I found the above note on a signup sheet from the previous students in the design studio suite on the third floor (north-east side) of the College of Design at Iowa State University. It seemed metaphysical when I read it…and confessional.
As we ambled slowly through Hendersonville, NC, we came across the Curb Market on Church Street where locals were selling local things. The last time we had visited our friends in the foothills near Zirconia we had bought sourwood blossom honey at a roadside stand on US 25 heading south […]
Harry Belafonte recalls telling a joke to Robert Altman: Early in our relationship, I told a joke and it became the metaphor for everything in our lives. These two musicians decided they were going to the jazz festival in Montreux, but they always flew. One says, “We should take one of […]
Whenever I’m at my local HyVee zooming in on the organic lactose-free skim milk in that wardrobe of a refrigerator, I’m looking for use-by-dates as far in the future as possible, and I’m wondering if I’m around long enough to use up all that milk in my daily doses of […]
Here’s a look at our new company vehicle, a 2012 Hyundai Sonata; a nice fit given that one of our co-owners is a professional musicologist and a music performer. We use the car to make deliveries, and the livery obviously helps with getting the word out for both polytekton and […]
Early in the morning, on a Sunday, just before Nashville, the contrails range from spiky, precise lines in the far distance to smeared out white hashes in the blue sky.
So, I’m cruising in this skinny and thin-skinned aluminium tube at 35000 feet, going approximately 500 mph on my way back to the United States from Rome on May 1, 2011, on that same day the former Pope John Paul II is beatified at the Vatican, and Osama bin Laden […]
Al Giardello, better known as Gee, commander of the Homicide unit in the TV series Homicide: Life in the Streets, Season 3, Number 4: Crosetti, gave a brief monologue in response to one of his detectives committing suicide: “In the old days the Italians wouldn’t bury a suicide in a graveyard or […]
When the trees have lost their leaves and only bare branches remain, When the sun hangs low in the sky, the ground is frozen, or about to freeze, When smoke curls up from chimneys And the dew turns to ice on the car windshield, That is when I feel at […]
It should come as no surprise that Rome is a dusty city. All those tumbling fragments, the withdrawal of the water after a flood leaving a silt-filled city, the centuries of statues chopped to powder to transform gods and fauns into lime for cement. And not just statues, but buildings […]