The Typewriter Revolution

When is old tech sexy? And to whom? And why?

Typewriters are in and are selling for between $250 and $600 at Oblation Papers in Portland, Oregon. Creamy paper combined with darkest ribbon black and the slight indent of courier font leaves a sillage of nostalgia to the tune of a carriage return chorus and ringing keystrokes.

The typewriter played a prominent role in the Churchill movie Darkest Hour. The strike of Remington key slugs slamming the carriage with growing surety firing words into battle with singular aim and created a character that should have had credits of its own.

Fittingly, the movie Trumbo, about a blacklisted screenwriter who continued to write under other’s names, also had a typewriter cast member, a Royal. Cigar smoke figures heavily in both films.

The typewriter shows up in airports even. Terminal 2 at the San Francisco Airport displays “The Typewriter: An Innovation in Writing”. Focused on industrial engineering, the exhibit shows off an impressive collection of advancements. Through Jan 28, 2018.

And last but not least, Blue Moon Camera in Portland, Oregon also sells vintage typewriters along with vintage cameras. The connection between the two technologies is a bit vague for me other than both are old tech.

Big Boy’s Big Brother

As a child we used to go to Big Boy for a special outing for desert. This lumberjack must be Big Boy’s big brother…or Big Boy all grown up.


Shoes Explained



Nuff said.

Pomp & Circumstance

Pomp & circumstance and ceremony emphasize presentation.  When presentation and function amplify one another, you’ve got design. When presentation and function are independent, or one is more important than the other, you’ve got something else.


Planning the New Year, Again


I don’t know about you but planning for the new year, any new year, seems like an exercise in frustration. But so does NOT planning what I want to have happen in the new year. So I started a list, several times. Still don’t have a final one.

I remind myself. Progress not perfection. Glass half full not half empty. In the midst of abundant dreams focus on a specific few this year.

It’s a discovery process. Setting goals means finding out which ones you are willing to sacrifice for, say no to other things for and which ones you are surprisingly not. It’s quite fine to discover you didn’t really want something as badly as you thought. What’s not okay is to waste the time I / you have been given. Invest in being all that you are capable of being.

Plain Reimagined


I walked upstairs right underneath this hanging sculpture and didn’t even notice it. Heading back downstairs, the soft mid-morning winter light played the glass like bells, ringing out the dusty stems and slapping a resounding white outline on the bowl of each glass.

A kitchen cabinet, reimagined. Functional form turned into beauty by arrangement, placement and light.

What can we reimagine today?

Roses in the Snow

Seeing roses in the snow gives me hope. Hope that beautiful things can flourish in inhospitable circumstances. The snow and freezing temps did not damage these beauties. They persisted, vibrantly. So may we. When snow falls and frost fingers our story, so may we.