dog: a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship. (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary)Here’s an etegami I did of a friend’s dog, Giles.… Continue reading

pick one

“pick one, / let’s have it for dinner” (hitotsu moide gohan ni shyou)   This etegami features a curvaceous butternut squash I had for dinner recently. The heat of summer must have me… Continue reading

you are buddhaful

This is a long-overdue post, drafted in winter about a winter fruit called the Buddha’s Hand citron. I was reminded of this draft while catching up with the GastroPod podcast, which recently had… Continue reading

Arboreal animal

Woohoo, look what I found… a New Year’s card I forgot to post. This one I sent to my mom, a big genealogy nerd. She has traced our ancestry back to god himself!… Continue reading

light as a gourd

just one possession, my world light as a gourd もの一つ / 我が世はかろき / 瓢かな I had a leftover gourd painting from autumn, 2015, and found this haiku by Basho to finish it off. This… Continue reading

Sunset in LeDroit Park

Last month I took this photo, at 5:01pm, at the corner of 5th St and T St, NW, in my neighborhood in DC, LeDroit Park. I finally worked on a few watercolors of… Continue reading

Happy New Year of the Monkey, 2016

  I’m a day late in posting these — both virtually, here on the the blog, as well as posting the old-fashioned way, in the mail. The new year, 2016, is the year… Continue reading

be still

“Be still, and know that I am god.” Psalm 46:10 Etegami of a late-autumn sunflower, bowing down under the weight of the flower, from a photo I took in my neighborhood, at the… Continue reading

Consider the lilies

“Consider the lilies” This etegami features a line that I thought originated from a couple of 19th-century poets I’m familiar with —  a poem by Christina Rosetti and a personal letter by Emily… Continue reading

it’s decorative gourd season…

Etegami usually (um, never?) features curse words. But, I couldn’t resist, after reading this 2009 essay from McSweeney’s, “It’s decorative gourd season, motherfuckers,” by Colin Nissan. I especially love the part about Diff’rent… Continue reading