The view from the porch

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen


Saturday last Electric Hot Tuna played it’s final East Coast (more or less) gig at the Fur Peace Ranch. Our friends truly came from the four corners of the earth to join us for this show. We are a destination, not a way point and I am more than grateful that they took the trouble to join us in moderately remote Darwin, Ohio.

Fall is indeed more than a metaphor for me today. I’m sitting on our back porch and the leaves in front of me are golden fire… but they won’t be for long. The river of time is relentless and long flowing. I used to think about what it would be like to be older and now I am finding out. It has to be OK, so I’ll say, ‘It’s Ok,’ but change is in the wind, some days more than others. I find I just have to be more cautious about everything from walking to playing the guitar. My dad said many times towards the end of his life, ‘Existence is being able to readily adapt to the situations life gives you.

I’m working on it.

I just had a great motorcycle ride through the fall foliage and our dogs, Percy and Maverick flank me on the porch with their quiet strength.

In these troubled times I’ll take this small win!

Noble Steed

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen


  1. Comment made on October 24, 2023 by Dan Nigro

    Yes, fall has finally made it to South Florida with morning temperatures dipping into the 70’s. Took Dee Dee for a nice long morning walk, the girl had a lot of “pee” mail to catch up on

  2. Comment made on October 23, 2023 by carey georgas

    Your father’s advice is the most eloquent description of “adapt or die” I’ve heard. I’ll enter my 70’s in a few months, and I’m discovering that for me, the critical piece of adapting is acceptance. That opens the door to possibilities I might not otherwise have recognized. Give me the woods, with its accompanying streams and lakes over the ocean any day. Peace.

  3. Comment made on October 22, 2023 by Matt Hofmann

    Appreciate the perspective. The River of time indeed….having turned 70 on the 20th my mind wanders to the getting older thoughts as well as the younger me and all that’s been. Hot Tuna, Champaign Illinois in 72, to Parker Ft Lauderdale in 2023 and more to follow
    I just have to be lot more careful climbing around the back of the rocket booster these days 🤓

  4. Comment made on October 22, 2023 by Steve Comeau

    Thank you for your thoughtful posts and observations. I share the same view as your father- try to accept and adapt.

  5. Comment made on October 21, 2023 by alexander pepiak

    The fall colors just starting….always breath taking….not sure if I prefer their beauty of the solace of the roar of the ocean.

    The fpr show was great

    • Comment made on October 21, 2023 by Jorma

      Hey Alex… Growing up on the East Coast and having lived in Key West there is something magnetic and majestic about the ocean… undeniably powerful. I also lived for a number of years on the ocean side of San Francisco… Awesome. All this being said wherever one lives they face the natural disasters that accompany the clime. I’ve lived in Southeast Ohio for over thirty years and have become accustomed to our regional disasters. I live on the top of a hill so the floods that come are not an immediate problem to me. The Derecho storms can be, but we’ve been lucky so far. My mind is wandering this morning but Sometimes we live here because we have to and sometimes it is a choice. After a while you just get used to it find find the beauty as it manifests itself.

      I think I’ll walk the dogs on this chilly fall day…

      • Comment made on October 22, 2023 by Tom in St. Louis

        Walking the dogs is an underrated pleasure. While they trot and sniff and mark their “territory”, we get to ruminate on the great topics of the day. Or not, as we prefer. And there’s nature, the sun and the wind, and the exercise that helps keep us in reasonable shape and breathing. I think I’ll do it right now.

  6. Comment made on October 19, 2023 by gregg

    views like that i dont know why people would want to live in a high rise ? g

  7. Comment made on October 19, 2023 by Tom in St. Louis

    Glad things went well for everyone in Darwin, a mere 350 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. More or less.

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