Mindport Musings

An ongoing meditation on the arts, sciences, education, and whatever other
ideas we’re preoccupied with at the moment, leavened with occasional
announcements of current events at Mindport.


The pipe organ I’ve been working on for a year is finally installed in Mindport’s gallery. Like many people who have built organs, I’m not an accomplished keyboard player, so it’s really a treat when someone with the… Read More

The Inner Life of Cats

This is the part of Lenny’s life that ISN’T inner. His exterior carcass is hogging my chair. Some nights there’s a cat on BOTH of our favorite chairs. Why do we put up with this? Well, my theory… Read More

In the Gallery: Recommended Reading Links

I found quite a few interesting articles about letter writing, the postal service, and on-line forms of communication in the process of putting together the mail show currently at Mindport.  All the articles are available to be read… Read More

In the Gallery

The mail show is up!  Write On: Going Postal in the Age of E-mail is on display through February 6.  Come enjoy this varied collection of mail – old and new – and send some of your own…. Read More

Nipper Prints out his Wish List

“Nipper,” the RCA Victor dog, now visiting in Mindport’s gallery window, was one of the most famous advertising icons of the early 20th century. Nipper (1884-1895), born in England, served as the model for a painting by Francis… Read More

Looking Up

Winter in the Northwest is traditionally a time of clouds. Like bird watchers in the summer, we cloud watchers find our heyday during the season of storms and atmospheric ferment. In these days of economic disaster what better… Read More

“A Book About Noise”

I’ve just finished another book dealing with one of my pet gripes, noise: The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise, by Garret Keiser.  It approaches the subject from a perspective that has barely been… Read More

The Island Quilters

The latest work of The Island Quilters opens tonight in Mindport’s gallery and runs until December 31th. These three women from Lummi Island have been meeting together to share ideas and humor since 2004. Their last show in… Read More

What We’re Reading Now

Sometimes books come along that, like a wise, sympathetic, and inspiring friend, let you know you are not alone in your beliefs, preferences, or habits.  Open the cover, read a few lines, and suddenly you’re part of a… Read More

Organ Progress

Here’s the organ set up on sawhorses in my shop at home, where I construct most of my exhibits for Mindport. The cover is off the keyboard console and in the process of being varnished. On the floor,… Read More