Monday, April 23, 2012

A grey tree of the many creatures native to this area that Luke and I saw at the WNC Nature Center this afternoon.
A spotted turtle, photo taken by Luke.
Otters, also taken by Luke.
Mountain lions (Don & I saw one last summer near Roan Mountain at the NC/Tennessee border last summer...they are not truly extinct in the east.)
...a camouflaged boy!
A red wolf...
and a red fox (photo: Luke)

Friday, April 20, 2012


Whenever the rain gathers
your hands appear
silhouetted like seastars
on a darkened ocean floor

lightning can do that
rendering what is banal
and useful
to shocking revelation
as if thunder were needed
to make the obvious point

your hands appear to be
what they are
but I know them differently

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hickory Nut Gorge

A hike across the gorge from Chimney Rock...on a beautiful spring Saturday!
An uphill climb, on an ugly road cut through the newly accessioned Chimney Rock State Park land...

Above: the site of the Mohican village in the film Last of the Mohicans.

A little message of spring in a discarded bottle...

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I believe that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage. The despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small mind of man that in the world's finale at the moment of eternal harmony God will bring to pass something so precious that it will suffice for all hearts, the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement for all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood they've shed, and that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened with men.

I came across this in one of my notebooks, something I jotted down from the pages of The Brothers Karamazov, translators Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear.