Any Port In A Storm

Any Port In A Storm

Earthquake make a big mess! Loma Prieta earthquake damage - Marina District, San Francisco • 1989 On October 17th, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. my 15 month old son Jordan and I were playing with colorful blocks on the floor of the living room of our house in Mountain View,...

Oscillate an Ocelot

Oscillate an Ocelot

If you kiss your elbow, you’ll turn into a girl! Gender bending contortionist wizardry When I first heard of this magic spell from my trickster mother as a young boy, I turned into a contortionist, trying in vain to give the pointy, forever too far away elbow joints...

An Open Window In The Memory Palace

An Open Window In The Memory Palace

It’s the turn around spot. The turn around spot E. F. Jones was a young black man who was driving to Wisconsin to visit his ailing father in law. He picked up Steve Wolf and me hitchhiking in Berkeley, California and took us to Rock Springs, Wyoming, a one thousand...

True Stories

True Stories

We will light the house with 500 candles to welcome in the New Millennium! My Invitation to our Millennium party We covered every surface in our living room, dining room and kitchen with hundreds of burning candles on December 31st, 1999, trying to provide enough...

The Danger Zone

The Danger Zone

Freeze! Put your hands up! If you move I’ll shoot! A policeman crouching in a bush shouted this command to me on the night of my 25th birthday.  My friend Paul and I had been helping a very old couple move out of their suburban home into a trailer park in...

Child is Father to the Man

Child is Father to the Man

“You don’t pick your totem animal. Your totem animal chooses you.” Raven sunrise at the Trona Pinnacles • Photo by MMB This quote, which I heard recently on a podcast, shed some light on a seminal event in my young life. When I was a child, my family was at an outdoor...

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