Weatherly Geezer Gaze

Kicks and Nicks at 76

Tingles and Twitches of an Aging Snoop


Natural disasters, of course, wreak havoc. But I’ll say this for them. They do a better job by far of equalizing societies than do laws. The U.S. Constitution can’t hold a candle to them for being egalitarian. When Mother Nature takes control, whether she’s flooding, blowing or burning the earth, she pays no attention to wealth, social status, race or gender. All are equal in her sight. She has a good side too. She’s a “mother” after all. When victims are struggling, differences be damned.

Tumultuous Tokyo

While taking a peek again at Sophia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in Translation” I was brought back to my 17 years as an alien in Japan. It all came back when I visited recently – how little Japanese and non-Japanese understand each other, somehow missing the common element of both being human. And there were Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson having the same experiences a decade after I’d left. Déj vu! On my visit I stayed with Japanese friends, both of whom are as alien in their own culture

Give Me Goats

I confess. I’m a sucker for goats. So when a friend invited me to see his brother’s two new goats, Suki and Lulu , I couldn’t move fast enough. Ever since I saw Renee Zellweger as a recluse living with her herd of goats in the 2003 film “Cold Mountain” from that best seller, I decided I’d spend my last days surrounded by those restless creatures if I could swing it. Who can resist that endless grinding of their cuds, those loving eyes, the surprise nuzzling of your rear end? And the

Return to Perth

Return to Perth On a visit to Perth, Western Australia, after a 15- year absence, I was shocked to discover that at least some place in the world there was a city of 2 million still functioning with clean, landscaped streets free of pot holes, and people more contented-looking than anywhere I’d been in recent memory. It was as pleasing to the eye as when I arrived in 1989 for the first time. It sprawls across a side area at the mouth of the Swan River which flows into the Indian Ocean at Freemantle.