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Riding of the Marches

riding of marches photo A thousand years from today when horses are rare and exotic as Bengal tigers Kirkcudbright’s reenactment of the Riding of the Marches ceremony will be  beamed into homes as  a holographic  image.  Our descendants will enjoy realistic … Continue reading

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The Undefended Hour

I asked Kim Ayres to take my April, 2013 poems and the black and white photographs that inspired them, and make a book. If you  look at a situation out of a known context you will invent a context. We … Continue reading

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Breaking News! Pope Francis I comes out

Surprise, surprise!  The new Pope doesn’t support gay marriage! This is news? He is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church!  What do people expect? Personally I’m glad we no longer burn people at the stake for having a different … Continue reading

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From a Goat’s Anus to my Lips

  Goats in Argas Tree Feeling a little grubby?  You’d be surprised at how much dirt can lodge itself on the human body, especially if you are traipsing about Marrakesh, up and down the dusty blind alleys, the bazaars in … Continue reading

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Do you know if you smoke marijuana you may piss your pants?

Do you know if you smoke marijuana you may piss your pants? Café, Café, Café, and yes! Yet another Café! The strong skunky smell of marijuana alerts one to the fact that cafés in this area of Amsterdam do indeed … Continue reading

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Sex for Sale Amsterdam

  Sex for Sale, Amsterdam Substantial houses, as uncompromising as the Dutch matrons of old oil paintings, watch over the canals.  The curvilinear pediments gracing the roof fronts mimic the starched winged bonnets of Rembrandt’s respectable womenfolk, the fancy window … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Plenty

In the upstairs dormitory around 65 people, mainly men, sleep on camp beds, rough lumber frames over which a rectangle of canvas has been stretched and stapled. Each bed is furnished with a donated blanket and a pillow. The beds … Continue reading

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Rosslyn: a Poem in Stone

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It was a huge cathedral the St. Clairs intended to build, close by their castle, on Roslin’s lovely glenside. 15th century Rosslyn Chapel is a truncated version of the planned cathedral — really just the part called the ‘choir’. Circumstances … Continue reading

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Remember it well, The Eglinton Hotel

  The Eglinton Hotel, Dalmellington Dalmellington is a short mile from the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in  Galloway Forest Park. Sadly, we had rain and did not see the starry heavens. The observatory itself and its astronomers are worth the visit.  I … Continue reading

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Transylvania

I first visited in 2009 and on impulse bought a house.  Why?  Because it was cheap. Because it seemed like a good  idea at the time. It had a well with good water, an orchard and space for a garden. … Continue reading

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