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December 28, 2019

Remember when

at sunset, Christmas eve

For Walt the equation goes like this: Pepperdine + walk = tennis ball. But lately the handsome border collie has been on the DL. He's almost 7 and Daisy is still just 2 and the mismatch of their abilities when they play has left him limping. I love the light at the pond this time of year but Walt's a mathlete when it comes to balancing the Pepperdine equation and won't walk there without a tennis ball to chase. SO (and yes, finally, we're getting to the point) here's a photo from Christmas Eve in 2015, a time before the world had gone quite so crazy.

December 27, 2019


morning sun breaks through

This is from last week, between bouts of rain.

December 26, 2019

Rain clouds over Catalina

It rained like crazy here all night, the sound of it loud on the roof and then later in the puddles that formed in the courtyard. By morning the storm was gone, just a few clouds left to linger over the islands off the coast.

rain clouds over catalina island

December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

vintage christmas card

December 24, 2019

The quiet place

the view from solstice canyon

In Solstice Canyon between the storms.

December 23, 2019

67 seconds of Solstice Creek after the rain

67 seconds of solstice creek after the rain

Yes, yes, yet another creek video, because after the drought years this still seems like a miracle.

December 22, 2019

The holiday spirit in San Pedro

street sign in san pedro

True confessions: This was shot in 2007. (!) Still pretty great.

December 21, 2019

It's the winter solstice!

Happy (true) New Year! I know we have to wait for the calendar to flip to January for everyone else to catch up, but oh my goodness -- it's a new decade.

Here's the tree this year:

it's the winter solstice!

...after three years, it has outgrown the house.

needed a trim even with the tall ceilings here

December 20, 2019

The morning light says autumn is ending

almost-winter sky

Grey skies, flat light, slow dawn, sudden dusk. The seasons shift.

December 19, 2019

Wind equals blue

morning light at bluffs park

The stronger the wind, the darker the color.

December 18, 2019

It's Puppy Santa hat Wednesday!


Full disclosure -- this is the same look she gets at the vet's office.

December 17, 2019

The sunrise here this morning

morning light

We watched first from the porch and then from the bluff and the smudge of sunrise colors on the horizon lingered for hours.

December 16, 2019

'Tis (almost) the season

The winter solstice arrives this Saturday and the Monterey pine is ready for its third year in the house. Even the 10-foot ceiling wasn't tall enough so a few inches (repurposed into a wreath) came off. But boy, does the house ever smell amazing now, and the novelty of this gigantic live tree in the living room has become a magnet for the dogs and the kids here.

edging into the season

December 15, 2019


secret song

Out for a walk the other morning and it took some looking to find the source of the birdsong

December 14, 2019


couldburst off Point Dume

December 13, 2019

Rest in peace, dear Scott


So many of us are undone today by the news that Scott Timberg has died. Such a kind and generous man, and a dear friend. Others have spoken more eloquently than I can, about Scott's intellect, his passion for music and art and literature and language, his generosity and curiosity, his humanity. I'm grateful to each of them for finding the words to express the depth of this loss. I remember when the laughable economics of a freelance writer's life in LA sent Scott and his family to try living in Georgia, and how that move never really took. It wasn't too long before they were back. Los Angeles was Scott's true home, and we are all the poorer for his passing.

Please consider a donation to the Go Fund Me campaign to help Scott's family with immediate expenses, and to establish a college fund for his son.

December 12, 2019

The holidays are here at Casa de LOUD!, and everyone is jolly

the Monterey pine, year three

This is the third year for the Monterey pine. One more holiday season and it gets planted. It's a lot taller this year -- needed an eight-inch trim to fit even the really tall ceilings here -- and not quite as full. But the scent is heady and there's a profound and surprising comfort in knowing the details of its shape and branches so well.

December 11, 2019

It's Puppy Wednesday!

this dog's life

Here's Walt, pretty sure that all is well in his doggie world.

December 10, 2019

Neighborhood watch

the hawk is back


December 8, 2019

Sky life

sunset after the rain

The between-storm clouds have been so interesting that I've shot about a million photos, which means you'll have to be patient (sorry) as they play out.

December 7, 2019

Signs of Saturday: Take me to the library

another kind of passport

One thing about living with unpacked boxes is the weird little surprises that pop up when you go searching for that stapler or photo album or suddenly indispensable muffin tin, like these library cards. I wish I still had the one from Mazomanie, a small prairie town in Wisconsin, where the retired farmers gathered to chat at the feed store each day, and the librarians always remembered your name.

December 6, 2019

A minute of Solstice Creek in the rain

a minute of Solstice Creek in the rain

The creek bed was bone dry for so many years that these days, the rain and runoff seem like a not-so-minor miracle.

December 5, 2019

After the rain

the last of the rain

December 4, 2019

Hiatus is over and IT'S PUPPY WEDNESDAY!

40 seconds of dogs in raincoats

The dogs get restless when it rains, do that laser stare thing where they try to bend you to their will with their minds. And I've found the best way to fight back is to break out the raincoats and let them have their way. They get a quick walk, I get a good laugh (Daisy in a raincoat, omg) and they're happy homebodies for the rest of the day.

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