Arthur in Decline

Alfred E. Newman, of Mad Magazine fame had an avocado sapling named ‘Arthur’. A year or so ago, I germinated a couple of avocado pits as well. Here are a couple of my paintings of Arthur as a sprout: Arthur’s Roots, Arthur On His Own, Checking In On Arthur, Arthur Update. This is Arthur today: Arthur has […]

Not Anymore…

I love the Pink Panther movies. Inspector Clouseau, a bumbling French detective, brilliantly played by Peter Sellers, is prone to misguided theories, unending hilarious pratfalls and other sight gags. I don’t remember which movie this scene was in, but Clouseau’s antics caused the destruction of a grand piano. One of the guests exclaimed, “That was […]


I don’t know how old Arthur is. I thought I was a better parent than that, but I guess I’m not. It may be because it is so hard to tell from which point to start. Do I start counting the time from when his seed split? When the root started? When the stem sprouted? […]

Checking In On Arthur

Those of you just joining me may not know that I have a pet avocado plant that I named Arthur. I had a difficult time getting him off the bottle he was sprouted on. It seemed that when I transplanted him the first time, I had the wrong kind of dirt (who knew?).  So I […]

Giant Avocado Picture

Actually my watercolor study isn’t all that big (12″x9″) but it certainly is a lot bigger than the actual avocado itself… Arthur Jr. I’ve been eating a lot of avocados. In addition to being healthy for me, I can’t resist the temptation to see if I can sprout another tree. Those of you who have […]

New Growth

It was a bit rainy yesterday, so I was thrilled to see the sunlight on the porch this morning. In addition to visiting my pink flower, I took a look at Arthur, my pet avocado sapling. Those of you who follow my blog probably know the saga of Arthur. It was touch and go for […]

Good News

It’s about Arthur, my pet avocado tree. I was feeling a bit down this morning, missing the company that we had for the past week or two. I went out on the back porch with the idea of further documenting Arthur’s demise, much like I did with my dragonfruit (Single Dragonfruit, Symmetry, Dragonfruit Unchained, Dragonfruitus Resumptus and Aging Dragonfruit, Old […]


First things first. As I mentioned yesterday, the kids have arrived. The Chicago and LA contingents converged to celebrate William’s first birthday. We’re having a great time. William is wandering all over the place, touching everything. He is curious about everything. Sidra and I had a little drawing session – we postponed the rock-painting session […]

Arthur’s Roots

I feel really bad for Arthur. He was doing so well. But his roots were getting dense and started to curl around; he looked crowded, even though he was getting another sprouting of leaves. Arthur is my pet avocado tree that I started on top of a Mason jar. The other day I decided it was […]

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