Commute PTSD…

commute home.JPGI did one of the most congested commutes in this country for too many years. I saw numerous accidents, including fatalities–many drivers did, it was a pressurized way of life. I don’t work anymore. Retired. The morning traffic report on the radio still haunts me even though I don’t buckle up at 7 a.m. . I had five flat tires, but fortunately was never hit despite…well. enough. This photo was taken at 7:02 p.m. after crossing the Bay Bridge. Accessing the bridge from San Francisco was an ordeal I will never miss.

Patience for a New Year…

DSC_0001 - Copy.JPGThe fireworks are gray ash in the gutter. The morning light is bright, the air is cold and crisp. I sound like a menu writer. Yes, the first hours of 2018 have passed and once again I’ve made some resolutions I won’t keep. I will continue to laugh at myself, a resolution I’ve always kept. And I do have a good feeling about this year, although I haven’t seen the news today. The dissension in this country has turned bystanders into activists who realize we have a president who is unstable, childish and a pathological liar; that sexual harassment is pervasive and cannot be tolerated, and that we must have an inclusive society to flourish.  No one can afford to sit back and watch without paying the consequences of indifference. I took this photo a few minutes ago. It’s winter. The branches will fill with leaves and birds. Patience. A good change is coming…if we work at it together.


DSC_0478 - Copy.JPGWhy? The Las Vegas massacre is only a month old—and now we’re hit by 26 shot to death in Sutherland Springs, Texas, another mass killing with a gun wielded by an unstable man.  I write “we” because no one should be immune from these senseless acts. And we should face the reality that our best defense is compassion for human life which must include caring for the mentally ill. How we care is an immense challenge to society. I do know that if we do nothing, more troubled souls will squeeze the trigger on a semi-automatic weapon. (This self-portrait was shot a few minutes after I read about the Texas massacre on my cell phone.)

An Extra Light for Independence Day

full moon capitol

A full moon over California’s capitol –that extra light–symbolizes to me the power to overcome prejudice, fear and anger for the good of all people. We need this extra light in Washington, D.C.

When our country’s leaders  declared their independence from a king in 1776, they fashioned a constitution that would ensure that no one person could control matters. It was a brilliant plan that has survived the ages, although it has been slowly losing its shine to the growing power of the presidency. Now, we have a president with a child-like temperament who doesn’t understand what he doesn’t know…and he doesn’t know a great deal. Our constitution is facing its greatest test to date. We need that extra light to shine through the darkness created by prejudice, fear and anger.