Happy Birthday!

Fireworks Stand July 4, 2022 -- the 246th birthday of the United States of America! Notwithstanding the worthless, no-display big-boom fireworks that prevail today, Independence Day is my all-time favorite holiday. Thought for the Day: The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.Benjamin … Continue reading Happy Birthday!

Rest Stop

Old Folks Four elderly people passing the day away on the front porch rockers. It looks like a Rest Home rather than a rest stop during a busy day of sightseeing. The sign on the right provides the alibi. Thought for the Day: Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever … Continue reading Rest Stop

Lazy Days

Cedar Creek, 2022 The "lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer" (Nat King Cole song from the 60's) are upon us. Nothing like a good book, hammock and a quiet lake to relax. Thought for the Day: Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgement will … Continue reading Lazy Days

1975 Tornado

Omaha, 1975 On May 6, 1975 an F4 tornado (wind speeds between 207 and 260 mph) touched down in Sarpy County around 4:30 PM. It entered southwest Douglas County, close to where I lived at the time, and continued northeast, cutting a swath 8 miles long right through the city of Omaha. The billboard in … Continue reading 1975 Tornado

Ringling Museum of Art

Ringling Museum - Sarasota, FL The Ringling Museum of Art (The Ringling), located in Sarasota, FL., was founded in 1927 by John and Mable Ringling. It is now the official State Art Museum of Florida. Also located on the 66 acre estate overlooking Sarasota Bay is the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum and the Ringling Ca' … Continue reading Ringling Museum of Art

Last But Not Least

Easter Egg Hunt The 30th Annual Chapel Hills Easter Egg Hunt drew a big crowd this year. In spite of the chilly weather, people were eager to embrace a sense of normality. When the whistle blew, the surge of participants looked like a rendition of Bunker Hill. This patient four year old let the sugar-seeking … Continue reading Last But Not Least

What!?

Siesta Key Mailbox The beautiful bougainvillea in full bloom caught my attention in a quiet neighborhood of Siesta Key, FL. But, the mailbox through the wall is what kept my attention. The driveway entrance to the property is 50' to my left, and the wall continues to my right as well. The house inside the … Continue reading What!?

Bubble Room

Bubble Room - Captiva The Bubble Room is a tourist attraction disquised as a great restaurant. Located in an old 3-story house on Captiva Island, the decor started in 1979 with a Christmas theme. The Christmas lights are still on but hardly noticed, being upstaged by the thousands of framed B&W photos of celebrities from … Continue reading Bubble Room

Spring Planting

First Planting March came in like a lamb with several warm days in the high 60's, tempting all the gardeners to put something (anything) in the ground. As usual, March has a little something for everyone, and it went out roaring like a lion, ending with several blustery days in the 30's. Oh well, it … Continue reading Spring Planting

Closed!

Joslyn, 2nd floor looking east Beginning May 2nd, Omaha's popular Joslyn Museum will be closed for two years. A $100 MM expansion project is already underway. This photo was taken from the second floor, next to the giant Chihuly glass sculpture. Omaha's Central High School can be seen in the background. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Closed!

Thumbs Up!

LRTI Surgery My thumbs don't work anymore -- no cartilage left in the basal joint, the one that connects the thumb to the wrist. Anti-inflammatory medication hasn't worked, and cortizone shots are only temporary. So, I decided to have LRTI surgery --Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition. The operation was two days ago on my right … Continue reading Thumbs Up!

Care Giver

St. Petersburg - 2017 In my sheltered part of the world, mid-west America, I would be hard pressed to find a scene like this. A "care giver" smoking. Ughh, well, at least he's outside. Twenty-eight states have comprehensive "No Smoking" laws, which prohibit smoking in all government buildings, private workplaces, schools, health care, bars and … Continue reading Care Giver

Bridge of Lions

St. Augustine - 2019 The Bridge of Lions crosses the Matanzas River near the south end of St. Augustine's Old Town in northeast Florida. The bridge provides access to Anastasia Island, a barrier island protecting the mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. This photo was taken shortly after sunrise. Thought for the Day: We cannot do … Continue reading Bridge of Lions

Super Bowl XXX

Yesterday was Super Bowl XVI (56, converted for your convenience) and I've watched every one of them ... three in person. Every year the Super Bowl is a "red letter" day on my calendar. Most memorable of all was the first one I attended, Super Bowl XXX (30) -- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys. I … Continue reading Super Bowl XXX

Conestoga

Scottsbluff National Monument - Nebraska The first conestoga wagon was built in Conestoga, Pennsylvania in 1750. The covered wagons were solidly built out of heavy oak, with high axles to clear rocks, brush and tree stumps. It could haul six tons of cargo and was covered with heavy canvas. Covered wagons were common place during … Continue reading Conestoga

Lavender

Lavender - San Juan Island In temperate climates all over the world, you will find Lavender. Its history dates back to the Romans who used it in bathwater. Its versatility comes from 47 different varieties used in flower gardens, cooking, cosmentics and therapeutic oils. There are lavender fields within a short drive of my home … Continue reading Lavender

Yoga

How Many Want Yoga? Remember all those munchies, fancy desserts, and lavish meals you enjoyed during the recent holidays? Remember the promise you made? To exercise more after New Year's to make up for this rare lack of will power and minor selfish indulgence? Wait! What was that? What did you say? I'm sure I … Continue reading Yoga

Hear Yee, Hear Yee!

Special Event Parking Man standing on the curb in a residential neighborhood next to a large venue for special events -- stadium, arena, racetrack, etc. Yelling at cars full of fans looking for a place to park. Using his front yard for event parking. "Parking! $10" "CLOSE to the stadium!" "Easy in, Easy out!" "HEY! … Continue reading Hear Yee, Hear Yee!

Christmas Tree

2010 The Christmas tree at the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE is a traditional favorite. The tradition started in the early 1930's when Union Pacific set up a tree in their railroad terminal. This year's tree stands over 45' tall. Now, that's a Christmas Tree! Thought for the Day: A love of tradition has never … Continue reading Christmas Tree