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As the bright heat wanes
And the wind builds
Dreamy cloud kingdoms
In the late September sky
I watch
The summer daylight
Slowly engulfed
By the growing darkness
I feel
The pull of fall
And think of
What it brings –
The muted vitality
Of oaks and maples
Apple trees laden
With the last summer fruit
And the stillness
Of butterfly and dragonfly wings
As autumn frost
Upon the fading green land.




I am sorry that I have been away from my blogs for so long.  As some of you know, I take care of my elderly father who has a variety of health problems related to diabetes. I spent many days in August taking him to the hospital for both his regular doctor appointments and for some additional tests for a new health problem. I may have to disappear from my blogs again if more health problems arise.

In addition, I came across what seemed to be a promising freelance illustration gig in early September, but unfortunately things did not work out well in the end. I will talk more about it in my next post, which will be a reblog from my artwork portfolio.


fire escape in Sacramento, California

Cubicle free
In open air
My mind ascends
That patch of blue
Searching for something
Beautiful and true
A world without walls
Beyond the fear and necessity
That boxes us in
No more boundaries
Set by hate and sin
A new order
That rises
From tear-stained earthly ruins
A new meaning
That lasts
Long after
My blue reverie
Is through.

First Day of Spring

Lilac blossoms and butterfly March 2016
Lilac blossoms and butterfly
March 2016
Sacramento, California


Delightful drifter
Seeing your colorful wings
Melts my gray winter thoughts
Before you flutter away
Let me share
Your fleeting joy
Of a green world
Emerging from the ice
Of bright blossoms
Fragrant and new
Gently cascading
Toward the earth
This first day
Of spring.


Happy Spring! 🙂 I am sorry that I am behind on posting new material and getting back to people. I am in the middle of a graphic design project right now, and a small writing project came up last week. I also have to work on income taxes for the year. I hope to have more time for blogging in mid-April. For those of you who celebrate it, have a Happy Easter too! 🙂

Barber No More

Delux Barber Shop
Delux Barber Shop
October 2015
Sacramento, California


Delux Barber Shop Sign
Delux Barber Shop Sign
October 2015
Sacramento, California


Whenever I see closed down shops like this, I find myself thinking about how the shops must have looked when they first opened. I imagine the excitement of the business owner during the grand opening and the hopes and dreams that he or she had in the beginning. I think about the regular customers coming in and out of the shop, sharing their hopes and dreams and maybe their sorrows with the owner and the other regular customers. Then I think about the years passing by and the hard times that might have led to the closure of the shop. Most of the time I feel sad seeing something abandoned, but sometimes it is not bad for something to come to an end. Who misses a lousy job or a miserable relationship? I like to be optimistic and think that the owner moved on to something better.