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land as community.


 a beautiful morning walk

sharing earhart park with this lovely creature

an evening spent at the first and second sister lakes in dolph nature area

“when we begin to see land as a community to which we belong, 

we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

– aldo leopold

*i’ve now walked 60 of the ann arbor parks,

(all of the way through the letter ‘e’), only 100ish more to go-

i hope to have found and walked all of them by halloween, october 31

as i look forward to the beauty to be found in the change of seasons.




at the asian new year birthday celebration

of our young friend, y

wearing her traditional korean holiday dress

and bowling shoes


basketball, rock and roll, and football 

playing on the big screens

of the american bowling alley

celebrating with grandies and more friends 

indian, african-american, lebanese, irish, iranian, korean

adults, children, babies

all enjoying the fun

all bowling

all sharing a meal

all languages

all blowing out the candles

all toasting


“preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

-cesar chavez

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. – Ludwig van Beethoven


during my first year of teaching, i discussed the concept of respect with my class of 3rd-5th graders. after, we each wrote something about what respect meant to us. this was written by an 8-year-old, and was my favorite:


i suppose i should have known it would read something like this, coming from my little guy who was a pragmatic vegan buddhist.

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H. L. Mencken

today, with no school and home once again, i’ll make a simmering pot of tomato basil soup in honor of my young writer. this one’s for you, r. i think you would respect it, i know i will.


Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication. – Maya Angelou