 7, 2008 • 2 Comments

St Nicholas


‘St Nicholas, mon bon patron,

Envoyez-moi quelque chose de bon.’

-French Prayer


•November 27, 2008 • 3 Comments





Happy Turkey Day!

Don’t “Over-egg the Pudding”

•November 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Election 2008


Been MIA with too many projects and commitments… but now that the dust is clearing post-election thoughts are swirling; Hutchins had some interesting insights worth rereading.


In the Garden…

•October 17, 2008 • Leave a Comment


In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.
-Rose G. Kingsley
The Autumn Garden