Once, long ago, I asked one of my neighbors how to grow tomatoes in the New Orleans climate. The guy was an old Creole man. He was old enough to speak French as a mother tongue. He looked at me and said, “Just plant it and leave it alone. Everything grows here.” He was right. […]


The better of me. I went through a battle yesterday. Of course, battles these days don’t mean what they once meant. It was almost eight hours on the phone. By the time that I was done I wasn’t sure if I won or lost. I think that I won. I’ll know in a couple of […]


Yes. Great. I’ve dreamed of pictures this big on Storyteller. I never thought I’d live to see the day when my dream became reality. It’s sort of my M.O.. I have to be dragged kicking and screaming into some new world. When I get there I grumble. After a time, I think “this isn’t so […]


Yesterday was a day. Did you ever have a day when technology was not your friend? When saved passwords were not saved? When nothing loaded? When the internet was so slow that you had to perform a hard reset? That was yesterday. Let’s hope things go a little better today. Let’s hope people settle down. […]


Seeing the flowers of spring gives me a sense of hope. In order to fulfill hope, we must work hard. All of us. Especially now. What are you doing? What will I do? In New Orleans, the mayor has put out a call for volunteer help. I may do that. A lot of it involves […]


So green. So very green. It’s spring down here in the swamp. Most everything is blooming. It’s an awakening after a long winter’s night. Well, something like that. Our winter was mild. There were about three days of cold. The temperature did not drop below freezing. I have no idea what that means for our […]


Wildflowers. Tom Petty sang about them. I think they are often more interesting than flowers. For sure, they are a sign of rebirth, growth and the passing of time. Covid19 is still creating havoc everywhere, although some countries are starting the long climb toward normalcy. I’m not so sure about down here in the swamp. […]


I had a really weird thought. That’s nothing new. Most of my thoughts are weird. I’ve said in the past that nature always seeks stasis. Nature does not determine the rightness or wrongness of a thing. She just wants balance. When something gets out of equilibrium, she solves it. It may take time, but balance […]