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Notice to ANOTHER EYE OPEN subscribers

June 1, 2018

dear friends,

I’ve always appreciated having people interested enough in my blog to “subscribe,” so that you get an email notification when I post something new on Another Eye Opens.

Sadly, the world we live in today is overrun with hackers and malware-spreaders.

For my protection and for yours, I have decide to delete the subscription feature from the blog. I will still continue to post new stuff at my usual irregular intervals, but you won’t be notified about them. You will have to check in with the site periodically to see what’s new — and I hope you will!

all best wishes,


Quote of the day: THINK

November 16, 2017


Think in ways you’ve never thought before.
If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message
Larger than anything you’ve ever heard,
Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.

Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,
Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose
Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers
A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.

When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about
To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,
Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s
Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.

–Robert Bly, “Things to Think”

In this week’s New Yorker

March 12, 2017

The March 13 issue is especially strong in both the feature well and the back of the book. I was edified by:

  • Jake Halpern’s report on a safe house in Buffalo designed to help refugees making their way to Canada from the U.S.;
  • “The Polymath,” the ever-brilliant Alec Wilkinson’s profile of Jack White, whose music (the White Stripes, etc.) has never interested me but who turns out to be a fascinating, adventurous, productive guy;
  • “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal,” Adam Davidson’s excellent follow-the-money expose of the current president’s unlawful business dealing with a legendarily corrupt Azerbaijani family — there are clearly innumerable stories like this to be told, not likely to result in impeachment given the Republican strangehold on Congress, but it’s an in-depth account of the thriving world of international corruption;
  • Ariel Levy’s characteristically exquisite and intimate profile of Catherine Opie, renowned photographer of communities on the edge (the New Yorker website and tablet app include a portfolio of 15 amazing Opie portraits and landscapes, including “Self-Portrait/Nursing,” below);


Quote of the day: LIFE

March 24, 2016


Life is not to be taken seriously. Most people are dumb as fuck. If you look at their voting habits and their eating habits, you realize people are stupid. So we could talk about stupid people or we could just stay with smart people who know how to have fun and not even focus on what dumb people do. It’s not worth it. I tell you this as someone who’s a smart motherfucker: Don’t waste your time fooling with dumb people or trying to figure them out or trying to educate them. It doesn’t work. It’s a lose-lose situation.

–RuPaul Charles


Photo diary: Magic House by the Lake, pt. 2 (wildlife)

March 11, 2016

2-14 morning at the magic house

Andy stayed overnight the first night. After that, it was just me, the kitties, the array of woodpeckers drawn to the bird feeder, the migrating ducks and geese and swans on the lake, the dazzling amaryllis blossoms, and the fairy at the bottom of the garden.

2-17 feeding time

2-26 stripey woodpecker

2-26 ducks

2-21 red and white amaryll

2-22 tree fairy

There was this fascinating bit of kinetic artwork:

And on the final morning of my retreat, a little bit of drama. Apparently, a feline cell of ISIS kidnaped — or should I say catnaped? — and beheaded this unsuspecting civilian, clearly trying to teach someone a lesson.

2-27 crime scene

This is all that remained in front of the piano. Who knows where the body went — presumably eaten.

2-27 mouse closeup

Prime suspect: Pharoah the Master Mouser.

2-27 pharoah on the run

Runner-up: Chase. Is that a guilty-pretending-to-be-innocent look in his eyes?

2-21 chase mug shot

Apparently there’s a video circulating on MeowTube but I haven’t found it yet…

2-27 don chase


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