Fire Monks


Zen and the art of fire fighting 3 years ago, beyond Carmel Valley in Cachagua. Their mountain retreat was saved by pure courage, the monks refused to leave what they had built and loved, a handful of the faithful against the flames.

The book they wrote has just been published. 8 pm. Slide show and talk and the very monks themselves! Henry Miller Library tonight. “Fire Monks: the Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara”.

Big Sur & Movie Stars


A traveler came through my gallery this morning and stayed to talk a spell. His first trip here was in the 60’s. His last trip was three years ago when he volunteered to fight the fires.

In the 60’s he’d stopped in front of a Big Sur bulletin board posted with local events. DANCE TONIGHT AT THE GRANGE was on the top with comments scribbled below. Rain expected? and an answer. Will there be food? And an answer. Who’s playing? And an answer. Then, in possibly the best description of this small, proud of itself community, the question Where does Elizabeth Taylor live. Followed by, Who’s Elizabeth Taylor?

Morning stirrings outside the gallery from July 4th revelers, Wanna get a beer and donut?

I love my town.