About

Newly retired college professor, based in the Bay Area, California. I attempt… I try to write poetry, some fiction, a lot of personal history, and the usual ponderings and commentary rants. I also take photographs and sometimes work with photoshop just a little…okay, a lot, so much so that no original pixels are left. I also design in vector, some 3D. At one point, the only media that I laid claim to was sculpture. I like carving stone, no grinders, no power chisels, just using hand tools. Now, I’m getting to like working steel and knife making, maybe a little leatherwork. I keep busy.

I’ve been told this blog is huge. An eclectic collection of thoughts, images… some useful, some not. In some sense I’m building a virtual representation of who I am. Or who I would like to be? I should be more careful to edit the dreck. Then again, the dreck is the contrast necessary to shine light on the good! Really?

So, this blog is documenting an eclectic life, with eclectic interests.

11 Responses to About

  1. Dear John,
    I love all the work. Your sense of humor is lovely, and your sense of whimsey is always appreciated. Oh those beauties in the picture are worth a thousand words – my love to all – june

  2. Gill McGrath – UK – I am an artist. I love paper. I love using limited color/colour. I work quickly in oils and with pastels. Things close to hand make the best subjects for me. I write everyday.... shopping lists, to do lists, poetry of sorts... and a diary, often on the same page. And now I take photos everyday.....and I think I am a street photographer. I am 'In touch with Emma' at ~ gillmcgrath.com
    Gill McGrath says:

    Hey! I Like your stuff. A real joy. Glad I chanced on your site. Will continue to look around.

    • johndiestler – Lafayette, California – Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
      johndiestler says:

      Thank you, your blog is a delight as well.

  3. ἇRVℎℰℰ – GMT8+ SE Asia – I am mediocre night owl in an early bird's world, torn between left and right brain. English is my second language so I apologize for the occasional mistakes that you might see.
    ἇRVℎℰℰ says:

    Hi John,
    You have an amazing blog here. Im so glad I found this. I can learn alot from your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Kind regards.

  4. Che Presant says:

    John,
    It was so good running into you today. I have checked out your site and it is beautiful. Your writing is excellent and action packed. Your photography is amazing!
    I have picked up what I need to make the balls. I will make them next week. I was thinking I will get in touch with you early next week, and we can set up a time to bring these balls to you. You are number one in my book…Che

    • johndiestler – Lafayette, California – Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
      johndiestler says:

      Thanks Che. Call me!

  5. AmyRose🌹 – I am a Naturalist Visionary creating my world of Love, Beauty, and Truth as I walk this earth in Peace. My Intention is through the means of my blog, I bring to you Faith that this world we live in, no matter the dark illusions that are so rampant these days, can be changed for the better, as those who understand Love, together bring our world back to Her natural state of BEing .... LOVE.
    AmyRose🌹 says:

    Your blog is huge and there is SO much here that you have put your Heart and Mind into. Thank you for sharing yourself. I just followed you so I do look forward in getting to know you better, John. Much Love, <3

  6. rangerdon – Teacher, photographer, Ranger, writer. Author, THE LIFE AND TRUTH OF GEORGE R. STEWART. Father, grandfather. Wanderer
    rangerdon says:

    Thanks for following the George R. Stewart/Earth Abides weblog. You’re certainly in the right geographic area.

    So you’re with/or formerly with Contra Costa College? And live in Lafayette? I went to Acalanes and DVC. Small world. Taught Photography at Skyline College in San Bruno. Many crossings of the path.

    Thanks for this excellent weblog, which I will now follow.

    • johndiestler – Lafayette, California – Retired community college professor of graphic design, multimedia and photography, and chair of the fine arts and media department.
      johndiestler says:

      Hmm, yes, I spent well over 40 years at CCC in lots of different roles. Some had district responsibilities, so I got to know DVC quite well. Also spent some time visiting other colleges. Didn’t make it to Skyline, but a good friend is still at San Mateo. My daughter-in-law is full-time at DVC, and my wife is still full-time at CCC. I taught traditional and digital photography, but hired a great darkroom guy, so my last years were digital.

      Did you happen to see my post on your blog? I was thrilled to find your site, as Stewart holds a special spot in my heart.

      • rangerdon – Teacher, photographer, Ranger, writer. Author, THE LIFE AND TRUTH OF GEORGE R. STEWART. Father, grandfather. Wanderer
        rangerdon says:

        Thanks, John.

        I have not been able to find your post – since WP “improved” with this editor I’m hearing that some folks’ posts vanish. I’ll try to get my personal email to you and we can communicate that way.

  7. rangerdon – Teacher, photographer, Ranger, writer. Author, THE LIFE AND TRUTH OF GEORGE R. STEWART. Father, grandfather. Wanderer
    rangerdon says:

    PS I’ll be following on email….

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