Beaux gosses

Do what you’re told, and everything will be all right. – Norman Jewison It’s the dog. It’s Bruce. You must confess, you just don’t like him that much. Your sister Julie agrees with you that the drooling is pretty gross. “But a guy’s gotta fart,” she says. You don’t laugh. Maybe someday you will find … Read more

Ya saber ayyoub

A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. – Dr. James Dobson The original title for this week’s feature painting was Madame l’Inspectrice et son chien Boris. It didn’t stick. Neither did Crisse de grosses chipies. Understandably so. The first one, a little boring, fails to capture … Read more

Who’s walking who?

Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted. – Proverbs 17:8 Under a crescent moon, a dog takes her cat for a walk. Steadily forward this dog moves, unafraid of the dark, sure of her footing on the flat, even terrain. She could stop … Read more

Nothing more

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. – Henry Ford A woman in a coonskin cap stands at the window, her footless legs as rooted to the floor as the plant beside her is rooted to its pot. This pot is blue, like the woman’s pants and tunic, its clusters … Read more

The sweetest goodbye

Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight. What more is there to say than goodnight? – Jimmy Durante “Allô, bonjour,” says the bird. “Allô, bonjour,” it says again three days later. “Allô, bonjour!” say the others that have gathered around it on this bright, sunny last day of June. In a couple hours, the movers will arrive to pick … Read more

Wash it all clean

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. –Orhan Pamuk In the Jeux olympiques maison (30 April 2021), two athletes compete in the Stack the Blocks on the Tower of Drawers Behind a Vase Full of Long, Skinny Branches Covered in Little Red Flowers game. Will the green team win, or … Read more

Don’t bring it with you

Picture your dream home. I bet it’s not filled with clutter. – Joshua Becker It starts with Adho Mukha Shvanasana and ends 22 days later with Balasana. Ten dogs, all of them doing yoga. Impatiently. Peevishly. Ten colored pencil pieces, all of them made at one of the little round tables outside Café Regular du … Read more