Category Archives: Estonia


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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Margaret Atwood, in Tallinn

. “Welcome to Alaska, where all the women are men, and the men are animals.”

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I get held up on a walk

. What happens when we go for a walk? A kind of floating in the world, you might say a “stream” of being, only nothing we meet is a metaphor. Just opposite – we say we “clear our heads.” Things … Continue reading

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Hot Shower on a Hot Day

. Sometimes a hot shower on a hot day is just what I need, sweating when I enter, sweating and clean when I emerge. Going to a job interview once, I forgot my tie, felt sharp eyes, I got the … Continue reading

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Cabin in Estonia

. This is my sister-in-law’s cabin in south Estonia, built of reused logs from a nearby century house that was taken down. It’s built in traditional style around a huge central fireplace/stove/heater — a few pieces of wood heat the … Continue reading

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. In May, the market exploding with new greens, ramps and onions from drugged grey farms dormant all winter, we find morels, withered and brown, “they wintered over,” says the woman. The price is ridiculous, less than the cost of … Continue reading

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Are you ready for winter?

. Yes, I know that it’s summer, and you are exciting by watching your tomato plants grow. One thing I admire about the northern climes is the way people think ahead. In Scandinavia, they are repairing the fences, the roofs, … Continue reading

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The Power of the Light

. After an arduous day — wallpaper scraping for me, many meetings for my wife — we stopped into a nearby church as we were walking back home from the city. We stopped because there were cute children running in … Continue reading

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Head aega! Tallinn Art Museum

. They figured out what to do with all the “busts,” centuries’ worth of heads that must have driven curators crazy. Where to place the Caesars, the Plinys, the Napoleons disconcertingly large, the Agamenon, the factitious Homer — the French … Continue reading

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This is not a Door

This is not a door, this is not a wall, this is not a house, this is not a screen, this is not a computer, this is not the cloud, this is the passage, this is a hall and a … Continue reading

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