sunny darius reigns economically in greece & Argentina

nazy and Dan in Memphis

Who would talk about economics in Greece and Argentina? (Right after his birthday?) Would the same person talk about the virtues of Democracy in North Korea? Was the sun really hiding? And why did it matter? When did the Budget Gourmet prepare a $10 Persian Meal?


birthday venus with surprised day-long spa in 1394

mitra stefan and tiger closeup

Was it a coincidence that there was a conjunction of Venus and the Moon on Nazy’s birthday? How did Nazy and Dan make appropriate arrangements for good luck in the year 1394? (Does retroactive good luck count?) Who parked next to a California Prickly Pear Cactus - and then watched his spouse attempt to get out of the car? What do spas, shoes, dinners and family all have in common?


nazy with tiger at lotus land

Is it possible to celebrate Persian New Year with a yellow hyacinth instead of a gold fish? Do Koi and goldfish get along together? More precisely, would you rather be the Koi or the goldfish?). Who knows the half-life of toxic Eucalyptus saw dust? Can a baby outtalk a docent? And who is ‘an enemy of the average’? Read More...

broken: exhibit, watch and tree. Missing: whales and ME

mitra, naz and Stefan in Hammer museum March 2015

Why does an expertly negotiated free replacement cost money? Why do Los Angeles museums go on alert when Dan is in the city? On a related note: Why is Dan unable to read the ‘do not touch’ sign? What color hyacinth has the most beautiful fragrance thereby making it the best choice for Persian New Year? How can anyone miss a whale boat? And, why does the homeowners association want to harpoon the Eucalyptus tree? Read More...

prowling tiger pokes words into practiced focus

Melika and Tiger Feb 2015 outdoors

Why does eye doctor advise go in one ear and out the other? Why is Dan relearning how to read? Is the now very mobile grand(est)son clairvoyant? Does clairvoyance imply fine motor control? Will readers be surprised by the self-destruction of a paragraph in this week’s edition of The Weekly Letter? How long does it take the high-tech international banking system to clear an international check? Read More...

Melika birthday colors crash eucalyptus branch and salmon

Tom and Tiger Swimming Feb 2015

Why did Melika push Ronnie off of the swing? (And how old was she when she did it?) What do Santa Barbara, San Diego, New Orleans and Miami have in common. (Hint: It’s not a Nittany Lion.) Can a 100 foot high Eucalyptus Tree mimic an earthquake? Will the local ecology police fine Dan for harboring undocumented flora? Finally, can Dan see with his new eyes and new color-correcting sunglasses? Read More...

baby grand(est)son uses duct tape to fix translucent eye

melika and standing baby

Was Dan’s surgeon really using duct tape? Why is a pirate eye patch not in the cards? Do you need two fully functional eyes in order to have adequate depth perception? How did Dan repurpose his thesis to a solve a practical problem? ’Who is “babying” the baby? (And Why?) Read More...