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Long ago–1991 to be more exact–Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty, Gary Busey, the late great Patrick Swayze, and ace director Kathryn Bigelow joined forces with a superb ensemble cast to make POINT BREAK, a movie whose fine bizarreness and insane spirituality are on a par with REPO MAN, THE FISHER KING and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, to name three more of my top ten favorite films of all time.

I’d wanted to see POINT BREAK since I read Roger Ebert’s three-and-a-half star review about a decade ago. Last week my work buddy Matthew loaned me his DVD copy. I’ve been studying it–watched it once with English subtitles, once with Spanish subtitles, once with frame-freezing for sketching. I’ve seen all the special features and deleted scenes. I’m not quite ready to do a double-acrostic illustrated POINT BREAK poem, but will be soon. Meanwhile, here are two learning sketches.




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I have just finished watching the DVD of the movie LOVING. For me the story was both deeply moving and relatable. I had an interracial relationship in the 70s, and another in the 80s. Of course, I and the two women who blessed my life with their companionship did not endure nearly the hardship that Mildred and Richard Loving did. But there is some resonance.

I hope more people learn this important story. It underscores a sentiment found in every important belief-system that Humanity has ever conceived. In the Bible it is distilled by “. . . the greatest of these is Love.”

Long, long ago, Eric Knight, author of LASSIE COME-HOME, wrote a delightful story called “All Yankees Are Liars.” He began the story with this epigram:

You can always tell the English,

You can always tell the Dutch.

You can always tell a Yankee,

But you cannot tell him much.

What goes around comes around. Donald Trump, now President of the United States, is a chronic, unapologetic liar. His recent ploy to smear former president Barack Obama is a shameful attempt to direct attention away from the wrongdoings of some of his advisors, cabinet appointees, and, of course, himself.

My blog has been seen by people from at least 72 different countries. WordPress tells me I have more than 500 followers. So this goes out to all who see it, worldwide. Citizens of Earth, I and other Americans who are proud of what our country has stood for as represented in its Constitution, but are ashamed of what our country has  come to as embodied by our current President and his cohorts, want you to know that we wish, peacefully and legally, to set things aright by ousting this liar, this bad representative of our country.

Thank you for your attention.



In my quest to become the worst pun-cobbler of all time, this morning I crafted “skew Smee,” a skewed, smeary corruption of “‘scuse me.” But that opened a can of worms. Among other things, Walt Disney says something that directly contradicts J. M. Barrie’s assertion in the very first sentence of PETER AND WENDY, whence came Peter Pan. One thing led to another, and another, and that’s how pages like these are born.


Here are the words:

pSychophantic flunkieS

sKilletize the dooM

Even as the upkeEp

Weeps for hellish fumEs


It started at a Redbox. The DVD of THE ACCOUNTANT had just come out, and I was eager to see it. Ben Affleck as the autistic, arsenel-stashing CPA for drug cartel bosses and other criminal bigshots. Also starring Oscar-winning J. K. Simmons. Action, pathos, forensic accounting–yum yum yum!

While I watched the movie I sketched Affleck and co-star Cynthia Addai-Robinson. After I finished watching the movie I posted the sketches on Facebook. To my astonishment, the sketch of Ms. Addai-Robinson was Liked by one Seth Lee. Hey, that’s the name of the young actor who plays Affleck’s younger self . . .

. . . And, Hokey Smokes, it IS the actor, and martial artist, who plays Affleck’s younger self!! He did a fantastic job, too. He is a Natural. Step aside, Bruce, Brandon, Stan and Ang! There’s a new Lee in town, and he does back flips with the greatest of ease.

Here are the words to the double acrostic:

Some who act get early starts
Some are fans of martial arts

Expertise in swim or sync
Elevates to gold from zinc

Triumph teaches–slumps do too

Hack a comeback score a coup

& each fall presages RISE
& another winner’s prize

Friends, keep an eye on this young man. He has definitely got the chops for an outstanding career.

Every Friday my friend Clottee Hammons posts to Facebook a picture of one or more people celebrating Life, and she always captions it “Happy Friday friends.” This Friday it was a guy with a guitar, Chuck Berry I am reasonably sure, in midstride of what appears to be the Duck Walk. I commented: “Think I’ll go out for a Duck Walk today.” And I did do a lot of walking, it being a nice day; but then I came home and did a different walk, thus:


Here are the words:

Do-wop, blues, & Rock & Roll! We saw

Delinquent moves to scoff unwritten law

Upsetting but as smoooth as Yo-Yo Ma

Chuck Berry was wont to reveal

Concussional riffs-so unreel

Kiss Pat Ba-Boone goodbye, and peak

Keep Little Richard on his streak