A Single Level

First try: internal sense and eyeball; tap in the nails, hang it, step back, and nope, not level. Second: remove glasses for undistorted adjustment; rehang, step back, and still no. Third: spend 10 minutes finding level, 2 more finding pencil, mark the wall, rehang,...

Live Fulfillment

In the front window of our home are myriad potted plants. My favorite container is cylindrical and tall—its height about twice its consistent diameter: not squat and flared upward like most. The pot’s patterned relief accentuates the contrast of its pale greens and...

The Whole of Creation

White Rock Lake lies less than a mile from my house. I walk, drive, or ride along its banks daily. Mallards are so common that runners and cyclists have to avoid colliding with hens fleeing from courting drakes or leading duckling broods. Other waterfowl include...

He May Be Found

When the moon is waxing I occasionally set up my telescope to watch her pursue Apollo toward sunset. Dusky cerulean provides variety from the normally black backdrop of my nighttime lunar images, and should a high-flying bird or an airplane ever happen to cross the...

Creator and Sustainer

I am riding at as quick a clip as I can maintain—until I see a formerly relaxed dog rise hackles-up head-down to pursue. I quickly realize I have another 50% or so of pedal power in reserve. But not even my adrenalin-assisted surge suffices to outpace the...