Sunday, April 24, 2005


Riding home this morning, it's kind of gloomy, drizzling, cold. Then as I come over the rise on Rt. 17 into Mahwah, I see the mountain. It's half shrouded in fog. Looks like something out of Transylvania. But the mountain looks different than it did yesterday. Suddenly everything is in bloom. We went from brown to green overnight.
Spring has arrived in a big way on the mountain. And tonight the tree frogs started their annual migration across Stagg Hill. (For some reason they cross the road by the thousands from west to east. They do this particularly when it is raining and tonight it is pouring. They make a lot of noise too. You'd swear you were in a jungle or rain forrest. To see this is amazing. Something almost biblical about it. We also had some thunder and lightning. You would think that would scare the cats but they seemed to be enjoying the show. I wish they (The cats) could see the frogs, they would really go nuts.

The two girls below are classmates who were generous enough to slip away with me from class and take part in my bathroom project. No, they don't typically smoke in the men's room, but I think they like the concept.

Smoking in the men's room. Beats listening to a lecture any day! Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 23, 2005


I'm getting such a good time from my students, former and current. I have to remind myself occasionally why I teach. Sara (See below) took some classes with me. No, that's not how she got pregnant - wise ass! But it is fun watching some of these people grow. (In Sara's case she is growing in more than one way)
I hope it is as good for them as it is for me.

Very prego Posted by Hello

Soft... Blue... and Prego Posted by Hello

Friday, April 22, 2005

Softer still Posted by Hello

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Soft... Posted by Hello

Keep on Trucking!

My van broke the 200,000 mile mark yesterday. Truly a milestone. It owes me nothing. It has carried me to 3 college degrees, a house, a wedding, a Superbowl, and some interesting stops along the way. Some of you have tolerated it's loud and bumpy ride. A few of you have changed costume in it. Without it I might never have known you. I hope it's replacement treats me half as well.

200,000 miles. On the van, not me! Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005


In spite of my irreverence, I remain blessed. The Irish Catholic kid in spite of himself must be doing something right or I wouldn't be this fortunate. I have a friend who marvels at my friends. They come from all generations, walks of life and social strata.
He marvels that many of them are not only younger than I, but that many are women. Some of them terribly attractive women. He asks me, how do you do that? How do you surround yourself with so many great people? Why are so many of them so attractive? So talented? So brilliant? So generous? So warm?

I don't have an answer. You might ask them, I won't. (Never look a gift horse in the mouth)

Oh what a lucky man.

Veritas...  Posted by Hello

Muse... Posted by Hello

Detail... Posted by Hello

Like a window to your soul... Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005

Late night/Early morning visitor

I was bored, it's stuffy in this office and it's like 3:30 AM. So I tell my semi-conscious colleague I'm going to step outside for some fresh air. It's kinda mild out so it's actually refreshing. So there I am enjoying the moment and this dark SUV goes by and stops at the corner. Then backs up to where I am. So I'm thinking they are lost, need directions.
The driver's side door opens and out folds this woman, she is tall, long legs and smiling from ear to ear. Then I realize I know this woman. A former student, Laura. She sits on the steps and we talk for almost 45 minutes about art, life, and our time together. It doesn't occur to me to ask what she is doing out on a Monday morning at this hour but her visit is such a welcome break. As she leaves she asks if she can visit here again. Needless to say she is welcome. I can't help that this is like sneaking out of a really boring lecture to make images. I have to go outside more often. I have to slip away from class more often. I have to invite people to drop in here. So drop in!

Oh, the below-posted image is by one of my very talented students Yana.

Will that be paper or plastic? Posted by Hello