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.

Small Wonders for the Weekend: Pressed Leaves

A few years ago, a woman I’d been working with for a few months but hadn’t gotten to know well, opened her Russian-English dictionary to find a word, and out fluttered small, pressed, purple flowers. Pages later there… Read More

Small Wonders for the Weekend: Party Trick

Do classic science demonstrations also make good party tricks? I suppose it depends upon the party, but I’m inclined to say yes. What party wouldn’t benefit from a little play and a little magic (otherwise known as physics)?… Read More

This Week at/around Mindport

Join us for a screening of the documentary Raise the Roof, at the Pickford Cinema, Thursday, October 22.  There will be light refreshments at 5:30, followed by the film at 6:30, and a twenty-minute Q & A afterwards,… Read More

Small Wonders for the Weekend: Quick Books

  Some days I end up needing a little break from consuming content, and want to create some instead – a chance to attend to some thoughts for myself or capture a few to share with a friend… Read More

Small Wonders for the Weekend: Bubble Prints

Over the last year, I’ve had the good fortune to meet weekly with a young person who likes nothing more than to play, experiment, build things, and continuously, and often rather messily, extend the limits of any given… Read More


Lately I’ve run across several ads for doodle coloring books, not to speak of articles about the act of doodling like this one. Being a veteran doodler myself, having the subject come wafting through the noosphere caught my… Read More

Terror vs Terroir

I’ve read several articles lately about the rapid increase in consumption in this country of anti-anxiety drugs and anti-depressants. Sometimes I’m afflicted myself with sufficient anxiety about the general state of the world, environment, and economy that I… Read More

Second Annual Summer Writing Workshop

 We are excited to announce the second year of our week-long summertime creative writing intensive with New York-based writer Whitney Wimbish.  This workshop is a chance for six women, ages 17 and up, to practice and hone their… Read More

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

On the island where I live, a number of young people have performed the decorations you will see represented in a collection of photos that will hang in Mindport’s gallery commencing the third week of January, 2015. The… Read More

Gallery Show: The Language of Rock

A new selection of my photos will be hanging in Mindport’s gallery for the next couple months. These images were collected on the Oregon Coast in the vicinity  of the towns of Gold Beach and Cannon Beach, where… Read More