Category Archives: other stuff

take a ride on one of those great japanese matchbox labels

Saddle up your favorite snail (a pal is always good for a lift) and come with us for a trip to that very special realm of imagination, the world of the Japanese matchbox label: where absurdity meets high levels of … Continue reading

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music from the tiny desk

Here in Kekionga we’re big fans of that great gospel flavored rhythm and blues band from Alabama, St.Paul and the Broken Bones.  When they played the Manitou this fall, they pretty much blew the roof of the place.  Took this … Continue reading

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new fountain pen guilt

Hey, it’s a thing.  Normally, you should be gloriously  un-guilty about your collection of fountain pens: they’re actual tools, they last almost forever if you take good care of them,  and as a working artist, you’re pretty good about avoiding … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: a question of identity.

What is this “dog”  you speak of?  I’m an otter! Aren’t I? (Totally amazing image via tumblr.  Photoshopped? Probably.   But who cares?)

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endpaper martens

The goldenrod endpapers of Wild Animals at Home by Ernest Thompson Seton. 1913.  Via tumblr Seton was an extremely popular and successful wildlife artist and woodcraft writer in his day, and one of the founders of the Boy Scout movement.  … Continue reading

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to a cyclist on a winter evening

Hey, you, / you riding a bicycle in the dark and cold/ with a little yellow light on your helmet and a white one and a red one/ on your handlebars and the back of your seat respectively/ that alternately … Continue reading

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asking for some smartphone advice, android experts

A break from the usual to ask anyone out there who knows a bit about Android smartphones for some advice.  I have a Nexus 5, which I love, and now I bet you know what I am going to ask. … Continue reading

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here we go again

We’ve had six months to forget about this. Quarter to six in the evening.  Pitch dark.  Below freezing.  Breath like smoke, glasses fogging up when you step into the house.  The little mile walk that’s nothing in the summer becomes … Continue reading

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portrait of a harbor seal

Most people who like dogs also like seals and sea lions, the fish eating dogs of the sea. (Corgis: We like fish!)  I took this portrait of a harbor seal at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, during a demonstration … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight: part five

The Sauk Trail State and Friends from Town Unofficial Combined Halloween Party ranged up and down the Stroll far into the night, far enough that the early edition of the paper was making its way from hand to hand before … Continue reading

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