Born Edgar Franklin Flanagan, acquired Francis as a communion name, then shaved this mouthful down to Ed. He became father to me and my sister when he was in his mid-twenties. This isn't a real portrait of him, but only a small list of fragments, the tesserae of a mosaic. He was always my standard for … Continue reading my father, Ed
A New Year's Resolution. We all need more Nature in our lives. All cultures, at their most human moments, find glory in the most inhuman rhythms of sunrises, sunsets, wild storms, mountain vistas, desert scenes, beaches, green forests & jungles, the world of flowers & bugs & fierce lions & tigers & bears! We all do, certainly … Continue reading Where Our Wild Selves Live
recent fall. The recently fallen angel sits beside me on the curb wearing a skinned knee, a messed 'do, we are the nucleus of a circle made by the explosion of feathers on the pavement. she-and-he complains of celestial injustice her-and-his voice a whine sharp enough to pierce the heavens, yet but the content like … Continue reading recent fall
I participated in the 6th Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge! The very simple rules are that: I ride a bike to somewhere to drink coffee, or a coffee-like substance. The ride must be minimum of 2 miles roundtrip. I need to complete 7 rides in 7 weeks (2 rides maximum per week). Ride #1: Saturday October 8th (5.3 miles/8.48 … Continue reading Coffeeneuring Challenge 2016
I fled winter in China for northern Thailand, where I was volunteering at the Mae Tao Clinic. MTC was started in 1989, BY refugees from Burma, FOR refugees from Burma's civil war, and it's still going strong. Its beginnings were simple, as concerned people -- Dr. Cynthia Maung and others -- just tried to find solutions for an … Continue reading Acupuncture at the Mae Tao Clinic
One day early in 2015, we stopped to look in the window of a streetside 小儿推拿 (pediatric massage) streetside clinic in our new neighbourhood. The clinic was a typical streetside one: a little 3 room place, massage tables, and a desk at the front. The doctor was lively, very good with his young patients, and demonstrated this incredible traction technique, … Continue reading Lessons on the street
This sign can be seen in every subway car in Chengdu (which now boasts FOUR lines!). Its last directive is more accurately translated as "Please don't let your children urinate on the floor." This rather obvious sign was found inside a bathroom stall in the Beijing airport.