Category Archives: ruminations

Springtime in the hollow

That time of year again when the moss calls and I come thither, camera in hand, if I have remembered to bring it. I collect the sunlight in my hollow and flow it through the ether to your own retinas, … Continue reading

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Of Mud and Lotuses

“There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh. This is a cute little chestnut that gets bandied about quite a … Continue reading

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The Cowless Summer

When I first drove up this road fifteen years ago, it was dark. I had driven all day from Virginia to what was to be my new home in rural Tennessee, where I had never been before; and the rudimentary … Continue reading

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Taking a break

I repost this blog on two different Facebook pages. One is the Dismal Ax page, in which I post instrument related articles. The other is called “The Hollow Life,” and is a journal of sorts; mostly centered on my experience … Continue reading

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A couple oldies

I recently visited my hometown of Providence, RI, where I had left a few guitars at an art gallery three years ago, and brought back the two that were still there: These are from the early days of Dismal Ax, … Continue reading

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This is the time of year when the water flows, both from the sky and from the ground. It fills the small creek and its smaller tributary by our house. Both of these are typically dry much of the year, … Continue reading

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new beginnings

This is where it starts. Right here, and while chicken and egg theories are being debated into the ground, this little sapling will be growing into a red oak, possibly a majestic one, standing for hundreds of years. Maybe it … Continue reading

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screech owl

This little screech owl took up residence in the rafters of our house last year around this time, and later on in the summer found a friend and disappeared. A few days ago, she showed up again in her old … Continue reading

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catching up

So, I suppose it’s time I made an actual bona-fide post here. I have been preoccupied with many other things which provide convenient excuses to avoid writing, which I already tend to do anyway, even when I do have some … Continue reading

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