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Persephone, 51″ x 27″ x 15″, 2021

Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Meet Persephone, 51″ x 27″ x 15″, 2021, my first backyard sculpture. Right leg placed over 2 metal rods stuck in ground, then leg filled with cement.

Had a plethera of found objects to add (wings and bull horns and frogs & butterflies and railroad spikes and rockinghorse heads and arms & legs and muy mucho mas more), but she seems happy with the crystal, wire, and whatever electronic cable component this is (along with the wear and tear of her past) . . . of course that could change.


bison onto shuffalo

Friday, July 30th, 2021

bison onto shuffalo . . .

Your Mama Won’t Like Me – Suzi Quatro
Poverty Train – Laura Nyro
I Was in the House When the House Burned Down – Warren Zevon
Colour Blind – Poly Styrene
On My Radio – The Selectors
Stuff Is Way – They Might Be Giants
Little Liars – Ida Mae
Speak Out – Rising Appalachia w/ Ani Difranco
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tracy Bonham
Strong Feelings – Dry Cleaning
Woman – Susheela Raman
Trillium – Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band
If Jesus Drove A Motor Home – Jim White w/ Aimee Mann
The Reoccurring Dream – Joni Mitchell
Shoo Lie Loo – Ranky Tanky
Finger Pies – Anika


ex-plantlady Kevorkian

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Lady used to call herself the Plant Kevorkian cuz she killed any green she touched, which is odd since Green is one of her maiden surnames.

But since we moved into this 140 yr-old house with a bit of backland, she’s taken up gardening and landscaping. She’s begun slate paths, built a brick patio for our beehive, dug a small fishpool, is bricking the firepit area, and is growing all kinds of plants, flowers, fruits, and veggies.

This is our first winter-spring-summer here, and she’s already transformed the place. Who knows what next spring will bring.


weird shuffled edge, middle, old . . .

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

weird shuffled edge, middle, old . . .

Glueland – Do Nothing
Money Jungle – Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach
Mainline Prosperity Blues – Mimi & Richard Farina
Bill Gates – Critters Buggin
A Swamp Dog’s Tale – Goat Girl
Istanbul (Not Constantinoble) – They Might Be Giants
Gimme the Car – Violent Femmes
Rhumba Blues – Little Willie Littlefield
I’m Waiting for the Man – The Velvet Underground
Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
The Snake and the Moon – Dead Can Dance
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk
Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies
The Protege – John Cale & Terry Riley
Boogie in the Dark – Jimmy Reed
Monkey in a Silo – Jim White
God is God – Juno Reactor


4 deer, 1 dog

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

Four deer in park
One dog off leash
One man calling


Ralph Philip “Pappy” Smith, 1922-89

Tuesday, 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.


How We Hookd Up, 4-pg comic by Lady

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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


shuffle humor

Tuesday, 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


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