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!
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
Vitalva River - Prague, 2009 The winter solstice, shortest day of the year, is on December 21st, at the height of the Christmas celebrations. Too many things are going on to notice how short the days are. Now that the holidays are behind us we soon realize how short the days are, how frigid they … Continue reading Long Nights
I'm working on our annual Christmas letter, which is always a struggle to get started. As thoughts swirl around in my head I get more and more frustrated. It takes awhile to organize my thoughts, which translates to, "relax, it's no big deal, blah, blah, blah". This was my first draft. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Christmas Cards
18 I went to the Iowa State Fair, mainly to see the 81st Photographic Salon. Four entries per person are allowed, but only one in each of several categories. There were 2,086 entries this year -- less than the normal 3,500 or more. This is my 8th year of participation. Three of my four entries … Continue reading Iowa State Fair
Wren's Nest The common House Wren is an interesting bird. Very industrious and known for their loud singing for such a small bird. The male wren starts several nests before looking for a mate. He gets the nests started with small twigs, then goes courting. The female then selects her favorite nest and finishes building … Continue reading Wren
Portland Sculpture Thought for the Day: He that speaks much, is much mistaken.Benjamin Franklin
About a year ago, we were sitting on the beach of our condo in Sanibel Island, Florida enjoying a beverage while watching the sun go down. Today, our friends from the Boston area are hunkered down in six feet of snow ... with more on the way. Uggh! The Midwest isn't exactly balmy, … Continue reading Happy Hour