Sunday, July 31, 2011

Of Knowing and Acceptance

It’s poignant to see a young couple start out with the future wide open. It’s bittersweet to be reminded of our own past. Perhaps it’s best to remember the good fortune we’ve had than ruminate over mistakes and setbacks and opportunities we let pass. It’s all over now. Gaze forward with a resolve to live up to our dreams while there's still time.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Secret - SHUSH!

My neighbor has been telling me some scary stuff about my street, crime-wise, so I went to Amazon and bought one of these yard signs plus 10 window stickers.

I also called the electrician to install some flood lights over the back stairs leading to the door. I also have a Rossi .38 Special revolver next to my bed.

I hope it all helps.
102° right now.

American painter Roy Frederick Spreter 1899–1967

"Bubbling Love of Fun!"
For Cream of Wheat cereal

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Photographer James Bo Insogna, Longmont, Colorado

 "Power Lines"


Blue orchid

                    I heard about orchids once

                    that there are species which will not bloom
                    every season
                    like clockwork.

                   On the outside they appear barren,
                   producing nothing. But under
                   the dirt there is movement.

                   the roots are expanding and gathering,
                   listening to the world above. Wait.

                   When conditions are right, buds will unfold
                   and make you gasp
                   with gratitude.


Tropical paradise

The ocean was wonderful.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Margam Castle, Wales

Margam Castle is a large Victorian manor house and not really a castle at all. It was commissioned by Christopher Talbot in 1830, took 10 years to build, and was designed in the 19th Century Gothic Revival style. It sits on a site dating back 4000 years. The site was also an abbey dating to the 11th Century. The Margam estate was used by British and American forces during World War II, but fell into disrepair in the 1970s, followed by a large fire, and had to be restored by the local council. In 2010 it was featured in the Syfy channel's Ghost Hunters International TV program.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The fascinating pistachio nut

Pistachios originated in Western Asia, Iran and Syria, and is one of two nuts mentioned in the Bible. In the United States they are grown mainly in California, and Americans eat 80,000 tons of them each year, second only to China. A pistachio tree grows 30 feet tall and it takes about 10 years for a tree to produce fruit, and it peaks at around 20 years. The iconic shells crack open on the tree and it makes an audible sound. There are many foods made with pistachio nuts, including baklava and biscotti.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Scottish photographer Michael Murphy

Loch Garry at Sunset

Peace and Love to Ringo

Happy 71st birthday to our favorite All-Starr Band leader, Ringo Starr.

Still married to Barbara Bach and still (perpetually) on tour.

We love you yeah yeah yeah.