Oregon Lighthouses

I can’t say enough about how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. From the amazing Mt. Hood glacier and the Mt. St. Helens volcano, to the most ruggedly beautiful coastline in the USA — an outdoor enthusiast (or anyone with a camera) could live a lifetime here and not see it all. One way to see a… Read More »

Visiting Portland

Portland is a great town — a big city with a small-town feel and a lot to do. It’s not too difficult to figure out where things are: It’s divided east/west by the Willamette River (rhymes with damnit), and north/south by Burnside Road. “Downtown” is on the west side, and in NW Portland, the streets are in alphabetic order… Read More »

Visiting the Long Beach Peninsula

The long Beach Peninsula is a 20-minute drive up the west coast from the south Washington border (click this image for an un-cropped version that better shows the long beach). The peninsula features a 28-mile (45 km) sand beach, which is the longest “drivable beach” in the US, and one of the longest in the world. This Wikipedia article… Read More »

On Meeting Philip Glass

Anybody who knows me even in the slightest knows that I’m just a tad partial to the music of Philip Glass. Late in the Fall of 2017 I went to a Portland performance of his Dracula, performed by the Kronos Quartet with Phil playing the second keyboard, (a part he later added to the piece just for himself… Read More »

On Joss Whedon

In August of 2017, Kai Cole dropped a bombshell about her famous husband, Joss Whedon. In a published open letter, she talked about his infidelity, that he’d been sexually involved with at least one cast member from one of his shows, that he’d been unfaithful to her, and more. The reaction to this news, with the MeToo movement… Read More »

Stop Using One-off Plastic

Plastic bits in the ocean and in the food chain have created a big, scary problem. If all of us would take a few small steps to minimize disposable plastic usage, the cumulative effect could make a big difference. Many of us bring our own bags to the store, but we can do more. Here are five steps you can… Read More »

Divisive politics

In late 2017 I got an email from a Democratic organization venting about the just-passed tax bill that ended with: “We want to give you this anti-Republican bumper sticker!” I think this is a bad approach. I don’t want to perpetuate the us-and-them bullshit that is US politics right now, and I think things like this bumper sticker… Read More »

Paisley Publications

I’ve been interested in writing and publishing for most of my life. I started exploring self-publishing in the 1980s, back in the days before the internet and before Amazon made it into the much easier venture that it is today.

The Gentleviewer’s Obsessive Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Written for students and fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the book is an exhaustive listing of the cultural references that pop up throughout the show, peppered with trivia, music, episode cross-references, and more. It provides hours of trivia-obsession for fans of Buffy, Willow, Xander, Spike, Angel, and the rest of the Sunnydale residents.

On Kaepernick’s Kneeling

In 2016 and 2017, there was an uproar over a black football player, Colin Kaepernick, quietly kneeling on the field during the national anthem rather than standing with the rest of his team. He was protesting the repeated killing of black men by police in America, and this lead to many months of heated arguing among Americans. All of… Read More »

Paris & back to London – February 2018

After nearly a week in London, two days in Granada, and a bonus unplanned day in the airport Madrid, I’d finally arrived in Paris: my first time in the famous city. There was a lot I had meticulously planned to see on what was originally going to be a three-day visit. But as my 12+ hour layover in… Read More »

Granada (& Madrid) – February 2018

After spending five days in London, I headed to Granada with my daughter, Laura, and her husband, Pearce. Journey to Spain: Saturday, February 3 We left the London flat at about 8:00am, leaving Tim behind, as he was flying later in the day. We took the Underground to Heathrow, and flew to Madrid… getting there just before 4:00.… Read More »

London & Satyagraha – January 2018

Having seen Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten, I had just one more opera to see, Satyagraha, in order to have seen Glass’ entire “Portrait Trilogy.” When I learned, in mid-2017, that a revived production of Satyagraha by the English National Opera was going to premier in London in 2018, naturally I got tickets for myself and… Read More »

Potential

Walking around in almost every one of us is a wellspring of untapped potential. Some call it inspiration, some call it god — whatever you call it, there exists in us a deep beauty, a spark, that few of us acknowledge, let alone show or attempt to express. The thing about potential is that it is nearly useless… Read More »