Friday, June 29, 2007

Full Moon Tonight

Letterman Show

Ryan and Owen testing out the furniture at the Letterman Show. It was fun to see Letterman and Robin Williams but the superstar in the greenroom was clearly Mike Phillips. A pleasure to meet you Michael

Friday, June 15, 2007

Smiling Faces

Nice to see these smiles.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Cloud Nine

Alice brought Peter home from the hospital today. This long, long, long week is ending. We are all on cloud nine.

With Love and Sympathy for Alice's Sister

Playwright and director David Mamet remembers Chris Kaldor
5:00 p.m.

Patrick O’Brien wrote “When have you ever known a village reputation to be wrong?” The town of Cabot is, in the forty-some years I have known it, as close as one might come to a nineteenth-century village. There is the town green, and there are the three stores, Mike’s Garage, Larry’s grocery store and Harry’s hardware store.

The hardware store is the same, four-post-porticoed General store structure which still dots Vermont. It was the country store in photos one hundred twenty years ago, and so it remains. The New England tradition made its proprietor the de-facto mayor of the town: his store was the post-office, bank, coffee shop, informal retreat of the Elders, emporium, and font of that local entertainment, gossip.

The village reputation is known to all: who is fair, and who is dissolute, who can be relied upon and who must be merely tolerated. The village is the opposite of our current American transiency, and, as such, a living picture of the morals of an earlier age. Village inhabitants do not choose their leaders lightly, for no one has either time for or interest in fools, nor for the dubious entertainment of cross-weighing the lies of the professional politicians.

The office of Town Clerk (that is, of Mayor) of Cabot was held for more than 15 years by my friend Chris Kaldor. The town of Cabot trusted him to protect its interest in the schools and the streets, the lights, and tax-rolls, and in short, with the legitimate concerns of government.

The town elected him time and again,, they trusted him, as they had given him a good view, and had come to know him, in his years, as the owner of the hardware store.
He came from Annapolis twenty-some years ago, with a young wife and child, and bought Bunchy Cookson’s store.

His customers and their families had been patronizing the store for generations, and Chris, sitting behind the counter, going in the back to find a bolt or mix a can of paint, or tell or listen to a story, suited them; and when he chose to run they elected him Town Clerk, and would have kept electing him as long as he chose to run.

This week he died.

I’d been with him in California last Tuesday, and, on Monday I was called to say he’d passed away, after he’d flown back to Vermont. I was his friend for twenty-some years. I remember him (as last week) on various movie sets, where he’d come to play a part, I remember him behind the counter at Harrry’s Hardware, I remember hunting with him in the snow, and coming upon him, sitting on a stone wall, still as a statue, a part of the woods.

Many of us remember his gift with and love of words, not a few of them unprintable; but I am struck to recall that my over riding memories are, to the contrary, of him listening. People talked to him at the store, and they talked to him as Town Clerk, because he listened; and, when he replied, it was to-the-point, commonsensical and kind. We saw him frequently perturbed, occasionally angry, but no one ever saw him thoughtless, cruel, or false.

He took all of his responsibilities to heart—as a husband, as a father, as a Town official, as a son, as a friend; and Cabot quietly adopted him and he became a pillar of the town. Without show or fanfare, as a matter-of-course, he spent his life trying first to determine, and, then, to do the right thing.

David Mamet

Either/Or... post Kierkegaard

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."

Carlos Castenada

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


"The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart."

Pema Chodron

Friday, June 08, 2007

Great News

Wonderful news today from Sloan Kettering.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


A beautiful presentation by the Spiritree artists today bringing to life a Chinese Fable with elementary school students.

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Next Few Days

A good current, a good, deep, powerful and pure current, the one that my brother who inspires me with his grace and dignity surely deserves... is required now, along with all the prayers the heavens lean down to hear. We can't be in your boat but you can be sure we are swimming alongside.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Men and Chainsaws

Thanks for your help CB.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Some Assembly Required

Ever feel like
you should
come with
directions ?

I do.

May into June

"On a full moon
The wind writes poems
Ash branches splayed
In black silhouettes."


Friday, June 01, 2007


Wonderful to hear from Ellen today and looking forward to her visit this weekend. Awarded Best Still Life by the Oil Painters of America, this painting was recently featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine...I will have to ask Ellen for her autograph.