Date Archives September 2009

Prolific Brilliance

Roses stand out from many other flowers in one way I like a lot – they take advantage of the WHOLE summer. From spring until fall, they are industrious like ants, but elegant like orchids. Day in, day out, they just keep sprouting one masterpiece after another. Something I find inspiring. It is akin to the frenzied work of those who leave behind a big footprint, like Van Gogh, Michael Jordan, or Madamme Curie. We had the good luck that the house we moved into in Redmond had a collection… Read More

Primal Traditions

Just a very few tendencies seem to need no training or introduction. Sitting around a campfire is one. Funny how you don’t need much conversation or other such distraction either. I first came across this routine when I worked at a camp for physically and mentally handicapped for two mesmerizing summers during my undergrad years. For two summers, 5 nights a week for 10 weeks, people sat around a magical fire, stared, chatted, sang, romanced, laughed, vented and gathered up energy from the crackling, glowing, scintillating jewel in their midst…. Read More

The Extreme Luxury of Being Huge or Tiny

It is hard to beat non-verbal communication. Consider your standard issue hug – – it has expression within it that is beyond our vocabulary. A hug by someone 10 times your size – – well, it’s even better, with such features as an ocean of arms and chest, that cozy corner under mom’s chin inside the curve of her neck. It’s the comforting aromas of a grandfather’s shirt or cologne. Time is held at bay. Dissolved into nothingness are all those upsetting elements; again one can know and feel the… Read More

Chuttumbee 2 Turns 6

One possible measure of how young at heart you are – – how carefully you track your upcoming birthday. Sidd followed his 6th the way the FAA monitors a 777 coming in from London; or how NORAD would have watched an ICBM coming in from Siberia. (I fear I am repeating an earlier post.) “Only 73 more days left dad….” 18 days later, “Dad, there’s only 55 days left to my birthday. Are you watching?” Well the momentous day came in 3 stages: First a party in Atlanta at the… Read More