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If this looks interesting to you, check out my newest listing on ebay.  ~~dru~~

This is the title of a book from my Grandfather’s Mineral, Gem, Rock and Geology Collection that I am selling on eBay right now.  Most of these books I sold years ago but I just recently came across a small cache of them tucked away in the basement.  Here is an excerpt from the introduction if you are interested in Geology and or mining in the Southern California Region of the US.

TROUGHTS AND TREMBLORS – Rifting and Slipping

Hellhole Canyon was named by an early Borrego cowboy after deciding it was “one hell of a job to get wild cattle out of it.”  Picture him brooding up there in the boulder factory of Culp Valley, perched on the rim of Hellhole.  Perhaps he was sensing a larger truth about the entire Salton Trough, of which the Anza-Borrego region is the western edge.  Among other things, much of the contents of the Arizona’s Grand Canyon have been lost, eroded away, into this vast hole, structurally a part of the great and growing rift that is the Gulf of California.

Twenty thousand feet of these sediments mask the rumbling birth of new earth crust beneath the Salton Sea and Gulf Waters.  The great western barrier mountains of the Lagunas and San Ysidros are being lifted more than a mile into the sky as part of this rifting and earth birthing.  Anza-Borrego is, indeed, on the “edge of creation.”

Source: ISBN #: 0-932653-17-10

If this interests you, check out my auction here

Here is a link to my eBay auction for three books with emphasis on Southern California’s Trails

If you are interested in hiking or driving these historical trails or visiting some of our numerous remaining ghost towns this auction might interest you. 

Thank you if you take a peek.  ~~dru~~


“Seeing The Elephant” was a term heard often during the years of 1849-1859, the period of the great California Gold Rush.  The phrase was used by those woh dreamed of the instantaneous wealth that was believed could be found in California’s virgin earth and her mighty rivers.

John W. Hilton 1904-1983

The life of John W. Hilton was extraordinary.

He was born in China, the son of missionaries, was raised as a pastor’s kid in the American heartland, and then set his course in life on his own terms unencumbered by formal education.

Driven by a deep sense of curiosity, he became an expert gemologist, botanist, geologist and miner, zoologist, advisor to General George S. Patton, friend and fellow painter of General / President Eisenhower, master of guitar and song, a very good writer, and of course, he wasn’t bad with a palette knife or paint brush either.

John W. Hilton made his home in the Mohave Desert, living near but never actually in Palm Springs. He preferred the desert. Early in his career, he ran an off-the-beaten-path gem shop and gallery across the road from his landlord Russell, who sold date shakes at his “Valerie Jean’s” Date stand. Part of the deal was John could run his gem shop as long as he didn’t sell date shakes.

With a date shake in hand, desert travelers would stroll across the road and into John’s gem shop. Some showed interest in a few of his displayed artworks, and some of the more artsy visitors helped advance John’s painting talents.


I have his biography listed on eBay right now if anyone is interested click here


” Roald Dahl was a spy, an ace fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor.”


He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda,The BFG, and a treasury of original, evergreen, and beloved children’s books. He remains for many the world’s No. 1 storyteller.

Born in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg, Dahl was named after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian who had been the first man to reach the South Pole just four years earlier. A heroic start in life. But his early years were blighted by the tragic deaths of his older sister, Astri, and his father.

Wanting the best for her only son, his mother sent him to boarding school – first to St Peter’s, Weston-super-Mare; then, in 1929, to Repton – where many bizarre and memorable events would later be recounted in Boy. Pupils at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Dahl throughout his life, inspiring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Schooldays happily behind him, Dahl’s lust for travel took him first to Canada, then to East Africa, where he worked for an oil company until the outbreak of World War Two. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old.

In September 1940, Dahl received severe injuries to his head, nose and back when his Gladiator crash-landed in the Western Desert. After six months recovering from his injuries in Alexandria he returned to action, taking part in The Battle of Athens. Later, after a posting to Washington, he supplied intelligence to MI6.

In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. They divorced after 30 years, and he later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has furthered Roald’s legacy through the foundation of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

In 1960 Roald helped invent the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, prompted by the need to alleviate the head injuries endured by his son after an accident in New York.


If you want to own a small piece of his legacy visit my auction for his rhyming couplets a “retaling” (hee hee hee) of six classic fairy tales

“Revolting Rhymes”



I believe this to be the basin portion of a pair of wallpockets called Lavabos but I purchased it as a stand alone “Wall Planter”

If you’re interested go to my listing on eBay to see the description.  It is a lovely turquoise blue with brown flecks and if my outside walls were not made of plaster, I’d hang it on my patio as a bird feeder.  Please note that the first picture does not do the color justice  ~~dru~~


Here is Etsy Link for other Lavabos:

  • la·va·bo
    /ləˈväbō, ləˈvābō/

    1. (in the Roman Catholic Church) a towel or basin used for the ritual washing of the celebrant’s hands at the offertory of the Mass.



The history of the fine porcelain now known as “Limoges” begins with kaolin, the pure, soft white clay first discovered in China. This clay retains its pure white color when fired. Before they discovered the pure white clay, the Chinese used sandstone/stoneware. Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to see porcelain; he named it after very white and translucent shell. Vasco de Gama brought back the first porcelain objects to Europe in the fifteenth century

When a collector really loves the art and artifacts of the twentieth century, and focuses on a certain category of collectible or a time period within which to concentrate, quite often it is the Art Deco period which excites him the most. For those of you who agree, let me assure you that you are not alone! There is wonderful furniture, great art, magnificent architecture, and stellar fashions and jewelry from…

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In the hopes that I may start the New Year with some $$$, I’m starting to list on eBay again. Right now, I’m just relisting prior unsold items and I relisted this 18th Century Japanese Water Color in case someone got some money for Christmas and has decided they just can’t live without this.

A “girl” can always hope. Happy 2017 and visit my listing if for nothing more than a better look. It really is exquisite I just don’t have a frame or a wall for it. ~~dru~~







I have a fascination with geisha, not because I ever wanted to be one or had any hankering for the life style but because they were and still are depicted as such beautiful creatures; I just want to enjoy the astounding gracefulness and beauty as depicted in Japanese Art.  Therefore I have several pieces in what I call my “geisha collection”.

I have a wonderful framed exhibition poster of  Kotondo Torii “Morning Hair” from the1982 exhibition at the Riccar Art Museum GEISHAkotondoMORNINGHAIR in Toyko.

I have four figural  wall pockets of geisha; one of which depicts a geisha with a child just like my wood block above.  I cherish both of these because a geisha had to retire if she got married and if she had a child; a girl…

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Since I exploring my “Zen” for the coming year and since I’ve posted this 17th Century Water Color on eBay again; I’m reblogging my own post.



The practice of Zen entails the unraveling of a koan: a master’s statement, anecdote, or question, designed to provoke a student and test their progress.

Koan, Japanese Kōan, in Zen Buddhism of Japan, a succinct paradoxical statement or question used as a meditation discipline for novices, particularly in the Rinzai sect. The effort to “solve” a koan is intended to exhaust the analytic intellect and the egoistic will, readying the mind to entertain an appropriate response on the intuitive level. Each such exercise constitutes both a communication of some aspect of Zen experience and a test of the novice’s competence.

A characteristic example of the style is the well-known koan “When both hands are clapped a sound is produced; listen to the sound of one hand clapping.” Sometimes the koan is set in question-and-answer form, as in the question “What is Buddha?” and its answer, “Three pounds of…

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