Category Archives: Ohio


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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Birdsong after rain

. The best birdsong comes after hard rain when severed tree limbs drip green gelid water, car alarms clash with keening ambulances in spongy air. There comes a pause. Then birds never noticed cry across my body from the window … Continue reading

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“We ought to make the pie higher” – Pres. George W. Bush

. Berries are ripe, falling off the bush, chipmunks leaving them half-eaten on rock stools (little buggers!) Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, currents, lingon berries, elderberries, gooseberries, blue berries, thimble berries. They alllll make good pie. This is my wife’s pie, make … Continue reading

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“All nature is but art, unknown to thee”

. Went for a walk in the cemetery, I do that a lot. But never before saw this tree which said to me do you know who is buried here?

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Driving home in an old truck, listening to Patsy Cline on the radio

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the problem with teenagers today…

. … is that they just don’t get involved with their local 4H Clubs, like this high school student at the 2006 Muskingham County Fair.

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“the pure products of america”

“… while the imagination strains after deer going by fields of goldenrod in the stifling heat of September somehow it seems to destroy us It is only in isolate flecks that something is given off No one to witness and … Continue reading

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Human Toilets! Parade the Circle, 2005

Most years a rite of spring is attending Parade the Circle in my town, at which the unleashed creative demons of one half million artists and parents and kids are molded into one gently flowing column of surprise. Dancers on … Continue reading

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The first bicycles: Penny-farthing, high wheel, high wheeler, Man slicer, and boneshaker.

On my way back from a triathlon somewhere in western Ohio, one of those small towns near Troy or Ada immortalized by Sherwood Anderson in Winesberg, Ohio, I spotted these members of an old-time bicycle club out for a Sunday … 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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