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...and they lived happily ever after. Smith & Lady: poets, artists, photographers & adventurers.
Our relationship was forged to the soundtrack of Yoko Ono's magic,
frenetic, love-laden song, "Walking On Thin Ice." ( play song )

4 deer, 1 dog

July 17th, 2021

Four deer in park
One dog off leash
One man calling


Ralph Philip “Pappy” Smith, 1922-89

July 13th, 2021

Ralph Philip “Pappy” Smith, 1922-89

Dad dead 32 years.

Wish I’d known him better, but I left home at 17, ignorant.

We loved each other. But while I respected him, he found me weird. When I mentioned I’d made the Dean’s List at Loyola College, he said he couldn’t respect me because of my shoulder-length hair. He later upgraded me when I started getting newspaper and magazine articles on my art and poetry.

He was a brick-block-stone mason, and I made good money summers as his hodcarrier from 14-17.

Pappy was a good man. Honest. And funny. Folk liked and trusted him, were talking of running him for local office.

Lady thinks I get my sense of humor from him. Some of these fotos suggest that may be true.

1st foto below is his contribution to my 1975 art journal.


no way to improve on this musical haiku

July 13th, 2021

A perfect 3-song shuffle last night as I sat in the dark listening to rain.

Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
Rivers – Skinny Puppy
Switch Blade – Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach

Was going to see what the A.I. chose for song four, but realized there was no way to improve on this musical haiku, and went to bed instead.


1-page Lady comic

July 13th, 2021

A 1-page comic by Lady: The Lucky Sevens.

I come across as crazy in this one.


How We Hookd Up, 4-pg comic by Lady

July 12th, 2021


Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s the 3rd of her 4 comics, titled How We Hooked Up. Could be from southern France 2007 or Mexico 2007-9… post 4th comic tomorrow.

This one begins “When I first heard Smith I thought he was one sick fuck. His poems were filthy. But admirable. He came to readings wearing 20 year old enigmatic t-shirts and black jeans and reeking of marijuana. He looked like an extra for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

So she can’t say she didn’t know what she was getting into when we hooked up 16 years ago.

Click on link to read comic; the link for succeeding pages at bottom of each page.


she do out, i do in

July 11th, 2021

Doing chores this rainy Sunday… I’m washing the bed sheets, cleaning up the kitchen dishes, charging the batteries and our doorbell – while Lady is out in the garage trying to organize the chaos from our October move… bit of gender reversal here.

3rd foto is one of her collages — The Smithsonian Experience
2nd is with her rescue golden labrador Marlowe
1st foto I can’t remember



3-page Lady comic from southern France 2007

July 11th, 2021

THESE 3 fotos are parts of the comic pages click on link to read comic

Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s 2 of 4, from when we lived in southern France for 2 months in 2007… post the next 2 one-a-day.


THESE 3 fotos are parts of the comic pages click on link to read comic


comix by Lady… Mexico, maybe 2008

July 10th, 2021

THESE 2 fotos are parts of the comic pages CLICK on LINK for comic

Lady started doing comix during our 2006-9 living outside the U.S.

Here’s 1 of 4… post the next 3 one-a-day.

THESE 2 fotos are parts of the comic pages CLICK on LINK for comic 

2 pages… toggle link at bottom of comix


shuffle humor

July 6th, 2021

sometimes shuffle has sense of humor

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
Tried to Be a Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Dig, Lazarus, Dig – Nick Cave
My Brain – Mose Allison
Johnny – Suicide
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk
Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
I’d Rather Be a Devil – Guadalupe Plata
Know Your Rights – The Clash
Mother Tongue – Dead Can Dance
Friction – Television
My Shit’s Fucked Up – Kinky Friedman
Walking Into Battle With The Lord – Chumbawamba


skunked again

July 6th, 2021
Dog got skunked again. On today’s walk in the new MetroPark across the street, 3 skunks came out of the woods behind me and Marlowe lunged. Didn’t see a skunk spray, but he got some of it. Lady washed him in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish detergent. You’re not supposed to wash with water because that locks the stink in, according to The Net. Seems to have been a light dose. This was the north path of Brighton Park, my favorite, and now I don’t trust it. Skunks are theoretically nocturnal, and this was a bright sun attack.
Two skunkings in 9 months.
from The Net: Mix together:
1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
Wearing rubber gloves, wash with this solution immediately after the spraying occurs. DO NOT get the solution in eyes. (If you don’t have peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap on hand, use vinegar diluted with water.)
Caution: Do NOT store this mixture or make it ahead of time, as the mixture could explode if left in a bottle.
Rub the mixture all over and scrub deep to neutralize the odor — however, if you’re washing your dog or cat, don’t leave the mixture on longer than you have to as peroxide can bleach fur. Rinse the solution off thoroughly, and the smell should be gone.


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