Number crunching

The hens laid 4 eggs.

The orchid bloomed 7 flowers.

The 1960s dress is one crazy psychedelic abstract coffee house wonder and is 25% off.

The 2 peace sign pendant necklaces really are from the sixties and have never been outside til now.


From the family album

Proton, daughter of Quax and Maya, in the field, May 2010
Maya teaches Proton all about the water, same day.
Pups from the Quax and Maya litter pretending to be pups in a Japanese woodblock print, around May 2010
German shepherd play in the back room, involving lots of mutual teeth clacking and other forms of bonding, 2010

Quax as he appeared on the TOC of Field and Stream magazine


EH in 1896, ideals shining right off his cowlicks, dreaming of a better future.
Elbert not Ehlro-n (from the dept. of exploding tangents)

Massive, massive, gigantic, megagigundous difference between the Roycrofters and the guy responsible, besides the Martians, for that vast cult known as the sci-ummmologisumissimists. The guy whose name rhymes with, wouldn't you know it, Enron. Hm. Given that I once wrote an exposé for a magzine published by Ralph Lauren's son on EST offshoot the landmarx fourhum (not the real name), and thus nearly got sued by the cult's admin, I hesitate to even say the word scientolomoneybrainwashbarleywaterologiwhich. And yes, I know that one is not the other. But they both have formidable legal teams.
The inscription reads: Elbert Hubbard on Garnet leading Asbestos. Garnet according to the Elbert Hubbard museum was his favorite mare. Asbestos: her foal. (Hubbard Roycroft Museum)
Meanwhile, Elbert Hubbard. Actually there are some similarities between Elbert and the EST guy, to explore a tangent, which I can and will. (That's where that incredibly long tag with the words "tellingest line" comes in). 1) They both had names that started with "E" and had a short first and a long second syllable, though Elbert is a first name, and Ehrsatz (ok, it's Erhard) is a last name. 2) They were both salesmen, though Elbert was a soap salesman, and the EST guy sold used cars in St. Louis. But Elbert Hubbard did good things. Really good things. It wasn't about the money.
Cars during the transit strike in an American city during the 1970s. From Documerica, an amazing piece about the mess we were in during the 1970s, in the Atlantic.
 I knew Elbert had founded the Roycrofters, that Arts & Crafts colony in East Aurora, maker of the most lovely, lovely books (since he could not find a publisher), the most ornate yet perfect typography and ornament, and lots of seriously honest, lovely stuff.
Roycroft magazine stand from 1915, the same year the Lusitania sank.

I didn't know that Elbert and his wife (often referred to as his "second wife") —

"Elbert Hubbard with his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, and their daughter, Miriam" from the Hubbard Roycroft Museum.
— died while traveling on the Lusitania in 1915 when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. A very not Arts and Crafts way to go. A Roycrofter's booklet came into the shop from 1916, the strangely titled (until you read it) Message to Garcia.

The title gets its name from the fact that there is a man who has to get a message to Garcia, and, well, he does. And saves the day.

And that's what got me started looking up Elberto. History begs to be messed with in a writer's head, and to me the title sounds like a very modern short story, a Godotian plot, perhaps, where someone has to get a message to someone who may or may not be named Garcia, and perhaps the whole thing takes place in Miami on Calle Ocho, and the protagonist, a very anti antihero, finds himself stepping on toes every time he asked. As in, What, you think we're all named Garcia? 

Actor Andy Garcia
Of course this has nothing to do with Elbert Hubbard or his noble, noble ideals and the lovely little booklet, whose only flaw, really, is a grease penciled "2" on the cover. Who would do that? Certainly not someone who knew anything about Elbert, or loyalty.

Leonia, 1970s
It wasn't just about Mom and the rhododendrons and the tree.
I had a thing for yellow because we didn't, as a family, wear yellow a lot. Peasant blouse from missfarfalla
We had Dodges. So I thought the coolest cars were Buicks and Fords. Buick station wagon in a color my mother could have tolerated. She had the right idea on that one, I think. That cars should try to blend in with the trees a little more.
Everyone had crazy bedding. It's a wonder we got any sleep. Flower power bedding, raggletaggle
frye boots, what all the cool girls wore, what I dreamed of wearing when I got older and my legs got a little longer.
Everything was patterned. Everything was printed to look like something else. Patchwork patten sewing box, thevintagepepper
There were super bells, elephant bells, fancy bells. Unbelievably amazing jeans, lovefashionmusic
But mostly the clothes seemed strangely unwearable and overcoordinated. Stiff vests over thick dresses, clingy skirts sticking to tights. (via here)
I was more into the free spirit version. Like this fringed vest, another cool girl friday night at the ice cream parlor staple
And then there were girls I knew were just cool. Whatever they did. Skinny and nightgowned and phone calls from cool people and doing cool things and wearing hear in cool braided ways and cool. (via him)

Dept. of semidaily walks

The new dog who is often mistaken for a bear.
The new dog likes her walks. We head up the road and hang a left, trudge up the hill. Dogs will trudge happily. That is perhaps a key distinction between dogs and humans, one I am trying to learn from.

The house we pass every walk. It seems to be empty.
 We always pass the same houses, the same barns, but they never look the same. Not even the grass looks the same from one day to the next. 
That same house. Same tree, post blossoms, different angle. Now the rhododendron is blooming all along the side of that house.
This is perhaps a key distinction between my mother and myself. She used to talk about how bored, how claustrophobic, how trapped she felt when we lived in Leonia, NJ, a tiny little town filled with old houses and rhododendrons and spreading old elms and maples. There was a specific tree, a sugar maple, on the main street as we walked into town. I remember it as a wonder. She remembered it as "There's that damn tree again." Of course she didn't drive so in a sense she was trapped there, as the other mothers motored by in their Buick wagons. Another story entirely.