"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, April 28, 2011


photo by Eric Alder

Ribbons of
Illusive and

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Magpie Tales #63

Photo provided by Tess Kincaid


A glass circle

Magically changes real

Into surreal

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bifocalunivision's Photo for this week

Photo by Eric Alder

Drop by drop

Radiation seeps into the sea

Dripping death

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Magpie Tales #61

Photo provided by Tess Kincaid

Years and years ago- back in the early 1970's- my former husband and I
decided we would rent our little house in Portland, Oregon and go
live in Spain for a year. So we saved our money, rented out the house and
with my two young sons Phillip and Paul, we embarked on this adventure.
We arrived very late in the night as our flight had been delayed for 7 hours.
Jet lagged and cranky we stayed the first night in what was not a very nice place.
We really felt quite disoriented and discombobulated.
The next morning we found an apartment to rent and settled in
by going shopping for groceries and cooking up a huge evening meal.
Our favorite family meal has always been breakfast, so I made bacon,
hash brown potatoes and lots of fried eggs and toast.
After devouring our tasty and familiar meal-
we knew all was well and settled in for our year long adventure.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Standing Room Only at City Hall

Last night's meeting in Council Chambers gave Lake Oswego

residents another opportunity to voice their opinion.

There were well over 100 in attendance and 28 were pro-streetcar

and 65 were against the streetcar. Below is what I said:

"I am opposed to the LO-Portland Streetcar. My husband and I have a life philosophy of leaving as little a trace on our much used planet. We recycle, re-use and re-purpose wherever and whenever possible. This means we have used mass transit, walking, bicycling for decades as a way to commute and run errands. We only have one car. We use water wisely with the use of drip irrigation, native and drought resistant landscaping and have no lawn. We have grown our own vegetables for over 20 years at Luscher Farm-long before the community gardens existed. We have had backyard chickens for over 10 years. We walk the sustainable walk as opposed to the city and what the streetcar represents.

The streetcar will be environmentally damaging to wildlife, their habitat and waterways. The streetcar will use unimaginably enormous amounts of resources to only get 100 cars off the road by 2035. It will take 170 years to re-coup what is used just to construct the streetcar. The streetcar is an obscene example of an overgrown ego demanding a legacy with conflicting interest developers who have their hands in our wallets. Just say NO! to this outrageous project. "

We have also written Opinion Pieces to the local paper. Here is the link to what Russell wrote: http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130212883371898200

and the link to what I wrote: http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130220353524536300

It is very frustrating to us to see blatant disregard to citizens views and most importantly blatant disregard to the environment and the damage that will be done by such a project.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Early bird

Happy Robin

Cheerfully singing Building a nest

Welcoming Spring

Magpie Tales # 61

Dancing the hot dishwashin' Tango

With that sexy Mango Man of mine

It's nifty thrifty kitchen fun

with a last gasp glass of wine.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Better Living with Chemistry?

I am using both Magpie Tales and BifocalUnivision's

images and putting them together here:

Plus these two poems work perfectly for

this weeks Jingle Poetry Potluck

Evolution, Environment and Survival!!

Photo courtesy of Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales

No illusions floating

In radioactive fusion

Dangerous drops of water


Photo courtesy of Eric Alder of BifocalUnivision

Ode to Yellow #6

there's cheetos and fritos

korn kurls and cheezits

krispy chips and corn nuts

but nuttin' like cheez puffs whew!

that's a whole lotta stuff


for more Jingle Poetry Potluck go here:

for more Magpie Tales go here: http://magpietales.blogspot.com/

or for BifocalUnivision go here: http://bifocalunivision.blogspot.com/