Thank you Met Opera! I am listening to Puccini’s verismo opera Turandot airing on KDFC in my little apartment on the anniversary of its premiere in 1926. Please check out my March 6, 2016 post that asks, “Will Turandot figure out what true love means?” It was part of short weblog series on this site using a trade wind bead motif called “The Trade Wind Opera Company” done when I was attending San Francisco Opera regularly. Now, with music organizations in hiatus due to COVID-19, the artistry and virtuosity of so many performers can be found on YouTube. I am so grateful to see the best of the best within home settings like my modest home… well, not quite.

Puccini’s verismo opera Turandot is framed within an ancient legend containing three riddles of life and love. In my imaginary landscape it seems relevant to our situation today where we are all making sacrifices for love. Thank you, Liu, for embodying humility and love when some world leaders are not. This surreal flower peaking through a parched earth signifies the human spirit surviving in adversity. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2020.

On this beautiful day…

March 27, 2020

As I escaped my hunker-down today and walked in the fresh breeze in my neighborhood. I watched children play and old folks walk their dogs and it was hard to imagine that there was any threat. I heard a knock, knock, knock from a nearby tree and went closer only to discover a woodpecker totally oblivious to my presence, grateful to observe someone productively at work. I also saw delivery vans from the major companies on their routes and thought of how the drivers have been berated in the past when a parcel landed unceremoniously somewhere close to my front door. Today, I say a silent prayer for all the folks deemed essential who cannot hunker down. I pray that I am using my hunker-down time wisely and with thoughts towards healing. I admire the dandelion that reaches for the sun without thought for contagion only the instinct to keep growing. Thank you friends around the globe who have let me know you are okay, I hope you are enjoying some fresh, clean air (a byproduct of millions of people hunkering down) on this beautiful day.

Quiet time…

March 16, 2020

Into the whale’s belly… am I stuck, or am I free? Be well, everyone. Drawn by Meredith Eliassen

Thanks Met Opera!

March 14, 2020

After having dug for some grub, it is a relief to have a musical escape. Stay well everyone.


March 10, 2020

Just a quick sketch in the clean air… grateful for the day and the company of a good tree…
Drawing by Meredith Eliassen, March 7, 2020

Happy New Decade!

January 1, 2020

Zorro seems to think that he is a little fox hiding in the foliage, but we see you. Each decade emerges like a fox camouflaged as just another year with the hint of winter but no sign yet of the new growth of spring. Happy New Year and New Decade design by Meredith Eliassen, 2020.
To all of my friends, wherever you are in the world, I wish you blessings and peace… A jazzy gopher in the ‘hood popped up to say happy holidays… I have only seen one of her eyes at a time when we have greeted each other, so the front on face is an imagining. Design my Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Break time… over.

December 14, 2019

Starting up again on my little book project, but I wanted to get something up on the blog.
Ram design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Two cats, which meows?

December 12, 2019

A little rain falls and the flowers blossom in December… two cats walk, tails linked, a sight to remember. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.