Monday, February 24, 2020


I've always noticed that almost everyone thinks they're particularly bad at remembering names. I am. I've never been particularly good at keeping up with the names of characters in movies or any show on TV. I was describing how things went in an episode of the series Silicon Valley to Katrinka. She'd fallen asleep. Nine characters were involved in the telling. I had to tell it by giving them descriptive names - the big guy, the nice woman, the CEO of PP, etc. When I was through I said, "Wow. I didn't remember the name of a single one - and it was the last show of the 2nd season.."

"I won't worry until you can't remember mine," she said.  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Minding 4

Once when Kelly was about five years old, he got tired of waiting for me at a California Conservation Corpts meeting in Portrero Hill in San Francisco and walked off without telling me. We were meeting at some sort of school with an interior courtyard and playground but that wasn't good enough and he was gone. I called his mother, Dianne, and soon there were many people looking for him, me driving up and down streets all around. No cell phones back then in 78. If he'd gone the wrong direction he could have walked into scary Hunter's Point. But I figured he went down hill and maybe into the Mission District. Occasional big wide streets on the way. After about thirty minutes I stopped  the car and said to myself, "He's my son. I should drive straight to him." And I did. Went right to the corner at Market and Guerrero and there he was with a nice man holding his hand helping him cross the street with the light. I jumped out of the car, thanked the man, and I don't know what I said to Kelly, but I wasn't angry, just super relieved. He was two blocks from the Zen Center and had gone about three and a half miles. Told me he waited for adults at intersections. Wow.     

Friday, February 21, 2020

Peace of Mind

A woman in a dream asked me to spend the night with her. I told her that would surely be nice but that I have a mate and I value peace of mind. When I woke up, I thought, "Good for you."  I was reminded of Fidel Castro, who used to smoke a box of cigars a day, saying that he knew he'd really quit when he stopped smoking in his dreams. 

More Methane from Fossil Fuel than Thought

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Today is Galungan and in twelve days it's Kuningan. This is the big time in Bali and it happens every 220 days. It's the triumph of good over evil. Here's a Galungan video card I received today from a Balinese Buddhist nun, the only one I know of. That curved decorated long bamboo pole is called a penjur and we have one in front of our house now as do many people in our neighborhood and beyond. It's to Galungan what a Christmas tree is to Christmas. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Minding 3

My buddy Ward who is no longer with us in the veil of tears and I spent a lot of time together when we were kids. Met him in the 4th grade. By the 8th grade he was spending a lot of time at our house and that continued till I left town at 18. I had two beds and one of them was his quite a bit. Sometimes I'd get a feeling and go sit by the phone and he'd call within a minute. Or I could think I want to talk to him and I'd go to the phone and he'd call. I don't know if that happened to him. Maybe I used to know. It's not something we talked about and I didn't even think about it till years later. We didn't communicate much living in different parts of the country. Might talk to him once a year and when I was in Fort Worth he'd come up from Houston. Once I said to him that I'm sorry I don't write or call him much at all and he said, "That's alright David, I always know how you are." Sue Spivey who was in our class and lived nearby and her mother had that sort of connection.