Category Archives: From My Chair

From my Chair: the evolution of a summer Seattle morning

Day 125 of Self Quarantine             Covid 19 Deaths in U.S.:  138,000 Most days I have the early morning to myself. This morning I awake at 5am to the pinks and oranges of a July morning. … Continue reading

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From my Chair: There’s a bobcat in our yard!

Day 124 of Self Quarantine             Covid 19 Deaths in U.S.:  138,000 You know the septic system repair is going to be expensive when a bobcat lives in your yard for an entire day. The continuing … Continue reading

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From my Chair: I do have an alcove!

Day 123 of Self Quarantine             Covid 19 Deaths in U.S.:  138,000 When I first read Timeless Way of Building, I fell in love with the pattern of Alcove.  I loved the many photos and designs … Continue reading

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From My Chair: Vacation from History

“All civilizations face their fragilities. Many residents of the world’s wealthiest nations, particularly Americans, have felt fortunate to live through a period largely insulated from shocks and disruptions. This “vacation from history” enabled many to become accustomed to living at … Continue reading

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A Zoom Wake in the Age of a Pandemic

Nick Nussbaum died earlier this week.  He died of the corona virus due to underlying health conditions. Nick died without family, friends or colleagues present.  Only the brave medical professionals were in attendance. We found out about his passing days … Continue reading

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From my chair: Tending the vines of life

I am immersing myself in all things Camino.  During the V crisis, I have dreams of walking the Camino de Santiago a year from now.  This morning I am reading Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino … Continue reading

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From my chair: Going to the birds

We are now living Day 8 of our self-imposed quarantine and social distancing in the Age of the V (urban slang for the corona virus).  Today is one for the birds: Our birds were everywhere this fine day.  Photobombing my … Continue reading

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From my chair: the rhythms of fauna

I delight in the quick darting movements of the squirrels, birds, raccoons and deer that traverse my view of the world.  Our neighbor flings peanuts to the birds each morning.  Quickly the squirrels race to pick up what is left.  … Continue reading

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From my chair: Drinking in the sunshine

Today is another unexpected gift of radiant sunshine. Why is it that we have an alcoholic drink called “moonshine“? But we have no drink called sunshine.  For those of us in the Northwest who are often sunshine starved, we need … Continue reading

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From my chair: My Storyteller Knows Me

As I read the “The Sycamore” by Wendell Berry, I am reminded of a trip my wife and I made to Coorg, India.  Each night we were entertained by the family’s cook.  His stories graciously synthesized the family wisdom of … Continue reading

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