Thursday, June 13, 2019

Night-Blooming Cereus

The Night-Blooming Cereus is highly valued in the Far East, especially in Thailand and Burma.

The night-blooming cereus takes awhile to bloom, but suddenly sprouts a bud, which opens and glows with promise for one day only. How fleeting is its beauty.
It unfurls, then shrivels in the warmth of daylight.

I have gone outside with a flashlight to view and inhale its fabulous aroma many times, in my back yard.

The life of a gardener: we care for our plants all year long just to see that quick moment of incredible beauty. It is all very much worth it.

Your imaginary Friend,

Thursday, November 1, 2018


     I thought you might enjoy a glimpse of my new oil painting.       What makes this unusual is that I generally do not paint abstracts. However, it was much like a palette cleanser, after painting scores of realistic still lives. For your pleasure, an amuse bouche. "Metropolis" is a large abstract, with vibrant colors and a sense of activity, witnessed by its bright colors and brushstroke movement. It has the rhythm of the city.

"Metropolis," Oil on canvas, 24" x 30", for sale

Friday, September 28, 2018

Now on Display at River Farm, My Very Newest Painting

Marigolds, Carnations and Mango
How sweetly do these flowers sing? I had a lovely time painting these common flowers in my pretty vases. They feel so fresh and alive to me. The Mason jar is also quick and seemingly effortless. (Although I can promise you, no painting is ever effortless.)It is the goal of any artist, whether playwright, actor, or ballet dancer, to make the difficult look easy.
Please come and visit this painting in person!

Your imaginary friend,


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Happy New Year!

Dear Imaginary Friends,

A new year -- 2018 -- is upon us, and we are invited to take stock of ourselves, examine our lives, and search out meaning. A timely self-analysis is in order. What have we accomplished in 2017, and what remains unfinished?

Getting serious, and going deep is always a little scary. It requires discomfort, and truth telling.

How have we succeeded, and how have we failed?

May you find peace, joy, and continuous self-improvement. We grow better, every day, in every way.

Your imaginary friend,

Friday, December 29, 2017

Cuba, December 2017

Elegant dining aboard Viking Sun, en route to Cuba

Infinity Pool aboard Viking Sun

                                                                       rural Cuba

                                                          Poster in Cuban Museum

Cuban doggie

Bay of Pigs Museum, Cuba

Bay of Pigs Today

Viking Sun Docked at Cienfuegos Bay

 Cuba is a nation trying to transition. Literacy is high but so is the poverty level. Jobs are scarce, and pay very poorly. Even doctors make only $25 per month. 

                                                                    In Havana
Hemingway During His Cuban Years
The old architecture of Havana and Cienfuegos is gorgeous. Yet, there is no freedom of the press, freedom of information, freedom of travel. Castro's regime stole money from their people and it is virtually bankrupt.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Shaya Restaurant

Shaya in New Orleans, LA, is a lovely spot on Magazine Street and serves delicious hummus and entrees. Uncharateristically of the Southern food scene, the food is Israeli. And, it is a total wow!