Category Archives: California


The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Giants are dying

. I remember when my feet were winter-cold standing in the June snow, looking up into this Sequoia with the sun shining and on the moon, 300 feet overhead! Today I read in the New York Times that the giants … Continue reading

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An ocean like a garment

. What beckons when we gaze is the cross-stitching of wind and wave, an ocean like a garment we could wear. What waves when we beckon is not there, gone already but setting sun-soothing into stitching us. What garments when … Continue reading

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Are these children safe?

. Are your children safe? Are anyone’s children safe? As publicity about crimes against children has increased, so has the anxiety about children’s safety. But are children really in more danger now than they were before? When I was a … Continue reading

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“Boredom becomes more and more terrible”

” He smoked a cigarette, standing in the dark and listening to her undress. She made sea sounds; something flapped like a sail; there was the creak of ropes; then he heard the wave-against-a-wharf smack of rubber on flesh. Her … Continue reading

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Remember when strawberries tasted like something?

Or more precisely, do you remember when strawberries tasted like some place ? These days strawberries are either as sweet as saccharine or, at this time of year, as pulpy as cardboard. When the picture above was taken, in New … Continue reading

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License plates for fun, hobby, art, and fetish

When I moved to Utah back in college, I met a guy who used his old plates as, well, you wouldn’t call it art — although his father was a painter and had started this family habit — but as … Continue reading

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside, California

Just when you think Southern California is going to sear your differentiation faculties to a uniform beige and green, you run into this historic treasure. Ojala! Founded on June 13, 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén, this church and its compound, … Continue reading

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Palm Springs (Marilyn Monroe eternally in the sun)

It does not get any clearer than this, and I am not talking about weather. The two- or is it three-story, plastic statue of Marilyn glazed and gazing south into that eternal sun of Palm Springs, surrounded by the moneyed … Continue reading

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The Loneliness of Airports

If you are lucky, a kiss in a corner, stolen from spacious indifference. You could die here but no one does, that we would hear about. Anomie would be destroyed. If there were only death, danger, love in O’Hare, La … Continue reading

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