“Just A Little Lite Music Show”

Yes, I know: out of format.  The below pictures I took years ago at a downtown Sanford, Florida (USA) street fest



(indoor Alive After Five Second-Thursday monthly street party and inside The Alley Blues Bar (Park Avenue – half the block now!) at its weekly Thursday Blues All Star Jam.  The Jam is one of the first Central Florida blues offerings and Alive After Five is the first downtown street fest as well. Included in this brief album are shots of the entertainment outside along Sanford’s First Street, inside Maya Books & Music, a popular privately held book store which has since reopened across the street from its original location now the latest (of three) additions to the wildly popular Hollerbach’s WillowTreeCafe, a German restaurant whose around-the-corner offerings include a delicatessen and a crafts and arts and costumery shop.  The picture of Gary Holmes – the guy with the chin tickler and the rakish red-feathered Bavarian hat formerly of The Willow Tree, celebrates another around-the-corner at Magnolia Square Sanford Brew Shop where wine, beer (of many kinds)and cheese-making equipment and consumables are offered both in-shop and on-line.











“‘Cause Beer’s Expensive!”

(May 8, 2018)


’cause beer’s expensive:

laundry dries on makeshift lines

and water sun-scalds*


(It’s not just for hurricane and other power-outage situations: I have a pair of number three washtubs, a canoe paddle with three-inch holes drilled  to make “agitation” easier – thank you Sanford Junior High’s principal whose own such paddle adorned the wall behind his desk, which I never got to see first-cheek – and a series of thick black plastic sheets upon which label-less two-liter bottles filled with water from the well heat in six hours of full sun well past 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  When a neighbor lady asked me what’s all the fuss about during one of several long-durrance vile episodes of powerlessness following a big windstorm or hurricane, I shrugged, smiled my most evil grin and said: “because beer’s expensive.”)

“Long-Legged Lady Unwatches” Tanka 1066

(May 11, 2018)


long-legged lady

walks her kid in a pusher

eyes glued to her phone


narrow lakeside* sidewalk and

full boulevard pay no heed


  • (Lake Monroe on he northern shore of Sanford, Florida, USA, has a quaint and still-developing brisk noontime walk-and-drive trade, especially before the midges become a constant bother in the still windless lulls.  The sidewalks, too, teem with strollers, power walkers, cyclists who scoff at the law that says serve your sentence in the streets, skateboarders, and the like. This particular lady has a toddler in an abbreviated “basket” slung on wheels with little overhead sunshade and she – in almost a half-minute of watching her and child – not once took her adult eyes off the big-screen called cellphone.  Child abuse anyone?” Cars, motorcycles, trucks, scooters – and that’s just what’s confined on Seminole Boulevard by the lake: what’s coming up from behind and what’s coming at her from the opposite direction on that narrow – just big enough for two medium-sized adults abreast – is potentially fraught with danger.  And my overblown imagination says the mom is a perfect candidate for “helicopter” wings.)